The employers of El Corte Inglés and Carrefour agree with the unions on a historic wage increase of 17% in 4 years

Historic agreement in the department store sector after several weeks of tough negotiations. The employer of El Corte Inglés, Carrefour, Alcampo, Ikea or Apple and the unions have reached an agreement whereby the 260,000 workers in the sector they will see their salary increased by 17% in 4 years, 14% corresponding to a fixed increase and 3% to a single payment.

Specifically, in 2023 will pay a fixed 4.5%, in 2024 a fixed 4.5%, in 2025 a fixed 3% and in 2026 a fixed 2%. “This increase puts our group of professionals at a minimum salary of 18,000 euros per year at the end of the agreement, that was our goal and we have achieved it,” he says. Antonio Pérez, general secretary of Fetico.

This increase is practically the one claimed by the social table made up of the Fetico Independent Union Confederation (majority union with 54%) CCOO, Valorian and UGT. These demanded increases of 18%.

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It also represents a significant increase on the part of the Anged employer whose last offer was to raise wages by 11% in the same period of time.

This salary increase is historic. It is the highest of those claimed by the unions. It should be remembered that in 2021 and 2022 the rise was only 1% due to the pandemic. And that the previous agreement (2017-2020) included an increase of 7.5%.

Sundays and holidays

In addition, salary concepts such as allowances, the payment of the vacation bag is increased by 29% (450 euros) or teleworking by 40% (35 euros).

The other great subject of debate has been the reduction of Sundays and holidays to work, where the current percentages have been reduced to 30%, this being the retail agreement where less Sundays and holidays are worked in Spain.

50% will go to work up to 15 openings (two Sundays less), from 16 openings to 25 40%, from 25 to general opening 30% and in general opening a number of 22 Sundays to which a united free Saturday is added. to Sunday of rest.

“This sector is a pioneer in the drastic reduction of Sundays to work, which also encourages the increase in part-time hours, which is one of the endemic ills of the country’s labor system,” explains Antonio Pérez.

Besides, the agreement improves conciliation with an eight-hour permit that its use is extended to dependent people or people over 70 years of age to accompany them to medical emergencies, the increase from 6 free Saturdays and Sundays to nine free Saturdays a year.

It also encompasses a concern for equality, job security or women victims of gender violence who in case of transfer will have 750 euros of help.

In addition, the sector’s evolution observatory will guarantee a commitment of 90% permanent employment and adaptation to the needs of the sector in the coming years.

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