On February 28, the Interministerial Compensation Commission approved a resolution proposing salary increases for a group of almost 5,000 workers that has been freezing salaries and cuts for 10 years, in some cases in countries with high inflation rates.
The increases were not linear, but were decided based on the inflation of 2018 and the exchange rates of the currencies of each country. Thus, the workers destined in Venezuela, Nicaragua, Colombia, Argentina, Brazil, Russia, Israel, Kuwait, Singapore, China, Tunisia and India, among others, were left out.
CC.OO. he challenged the resolution – another union, CSIF, threatened a strike on the eve of the general elections – and now, as detailed, the government has proposed a linear increase of 1 percent for all those countries that had been excluded or well below 1 percent increase.
However, the person in charge of CC.OO. in the Osmany Llanes-Melo Foreign Service, he has dismissed the measure as "insufficient, unacceptable and a new mockery". In addition to warning that 1 percent arises "out of the blue", because it is not based on the CPI that was taken as a reference for the previous increases or in other parameters used in Spain, has indicated that accepting the proposal would be tantamount to accepting that there has been a negotiation when, in fact, there has not been.
That, he acknowledged, would invalidate the argument of the collective dispute demand that the union has filed against the Administration and that is pending trial in May.
According to official figures provided by the Government to Parliament, to which Europa Press has had access, in January 2019 the workforce abroad amounted to 4,922 people, of which more than half, 3,108, depend on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs , EU and Cooperation.