The complex context that exists at the international level pushes prices to exorbitant levels, putting both family economies and companies themselves at risk. Therefore, it is difficult to find a balance between the amount due to workers and what the firms that hire them can pay. The current reality is Salaries increased by 2.5 percent in the province Inflation hovers at 8.7% and the increase in Alicante is almost half the average recorded in the Community. These percentages, as might be expected, also led to discordant responses, because unions complain about unions. loss of purchasing power of employeesthe employer feels that the companies are doing an exercise of responsibility.
According to the latest data released by the Ministry of Labor, in the first four months of the year total 56 contracts affecting 84,239 workers, with an average salary increase of 2.57%. This percentage is slightly higher than the national 2.4%, but still below that for the entire Valencian Community, reaching 4.13%. In particular, the increase in Valencia province was 6.77%, while in Castellón it was 2.48%.
In any case, these increase the opposition to fully ignited inflation and much more. Figures released by the National Institute of Statistics (INE) this Friday show that the Consumer Price Index (CPI) fell slightly by 0.4% in April. Despite this, the increase in the first four months of the year was 3.4 percent. rose to 8.7% in annual comparison.
Therefore, unions are sounding the alarm about the loss of purchasing power of workers. Paco García, CC OO’s secretary at l’Alacantí and Les Marines, regrets that negotiations with the employers’ association for the Employment and Collective Bargaining Agreement (AENC) have failed and that such important agreements are now being made for the state. like those of Alicante trade and hospitality. García also points out that wages are lower in Alicante due to “practically monoculture in the service sector”, and therefore urges employers to make an effort “so that workers don’t once again pay for the rotten dishes alone”. by the crisis”.
At the same border, UGT secretary Yaissel Sánchez expresses himself in similar terms, pointing out that “the most important thing for employers is: there is no rejection of salary review articles. The unions have no intention of suffocating companies, the balance we are looking for.”
In this sense, it should be noted that CC OO and UGT agreed on the increases they will demand in collective bargaining, which will be 3.5% in 2022, 2.5% in 2023 and 2% in 2024. with revision clauses
From the Valencian Business Confederation (CEV), for its part, salary increases in the state of Alicante are not far from the average, and that the percentages agreed in the agreements ” an example of responsibility “By the union, which is betting on moderate increases depending on the situation in which the sector or company in question is in question, in response to the current economic uncertainty arising from both the business and the health crisis and the occupation of Ukraine”.
Only energy, transportation and health prices are falling
The Consumer Price Index (CPI) for the province of Alicante fell 0.4% in April compared to the previous month, due to decreases in energy estimated at 10.7%, transportation at 4.9% and health estimated at 0.2%. %. Everything continued to rise, including the most basic items in the shopping cart. As a matter of fact, food and non-alcoholic beverages increased by 3.5%, while alcoholic beverages and tobacco increased by 0.3%. However, the main increase is in clothing and shoes with 12.2%, followed by furniture with 1.7% and restaurants and hotels with 1.4%.