After a long and difficult stage of the pandemic, in which they made many agreements, the relations between businessmen and the government aren’t at their best. There were 15. A total of 15.

Moncloa is the subject of more criticism from the bosses than there was at first. On Tuesday, businessmen brought back two criticisms of Moncloa’s pension reform and the Ministry of Labor’s response to certain sectors of the Spanish labor force market.

Gerardo Cuerva (the president of Cepyme) accused Yolanda Diaz (the second vice president for the Government) of “again trivializing a grave problem for Spain, like the deficit in workers.” Cuerva made the statements in front of dozens of businessmen during the Cepyme closing assembly. One day later, the Ministry of Labor met to discuss the more than 100,000 job vacancies. They concluded that there was no structural problem of a shortage of labor on the labor market. However, Cuerva stated that they were not able to fill the voids in certain sectors such as the hotel industry because they are low-paid and work very hard hours without breaks.

They stressed from the employers that they had detected a problem, and increased to 100,000 hospitality jobs that are not covered currently. Cuerva referred to Diaz’s statements in this way: “Irresponsible”, stated that it was “false” that there is a wage problem, and expressed concern that they don’t offer solutions.

“Liquidating such a large problem with the demagogic false message that we pay very little makes me conclude that the Government doesn’t intend to do any thing,” said the Vice President of CEOE, criticizing the Executive for not facing structural reforms that would correct the Spanish productive fabric’s weaknesses.

He spoke out hours after Antonio Garamendi, the president of CEOE, had also criticised the reform. He joined the criticisms and demanded that Minister Jose Luis Escriva reevaluate the Toledo Pact’s decision on whether pensions should increase with the CPI.

“There is one person responsible for this, and that is the Spanish Parliament. It is not the political groups. It is the Toledo Pact. The EU has made a comment that clearly states that you must look at it. It is not worth saying “I have elections tomorrow, I don’t have them”, Garamendi defended. He stressed that an income agreement does more than just talk about salaries. It also includes pensions. This is something that isn’t talked about …”..