Spain - Wage increases discussed - November 30, 2016
The minority government is confronted with a bill put forward by the Unidos Podemos to raise the minimum wage. Although the ruling Popular Party (PP) opposes raising the minimum monthly salary from €655.20 to €800 on January 1, 2018, there is no legal way to stop it, given that the prime minister is heading a minority government with no power to impose its views in a fragmented parliament. The government has planned to meet with trade unions and employers to discuss the matter. The two major trade unions, CC OO and UGT, have been repeatedly demanding a quick hike to €800, followed by a more gradual raise to €1,000 (spread out over 14 monthly payments). The trade unions have also formulated their demands for the coming bargaining season. CC OO and UGT formulated a demand of wage increases within a range of 1.8 to 3%. The Central Independent and Public Employees Trade Union (CSIF) requests, among other things, that public servants and employees will recover the part of their salaries that the former government lowered down.
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