Unions threaten an "escalation of actions" if there is no progress in the negotiation of banking agreements

MADRID, 9 Ene.

Unions threaten an "escalation of actions" if there is no progress in the negotiation of banking agreements


CCOO, UGT and FINE have threatened this Tuesday with an "escalation of actions" during the first quarter if there is no progress in the negotiation of new collective agreements for banking, savings and credit cooperatives.

These three unions, which are presenting themselves to the negotiations jointly, affirm that, since the negotiation tables for these agreements were established at the end of 2023, the employers "have not made the slightest progress on basic and urgent issues, such as salary and the ceiling of loans, in addition to improving the work environment".

"Time is running out and, within two months, the entities will present at their general shareholders meetings the magnificent results obtained in 2023," they add.

Thus, they consider that the employers' associations AEB, CECA, Unacc and Asemecc "must understand" that they cannot attend the next negotiation meetings "castled" in proposals "for minimum wage increases, absolutely unjustifiable with the benefits obtained and future forecasts." to continue getting them.

They continue to ensure that "the countdown begins" to ensure labor peace in the sector. "If the employers' associations in the financial sector do not understand that they must return to their staff, in the form of a social dividend, part of what they contribute to the profits, which they are going to project at the general shareholders' meetings held at the end of March, UGT , CCOO and FINE will launch an escalation of actions during this quarter, with the dates of said meetings marked in red," they threaten.

CCOO, UGT and FINE, which have joined together in a common front for these negotiations, have presented their priorities to the employers, which involve achieving a salary increase of between 17% and 23% in three years, a limitation on the interest rates on loans granted to employees and measures to improve the work environment.

For its part, AEB proposed in December a four-year agreement, instead of three, with a salary increase of 7%, an increase that would be carried out with compensation and absorption, while CECA proposed a three-year increase of 5%. , both proposals that were rejected by the unions.

It is worth remembering that the fourth negotiation meeting for the banking agreement with AEB is scheduled to be held tomorrow, and on Thursday it will be with CECA. In the case of credit cooperatives, whose negotiations began in mid-December, and not in November, the second meeting will be held next Monday, January 15.