CGTP's secretary-general said today that he would reject a Social Concertation agreement that would lessen the possibility for business and trade union organizations to negotiate wage increases and warned that a "wage cartelization" could be heading.
“We looked more broadly at the hypothesis of the discussion on an agreement on income and competitiveness, and what we consider is that we may be facing an attempt at organized boss cartelization to contain, even moderate, or even set wage caps at Armenio Carlos told reporters at the end of a National Council meeting.
The analysis of the agreement on competitiveness and income that will begin to be discussed in Social Concertation at a meeting scheduled for November 27 was one of the agenda items of this National Council meeting.
In the end, Armenio Carlos stressed that CGTP will not accept this “attempt to cartelize wages”, nor that the Government should give compensation to the employers' confederations, namely the level of support for recapitalization or regarding the Work Compensation Fund (FCT).
For the CGTP leader, the money in this Fund (which currently exceeds 340 million euros) “is not from the bosses, but from the workers. It is money that has not been paid to workers who have since been laid off ”and now receive lower compensation.
For CGTP, any discussion of income policy "immediately requires the Government to attack the cause of blocking collective bargaining", repealing the rule of forfeiture.
The trade union central will wait to see the government's proposal on income policy, but is warning that there is a need to stop any “possibility of employers' subversion of negotiating criteria”, namely the inflation (which does not take into account housing) and productivity.
The CGTP also considers that the Government has to “clearly assume the assumptions and the coordinates, both of the negotiating principles and the factors of this negotiation, to show that there is a break with the low wage model”.
This week, at the end of a Social Concertation meeting, Ana Mendes Godinho said she wanted the discussion on the income and competitiveness agreement to be “a quick process” and admitted that some measures agreed with the social partners could already be part of the proposal. State Budget 2020 (OE2020), to be delivered to parliament by December 15.
At the 27th meeting will be present, in addition to the Minister of Labor, the Minister of State, Economy and Digital Transition, Siza Vieira, and the Secretary of State for Tax Affairs, António Mendonça Mendes.
The resolution adopted by the CGTP National Council reiterates the requirement that by 2020 all workers have a salary increase of at least 90 euros and includes a set of union-political actions to be developed by the trade union center by the end of the year. will include holding a week to combat precariousness.
This action to combat precariousness (both in the public and private sector) will take place between December 2 and 6 through demonstrations, tribals, plenary sessions and strikes.
The National Council also addressed the holding of the 14th CGTP Congress, which will take place on February 14 and 15, in Seixal, during which the new elected National Council will choose the new secretary general.