Civil guards charge 2.85 euros gross per hour for working at Christmas and New Year's Eve

Image of a Civil Guard barracks on the island of Lanzarote. / Carrasco

The AUGC denounces the comparative grievance with other bodies and details that in La Laguna they charge 520 euros per night or 352 in the capital of Gran Canaria

B. HERNANDEZ The Gran Canarian palms

Working eight hours in any Christmas or New Year shift will earn a civil guard about 22.80 euros gross, at a rate of 2.85 euros per hour, according to a complaint by the Unified Association of Civil Guards (AUGC). This amount, he says, is "
a shame that keeps these agents like the 'cinderella', not only among the State Security Corps, but in comparison with local police officers. The AUGC highlights that this 'compensation' was updated in 2021 because before it was charged "even less for working all night - it is not voluntary - not only on Christmas Eve, but on December 31, which is more complicated."

The leaders of the Civil Guard, indicates the AUGC, "rule out calling this payment overtime because it has certain legal connotations" and prefer the term '
hours of special significance' that, through different formulas and concepts, they conclude that an hour of work on the most important days of the Christmas period, a civil guard does not even charge three euros per hour, «a lower amount than that charged in any other worked".

As examples of the comparative grievance they suffer, the Association indicates that in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, special holidays (December 25, January 1 and January 6)
have an economic compensation that oscillates between 352 euros for the basic scale to 399 euros of the upper scale. The higher the pay they receive
The lagoon: 65 euros per hour, meaning that an agent can charge 520 euros for the nights of the 24th and 31st, as well as the mornings of December 25th, January 1st and Kings Day. They charge the same amount in Candelaria.

Also the Town Hall
Ingenuity decided in 2020 to set the compensation to its police at 200 euros for the nights of December 24 and 31, which is 10 times more than a civil guard. In the case of
St. Luciaits agents add 112 euros to their salary if they work at night on New Year's Eve, which is added to the 85 they earn on any holiday.

According to the AUGC, the Canary Police, in addition to the holiday pay, will have free time, while the National Police receives 120 euros gross for service on weekends or holidays, as well as the day off for working on these dates.

Image of a demonstration of SUP and AGC demanding improvements. / C7

With the payment of 800 guards, it would only cover 52 stores in the capital

The AUGC has spent years demanding improvements in the socio-labor and economic conditions of its troops and the comparison with other bodies and security forces. He insists on the "shameful" payment that the civil guards receive for working on the December holidays. In this regard, the organization details that the number of troops that will serve on December 31, taking the same date last year as a reference, could be close to 800 throughout the community. "This shift would cost the Ministry of the Interior a pyrrhic figure that would not even reach 20,000 euros." With this money, says the Unified Association of Civil Guards, barely 52 local police officers would work in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria compared to almost 1,000 guards.