CCOO calls protests on November 10 to demand that the Government negotiate improvements in public employment

Protests by public workers for “breaches” of the Government. Workers’ Commissions has called mobilizations before the headquarters of the sub-delegations of the Government of all the provinces, and before the headquarters of the Ministry of Finance in the case of Madrid, on November 10 at 11 a.m. to demand that the Executive comply with the signed agreements and commitments to improve the working conditions of the public sector workforce.

The Government foresees that 51% of the personnel of the State Administration will retire in the next ten years

The Government foresees that 51% of the personnel of the State Administration will retire in the next ten years

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The secretary of Union Action and Employment, Mari Cruz Vicente, indicated this Thursday in a press conference that the call for protest responds to the “refusal of the Government” to open the negotiation processes on pending issues that concern public employment. “Iran will grow depending on how the government’s positions move,” Vicente has warned about the mobilizations, reports the Europa Press agency.

The spokesman for the CCOO Public Area, Humberto Muñoz, has indicated that with these demonstrations they intend to “recriminate the Government for the breach of the commitments” acquired with the union, among which he has cited the 2018 agreement, regarding the improvement of public employment , and the one signed on July 5.

The union also demands to open the negotiation process for a third multi-year agreement to regulate the conditions of workers in Public Administrations and to continue making progress in improving public employment.

Recovery of lost purchasing power

Among the requests to the Executive, are the recovery of the purchasing power lost during the financial crisis and the improvement of services, affected by the impact of the pandemic. Also the modernization and rejuvenation of the staff of public administrations, where the average age “is very high”, as Vicente has pointed out.

Regarding the loss of purchasing power, the Secretary of Union Action recalled that public workers lost between 11 and 18 points of purchasing power during the previous crisis, and have only recovered 4 points.

Vicente has also reproached the Government for the salary increase “without negotiation margin” of 0.9% for 2021 and that of 2% by 2022, included in the draft of the General State Budget (PGE) for next year, again, agreed without dialogue with the unions. “We cannot endorse these measures because they are far from the objectives set for the recovery of purchasing power, key to contributing to the recovery process,” he said at the press conference on Thursday.

For Muñoz, these salary increases in the Civil Service are “completely insufficient” and do not respond to the cuts suffered in previous years. Even so, it has specified that the salary increase “cannot be an event that occurs abruptly” and has defended the negotiation of multi-year frameworks.

Renewal of staff

In addition, the spokesperson for the Public Area has stopped at the “very high percentage of public employees who are going to go into retirement.” This situation requires “providing public employment” to prevent the operation of public services “from falling apart.” A 2019 study by the Ministry of Public Function, when it was led by Meritxell Batet, predicted that more than half (51%) of the current staff of the General State Administration will retire in the next ten years, for instance.

The union has requested that this public employment be “stable, of quality and with decent conditions.” In the same way, he has insisted that the temporary employment rate in Public Administrations does not exceed 8%, a commitment from the time of the Mariano Rajoy government for the year 2020, which was not fulfilled.

CCOO requests with these mobilizations also include the recovery of the 35-hour day, adapted to the needs of the different sectors, the approval of equality plans and joint responsibility and conciliation measures, the full right to collective bargaining or the constitution of the Dialogue Table for the business public sector.


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