The Spanish Confederation of Small and Medium Enterprises (Cepyme) expressed “its absolute rejection of the strong increase in social contributions approved in the General State Budgets (PGE) for 2023”, which raise the maximum contribution bases by 8.6 % and asks for a reflection on the latest changes introduced in the General Social Security Law to guarantee the sustainability of the public pension system .
Cepyme criticizes in a public statement that this increase has occurred “in a context of maximum uncertainty and strong economic slowdown” and reproaches the Government, like the unions themselves, the other members of the social dialogue for not having resorted to the negotiating table to consult or negotiate the increase.
In addition, it denounces that the Government of Pedro Sánchez has raised in five years the minimum contribution bases by more than 40% and the maximum, close to 20%. By 2023, the increase in the minimum will be determined with the rise in the Minimum Interprofessional Salary (SMI) and the maximum, that 8.6%.
“These increases especially affect SMEs, whose labor costs have registered growth in recent years of more than 6% per year, losing competitiveness with our neighboring countries. We recall that a country with one of the highest unemployment rates in the European Union (EU) should encourage and not penalize employment. In fact, these new increases widen the fiscal gap between the costs borne by companies and the wages received by workers,” the statement added.
Likewise, Cepyme considers that the total and generalized indexation of pensions to the CPI “cannot be guaranteed without including any limit that protects the viability of the system.”
It also rejects the replacement of the sustainability factor by the Intergenerational Equity Mechanism (MEI) and its increase in contributions. This tool will raise prices by an extra 0.6%, which indicates that it is the first increase in the effective rate in the history of democracy.