The war for wage increases comparable to inflation between companies and unions has one of its main battlefields in the Valencian Community in the footwear sector, which has been negotiating a collective agreement for months with little progress. The bosses offer a rise of 11.5% in four years while the unions have already called protests and threaten a strike on December 1.
According to the Valencian Association of Footwear Entrepreneurs (Avecal), the proposal made by the footwear employers of the Valencian Community to the unions present at the negotiating table, UGT and CCOO, specifies an increase of 4% from 1 July 2022, a figure that would exceed the salary increase established by the Government of Spain for civil servants of 3.5% in 2023.
The proposal also reflects an increase of 3% for 2023, 2.5% for 2024 and 2% more for 2025, a last increase that would be revised based on the real CPI at the end of the term, capped at 2% or the same proposal placing the rise for 2022 at 2.5% from January 1.
Until now , several Valencian business sectors have managed to close agreements and have seen their salary costs increase .
Despite the salary increase that it proposes, this offer collides with the position of the unions, which insist on defending that the increase be linked to the evolution of inflation and that a revision clause be included that allows the increase in the CPI to be equalized. The workers also claim to reduce the annual working day set in the agreement and eliminate flexibility measures that they call unnecessary.
In fact, the CCOO and the UGT have called a rally tomorrow at the Avecal headquarters in Elche in a campaign called “Salary or conflict” due to the lack of progress. They also threaten to call a strike on December 1.
Avecal maintains the channels of dialogue with the representatives of the workers to close, with the path of the agreement and the negotiation table, a definitive agreement that ensures a level of income for the workers and the viability of the companies in the sector.
For the president of Avecal, Marián Cano, “the unions’ rejection of this salary proposal, which even improves the conditions that public officials and workers will receive next year, is not understood.” “We believe that it is a good, sensible and reasonable proposal, which was born with the idea of mitigating the increase in costs caused by high inflation and mitigating the loss of purchasing power that footwear employees are experiencing due to the rise in prices. of consumption,” says Cano.
“Despite the great economic uncertainty that exists, the foreseeable economic recession that could reach Spain and the rise in the cost of raw materials, energy costs and problems with supplies, footwear entrepreneurs are making a significant effort to increase wages, and that the employees of the sector do not lose their purchasing power”, specifies the president of Avecal.
For this reason, from Avecal the unions are summoned to continue the negotiation process. “We are still at the negotiation table and we have not gotten up at any time since we started it, we are still willing to negotiate and we are open to it. We want to achieve an agreement that benefits all footwear employees, but that allows for the footwear sector to face the very difficult economic situation in which it finds itself,” emphasizes Cano.
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