After a first interview with the unions and then the employers on Wednesday, the Prime Minister spoke about the next indexes, which will be the subject of new negotiations between the social partners.
Everything has to be done again. Or almost. After a complicated tripartite in the spring of 2022, the government and the social partners will meet again. Between inflation and the energy crisis, the question of the index will also be central.
UP TO FIVE INDEXES EXPECTED IN THE NEXT MONTHS
It’s no longer a but probably five index tranches that could be triggered in the next few months. Yes, five… if Statec’s worst inflation forecasts are confirmed. Price increases could reach 6.8% this year, or even 8.5% in 2023.
One of these indexes is in fact that of July 2022, already postponed to April 2023. As provided for in the previous negotiation. The other four indices would run from November 2022 to the 4th quarter of 2023 according to the Statec report submitted to the government.
If inflation is more contained, Statec told the government that it would still have to deal with two or three indexes in less than a year.
TRIPARTITE NEGOTIATIONS: EVERYTHING NEEDS TO BE DONE AGAIN
Since it occurred under different circumstances, the March agreement is no longer suitable for the current situation, acknowledged the Prime Minister. While recalling that the government had anticipated this development by promising to hold a new tripartite in the event of additional indexes. “You see that we are in a completely different scenario than that of March, when we signed the tripartite agreement” justified Xavier Bettel in the face of the emergency.
“Inflation fueled by energy tariffs is a burden on citizens and businesses. We need to find new solutions for them.” “The state could help the citizens, that’s a possibility.” Moreover, Xavier Bettel does not want “exclude no possibility” before the start of negotiations. Opposite, the unions hope to be able to hold a common line. What he had only partially succeeded in the spring, when the OGBL had boycotted the tripartite agreement.
Companies are worried about the cost of energy and future indexes. The government, the unions and the employers will therefore meet from this weekend … to react to a situation infinitely more complicated than when they last met. Prime Minister has been ambitious and hopes to get a deal by now “end of September, beginning of October at the latest”.