Oviedo (EFE).- The president of the Asturian Federation of Entrepreneurs (Fade), María Calvo, stated this Wednesday that the 8% increase in the interprofessional minimum wage (SMI) will be “very harmful” for many companies in the region that “They will not be able to transfer the increase in wage costs to the prices of their products.”
To questions from journalists after the inauguration of the Open Days organized by Asturex, Calvo has considered that “some parties do not have enough consideration for the business world” after the agreement to increase the SMI reached yesterday between the Government and the unions without the participation of the CEOE, which refused to participate in the meeting.
“This is serious and it must be stopped. It is the companies that generate employment and wealth and help maintain the welfare state. We have to defend ourselves against these unjustified attacks above all, as in the case of Asturias, most businessmen are self-employed who are having a hard time and do not enjoy privileges, “he stressed.
The president of the Asturian employers’ association has stressed that this 8 percent increase, up to 1,080 euros gross in 14 payments, could be “very harmful, since all companies are not in the same situation when, in addition, in recent years we have accumulated significant rises in the SMI, to which this is now added. EFE