The meeting between the highest references of the CGT was just a while before the INDEC announced that March inflation was 6.7%, the highest in the last 20 years.
“It was already known that the price increase was going to be more than 6%, (Economy Minister Martín) Guzmán himself had anticipated it,” says a union leader who participated in that event. conclave last week at UPCN.
There, what was decided as a common strategy is to seek that salary agreements be for between three and four months maximum and that the increases are higher than the inflation rates.
This scheme is precisely the one that had already been negotiated by the Federation of Commercial Employeesthe most important union in the private sector due to the number of workers it represents: 1.2 million throughout the country.
According to the sources consulted, this week the union will close an agreement that includes an increase of between 20 and 23% but for just three months, April, May and June.
The intention is to close the agreement with the Argentine Chamber of Commerce (CAC), the Confederation of Medium-Sized Enterprises (CAME) and the Union of Commercial Entities (UDECA) and take it to the Ministry of Labor for approval.
In June, the guild led by Armando Cavalieri wants to sit down to negotiate again with the three employers’ chambers.
“No one can predict how much inflation will be this year, that is why we prefer to negotiate for a short period and discuss again in June”, they based on the mercantile union.
A similar scheme is being considered by other powerful unions, such as the Construction Union (UOCRA) and the state unions of the UPCN.
In a private sector union, they pointed out Clarion that Cristina Kirchner, with the increase of $20,000 that she gave 10 days ago to the legislative staff, “kicked the board” of joint negotiations.
“On a salary of $100,000, $20,000 is 20%. No one is going to ask for less than that.” they indicated.
In the CGT they share that vision. And they add. “Cristina did it on purpose. From the political point of view, there was a fairly homogeneous criterion on the part of the unions and the Ministries of Economy and Labor and she came out with that increase. His move was to undermine the agreements that were already underway”.
The one that took note of the increase granted to the legislative staff by Cristina -as president of the Senate- and the head of the Deputies, Sergio Massa, was the Truckers’ union.
“We ask that the percentage that they have achieved in the Senate and the Chamber of Deputies be applied to us, those 20,000 pesos to the basic salary,” Hugo Moyano said last week. From the employer sector they replied that the request is “impossible” to fulfill.
This week the UOM will hold its congress of delegates in Mar del Plata. There were versions that the metallurgists would seek to review their 45% parity, signed in March by the previous leadership headed by Antonio Caló.
But in the guild they told Clarion what for now “There is no possibility (of reviewing the parity). The agreement came into effect in April.