Garamendi questions Díaz’s experts and asks that the CEOE be heard


The recently re-elected president of the CEOE, Antonio Garamendihas urged this Thursday the second vice president and Minister of Labor, Yolanda Diaznot to “take refuge” in the committee of experts to decide how much should raise the Minimum Interprofessional Wage (SMI) for 2023. “You can rely on the experts, but the experts set up when you want something. Experts are the ones I have, I have two million companies and 1.5 million freelancers (in CEOE) and who are the ones who in the end pay the SMI”, Garamendi stressed in statements to Antena 3 and collected by Europa Press.

The business leader, who yesterday he was re-elected with a support of more than 80%, has affirmed that the CEOE does not say that the SMI should not be raised, but that it cannot be done at the same percentage as inflation, since that would be “unrealistic and irresponsible”. Garamendi has further argued that In more than nine autonomous regions, the SMI is above the 60% target of the average salary and that, despite the fact that the SMI has risen 35% in recent years, “many companies have not been able to index this increase to their contracts with the State”, which, moreover, cannot be waived by law and the They are “at a loss”.

The business leader has also stressed that he is not saying that wages in general should not rise in Spain, but has specified that “cannot sign” that they do it with the CPIas all the organizations, including the Bank of Spain, warn that this runs the risk of inflation becoming structural (second round effects).

On the rise of the SMI

Asked about the first vice president’s wish, Nadia Calvinoto “reactivate” the negotiation of an income agreement with the social agents once the CEOE elections have passed, Garamendi has stressed that The employer has not stopped “at any time” from negotiatingbut he has asked that “the terms are not confused”, since an income agreement is not only for one year, but for a legislature or more, and it is not reduced only to talking about salaries.

Regarding the electoral result that has given him a second term at the head of the CEOE, the Basque businessman has stressed that the support obtained for his candidacyhigher than 80%, they represent an “absolute revalidation” of the work that has been done business organization in the last four years. In addition, he wanted to tell his detractors that in the CEOE “no one is left over” and that, after the elections, “everyone returns together” to the employers.

Asked if he will integrate Virginia Guindahis rival in these elections, in the leadership of the CEOE, or if Promotion of Work will maintain one of the vice presidencies, Garamendi has assured that “he does not have a blue notebook” and that No one knows right now whether or not he will be vice president or part of the Executive Committee. “I will see it calmly,” said Garamendi, who recalled that all this will be discussed at the Board of Directors that has been convened for December 21.


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