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The unions no longer believe in the inflation of Sergio Massa: they close short parities and with extras


With the minister's endorsement, they are looking for agreements per quarter and additional benefits that stretch the real increase, masking that the 60% annual guideline "doesn't run anymore."

Short-term agreements, compensation for income tax discounts, non-remunerative bonuses and special payments, and even extra-salary supplements.


list of resources is extensive

for the objective of the unions of the


, where Kirchnerists commune with historical union caciques, of

stretching the real percentage of salary increases

agreed in parities, masking the concrete fact that they no longer see it as viable to commit to the guideline of 60% per year envisioned by

Sergio Massa


Accumulated inflation in the first two months of the year and the prospect that it will be impossible to fulfill his own promise to reach April with a price increase of 4% on average does not leave room for 

maneuver for the Minister of Economy

, which ends up

validating the shortcuts

that unionists promote to

increase pocket increases

beyond the percentages that are formally disseminated.

The definition of the bank parity last Friday was a good example, although not the only one: Massa actively participated in the negotiations and enabled the incorporation of an

unprecedented compensation for discounts in Profits

that, together with other additional payments, raises the real increase for bankers from 32.5% to

40% for a five-month agreement


In May the sector will sit down to discuss a new increase.

The compensation for Profits achieved by the head of La Bancaria, Sergio Palazzo, implies an additional increase that other unions will claim.

In the

leadership of the CGT

, dominated by the "fat" (large service unions), the "independents" (UPCN, UOCRA and Obras Sanitarias) and the Barrionuevismo, they have already

lowered their thumbs to the ceiling of 60%

for the entire year (or two semi-annual agreements with increases of 30%) sought by the minister.


These numbers cannot be established

when there is not a clear drop in inflation. You have to re-analyze," the number two of the workers' union, Andrés Rodríguez, assured the Infobae portal over the weekend.

The declaration of the head of UPCN laundered

a coincidental position in the leadership of the union entity


For the leaders, it is no longer possible to commit to a 30% semi-annual increase, much less a 60% annual increase.


That guideline does not run anymore

", they repeat.

But, careful of the forms, no one will bet on breaking spears with Massa.

They are already imagining alternatives to lengthen the increases in line with inflation, "dressing up" the real alignment with the minister's plan.

Quarterly agreement with a 20% floor

In this scheme, the strategy of negotiating their respective activities with

short-term agreements

stands out .

"At the most three months. Arrive until June and then it will be seen," they maintain.

The proposal contemplates an

average increase of between 20% and 22% for the quarter

, which they estimate will end up accumulating inflation in the January-March period.

The leadership of the UOM, the main union of the industrial sector commanded by the leader K Abel Furlán, came to the fore with that plan.

Last week he proposed to the business chambers of the activity to advance in an understanding that contemplates two quarterly increases of 20% each based on the projection of inflation estimated by the REM that relieves the Central Bank.

The head of the UOM, Abel Furlán, commands the salary negotiation with the metallurgical industry.

After listening to the proposal, some employers probed the union spirit to distribute the percentage increase on a monthly basis, which opens the door to

a monthly salary indexation scheme


The discussion will continue this week.

negotiations ahead

In the next few days the most important stage of the round of parities will start due to the start of the discussions in the

most numerous activities


Commerce, construction, health, food industry, meat, dairy, oil, service stations, textiles, Light and Power, insurance and various transport unions.

In this framework, and beyond the general strategy of short agreements, the unions that represent workers with salaries above the average -as in the case of transportation- will seek to incorporate into their respective understandings the same benefit that the banks


with the compensation for the discounts in Earnings, in order to stretch the pocket increase.

In turn, the rest of the unions that are outside the scope of this tax will try to

amplify their real increases

with improvements of some additional ones, payment of bonuses/awards, non-remunerative supplements or extra-salary benefits.

"No one is going to sign below inflation. At a minimum we are going to ensure that and if we can a few more points," one of the powerful CGT bosses who is already getting ready to start their negotiations told this newspaper.

look also

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Source: clarin

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