26 jun 2018


"CEOE’s Board of Directors has given its approval to the preliminary agreement signed with the unions", said Juan Rosell, president of CEOE. At a press conference also held by the president of Cepyme, Antonio Garamendi, the entrepreneurs explained that "w

"The economy has already recovered and employment is growing at a rate of 3%, creating almost 500,000 jobs a year," said Rosell, adding that "the proposal we make to the unions is based on actual facts". "With this agreement we want to place companies at the centre of society," he stressed.

CEOE and CEPYME give their approval to the agreement with the Unions
CEOE and CEPYME give their approval to the agreement with the Unions — ©CEOE

This agreement with the unions, within the framework of the National Collective Bargaining Agreement (AENC), has been signed for the next three years: "We believe it is very important because it gives stability and serenity," Rosell said. In addition, the president of CEOE emphasized the new issues introduced in this pact, such as absenteeism, training and productivity.

With respect to the minimum wage, the social agents have agreed to raise it to €14,000 per year: "It is the desirable goal to give a boost to low wages," said Rosell.

The president and the vice-president of CEOE wanted to highlight the "effort" being done by the Spanish business community. " Entrepreneurs are making an effort in relation to society," said Garamendi. Specifically, the president of Cepyme referred to two of the issues included in the agreement that are "fundamental" for entrepreneurs, such as the underground economy and unwanted absenteeism.

"The underground economy is the worst enemy of Spanish businessmen," said Garamendi. The annex signed by the social partners also adds a section dedicated to training. "Training is the basis for the future, in order to fit into the new era of digitalization," added the vice president of CEOE.

Meanwhile, Garamendi explained that the agreement also contemplates other issues such as retirement, equality or job insecurity. "Entrepreneurs are at the forefront of these issues because we want a better country," he concluded.