A “profuse, con­fused and dis­persed legal fra­me­work is being crea­ted”.

CEOE Employers’ Association Raises Alarm: 16,764 Companies Close In January

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The CEOE em­plo­yers’ as­so­cia­tion has de­tected that “unfortunately, a sig­ni­fi­cant des­truc­tion of the bu­si­ness fa­bric is ta­king pla­ce”. This is a de­te­rio­ra­tion “that trans­lates into the loss of 17,300 sel­f-em­plo­yed, since the be­gin­ning of the year, and the clo­sure of 16,764 com­pa­nies in the month of January alo­ne”.

Thus, between the different types of companies and businesses, 34,000 enterprises have been destroyed so far this year.

The Labour Force Survey (EPA) for the last quarter of last year already reported the disappearance of a large number of self-employed workers. Specifically, 111,200 self-employed persons ceased to be registered in 2022, with a reduction of 3.48% with respect to 2021. At present, according to the EPA, there are 3,080,000 self-employed.

This analysis coincides with the start of wage negotiations with the trade unions for the three-year period 2022, 2023 and 2024, and with the worst moment of the business world’s confrontation with the government.

The CEOE analysts express the organisation’s weariness with the profusion of government regulations that, in one way or another, tie down labour relations in companies and raise their wage and social costs: “In the field of labour relations alone, in the last six months there have been 14 regulations in this field or that affect the management of labour relations, without this being the object of their regulation”. A “profuse, confused and dispersed legal framework is being created”.

Among them, of course, is the pension reform approved by the Council of Ministers on the 16th. But also the Statute of the Scholarship Holder, which the Government is currently negotiating with employers and trade unions; the Employment Law; the preliminary draft of the Family Law and the Minimum Interprofessional Wage for 2023.

In addition, the law on sexual health and the voluntary interruption of pregnancy, or the law on real and effective equality for transgender people, or the law on the protection of people who report regulatory infringements and the fight against corruption. Thus, up to fourteen rules that, in one way or another, regulate labour relations in companies and also increase their costs.

Therefore, the employers also ask the government to provide companies with “a sustainable cost structure in an inflationary global context, with a constant increase in production costs, and highly competitive”.

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