Spain - Unions reject minimum wage offer of outgoing government - December 31, 2015

The trade union confederations UGT and CC.OO have rejected the offer of the outgoing government to raise the minimum wage barely one percent in 2016. The outgoing administration notified in writing the two major trade unions of its proposal to increase the minimum monthly wage (SMI), which would stand at 655.08 euro in 2016 (currently at the level of 648.60 euro). This raise is much lower than the claims of both trade unions confederations, which asked a rise in the minimum wage of 11 percent in 2016 (up to 720 euro) and a similar percentage in 2017 (up to 800 euro). Both unions explained that with these increases the minimum wage would approach 60 percent of the net average wage, as recommended by the European Social Charter.

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For more information, please contact the editor Jan Cremers, Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Labour Studies (AIAS) cbn-aias@uva.nl or the communications officer at the ETUI, Mariya Nikolova mnikolova@etui.org. For previous issues of the Collective bargaining newsletter please visit http://www.etui.org/E-Newsletters/Collective-bargaining-newsletter. You may find further information on the ETUI at www.etui.org, and on the AIAS at www.uva-aias.net.


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