The last meeting of the Government with the unions of public employees to define the public offer of employment in the General State Administration (AGE) of 2021 ends without agreement. That is, the personnel of ministries and other state organizations such as the National Institute of Social Security (INSS) and SEPE (State Public Employment Service), among others, which are facing a large increase in work as a result of the COVID-19 crisis. The Ministry of Public Function has brought to the negotiating table this Monday a new increase in its proposal, of a total of 18,266 places, that is, 3,030 more places than those raised last Thursday, but the workers’ representatives continue to consider it ” insufficient “given the State’s personnel needs. Thus, the Government will approve the public offer without the backing of the union representation, predictably in the Council of Ministers “on October 27,” according to union sources.
Calviño does not rule out the freezing of salaries for civil servants and recalls that there will be “zero inflation”
The latest proposal from the Ministry led by Carolina Darias has resulted in a public offer of employment in the AGE of a total of 18,266 places: 9,270 of new entry and 8,996 of internal promotion, union sources point out to elDiario.es. These figures suppose an increase in both categories compared to last Thursday’s offer (+1,209, in the first case of free access and +1,821 in the case of internal promotion).
The Government offer creates “net employment”, highlights UGT, since it manages to cover the losses that have occurred in the General State Administration in the past year (8,708 losses, especially due to retirements), but even so it has not been able to satisfy the claims of the representatives of public employees, who consider “insufficient” the figures presented by the Executive given the needs of the current workload and the large staff cut that the State public personnel have suffered in recent years.
Accumulated loss of 44,000 jobs
CSIF and CCOO have been the most critical organizations in their statements rejecting the latest Public Service proposal. CSIF recalled this Monday in a report that, since 2020, the General State Administration has lost 43,477 workers, which is why it considers that the numbers presented by the Government “threaten the viability of the State Administration” and “may cause the collapse in areas such as Social Security or the State Public Employment Service (SEPE) “.
In CCOO they explain that they do not support either the volume of the public job offer or its distribution. “We understand that the intensity of the recovery of public employment is losing, with an increase over the casualties of only 6%. We demand a free OEP that does not fall below 10,150 positions, which would result from the application of the 2019 increase coefficient (26% on the replacement rate), “the union said in a statement.
CCOO criticizes that “the proposal decapitalizes the auxiliary body and the labor personnel, some templates that, in an important volume, provide the public service of direct attention to the citizens” and defends the need to call a Public Offer of Employment (OPE ) extraordinary due to the pandemic, “that provides a message of coherence, recognizing the personnel deficits in certain areas demanded by citizens, such as SEPE, Social Security, research, AEMPS, immigration and documentation, Penitentiary Institutions”.
In the UGT, on the other hand, they have valued “positively” the increase in the number of places that the Public Service has brought to the negotiating table this Monday, from which it is “a fairly reasonable offer”, in the words of its manager Carlos Álvarez, although the union did not has supported and calls for a medium and long-term plan for job creation in the AGE. “At the very least, a plan on employment is needed in this legislature,” says Álvarez to elDiario.es.