Conflict or salary increase It is absurd that UGT and CCOO unions raised this morning at the gates of Granada Confederation of Entrepreneurs. This was within the context of concentrations taking place across the country to demand that employers agree to quality employment.
Daniel Mesa, general secretary of CCOO Granada explained that it was acceptable for employers to raise wages in a province such as Granada. This is so that the working classes can deal with the sharp rises in prices and inflation that is threatening them>>. He pointed out that prices are increasing and corporate profits are holding steady, but salaries have lost their purchasing power.
CCOO demanded a raise in the Interprofessional minimum wage to protect those with low incomes and the most vulnerable. He warned that while companies seek to preserve their profit margins, they are drowning in the consumption of working- and self-employed people living in Granada.
It is true that, even though prices are rising faster than production costs, the union leader understands that it's possible to raise wages while maintaining business surpluses. This does not imply a rise in final product price.
"We are at risk of the economic model in our city," Mesa said. CCOO "will fight to the negotiating table agreement by agreement, sector after sector, decent conditions and support for the working class that is enduring the burden of the current crisis."
The general secretary of CCOO Granada warned that "if employers don't agree to wage increases or clauses to preserve purchasing power in the agreements," conflict will escalate in the fall.
He concluded, "For all these factors, we are facing a first of a series mobilizations that could continue over the next months."
Juan Francisco Martin, general secretary of UGT, recalled that prices continue to rise and have reached historic highs. This has been transferred to underlying inflation, which doesn't take into consideration unprocessed foods or energy products. This is alarming. He pointed out that wages are not growing, which causes a substantial decrease in the purchasing power for workers.
UGT's representative has made it clear that both large and small-sized companies have benefits. Therefore, there is no reason why workers shouldn't see their wages increase. He says that mobilization is necessary to inform employers that we won't come out of the conflict if they are unable to negotiate with the unions and open the processes to move forward.
He has stated that employers should be aware that they can achieve it through calm negotiation or social conflict.
"We are coming from a year full of accomplishments, which has led to historic changes in our country. The wage battle will also be won. He concluded that it is not a good idea to engage in a confrontation when these can be resolved at the negotiation table to improve the living conditions and working conditions for all citizens.