Labour Research September 2017

European news

Failure to agree on pay in Spain

Unions and employers in Spain have failed to agree on pay recommendations for 2017. When the two sides signed a three-year settlement in 2015, they set recommendations for pay increases in the first two years, but details for 2017 deal were to be hammered out closer to the date. 

Despite negotiations carrying on into July, the two sides have now accepted that they have failed. The unions wanted an increase of between 1.8% and 3.0%, but the employers were only prepared to offer between 1.2% and 2.5%. 

Unions will now negotiate locally without an agreed national recommendation and the unions have promised “a hot autumn”.