The negotiation between officials and the Treasury for the salary increase stalls due to its high cost

The Government seems to have turned against the multiple calls it has made in recent weeks, fueling the protest of workers in the street with business employers to demand higher salary increases in a context of runaway inflation and loss of purchasing power. As this newspaper already reported, if the public sector, officials have been heating up the protest in the street for weeks for this fall due to the lurch of the Government in the negotiation of the revaluation of public salaries that rejected a higher compensation for 2022 that would allow reducing the hack to payrolls, but now, from the CSIF union they call for a massive protest against the Government in which private sector workers and families also join.

This was conveyed by the president of the Independent Trade Union and Official Central, Miguel Borra, to the media this Monday when he asked all workers to take to the streets on September 24 in the face of the widespread impoverishment of society due to the strong rise in prices. The union recalls that since the first major cuts to public employees with the Government of José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, the group has lost 20% of purchasing power.

The mobilization against the Executive takes place, furthermore, after an escalation of tension between the union of public employees and the Ministry of Finance and Public Function directed by María Jesús Montero. After a 2% rise in payroll dependent on the State was approved in the Budget, the unions began a campaign before the summer to agree with the Executive on a new rise for this year, compensatory, given the escalation of prices that will not close the year for below 8%. Given this, the public employee faces a loss of purchasing power of 6%.

For its part, Minister Montero's cabinet offered officials to address the rise by 2023 in a context in which public accounts already accumulate quite a lot of excess spending with the contingency plan against the effects of the war in Ukraine and the energy crisis, with an initial cost of 16,000 million euros. And to which commitments already predetermined are added, such as the increase in pensions with the CPI, which will be the most expensive in history, reaching more than 17,000 million euros.

In this sense, it should be remembered that every 2 percentage points of increase in the civil servants' salary is endorsed to the budget item an additional expense of 3,000 million euros, which is the disbursement made for this year. For this year 2022 the total cost of the game, almost as bulky as that of pensions, will amount to 147,000 million euros.

At this point, it seems that the Government is seeking to adjust the bill that it will assume as much as possible in the face of next year's rise. On the one hand, CSIF proposes a medium-term pact, which serves to agree on a revaluation path, in which the union also sees a reference framework for the rest of the private sector companies in collective bargaining. Meanwhile, Montero's cabinet seems more inclined to set the annual increase in the budget negotiation to observe the progress of the CPI in coming years.

lack of dialogue

Thus, Borra confirmed that they have asked the Government and the mandatory meeting prior to the approval of the General Budgets to put on the table the measures that affect the group of public employees, including the salary increase set for next year. Nor has the Ministry of Finance responded to this request for the time being, according to a CSIF complaint.

"Given the lack of government dialogue and the impoverishment of workers in this country, we intend to make clear the discomfort of citizens who face their day to day with great effort, shortcomings and sacrifices, at a time of serious difficulties and economic uncertainty. , which unfortunately may worsen between now and the end of the year, ”explains the president of the union about the demonstration called.

“At the same time, we are witnessing a progressive deterioration of our public services in fundamental areas, such as health, education and, in general, all public administrations. And public employees do not have due recognition neither in their working conditions, nor in salary level”, they warn from CSIF.

«The pockets of workers and workers have already paid and more than supported the effects of the latest economic crises. It is not fair that the sacrifices always fall on the working class, "they denounce. “In this sense, CSIF demands that the Government set an example for private companies and negotiate a rise in public administrations, as the Executive in France has just proposed.”

irresponsible appeal

For his part, the president of the Popular Party, Alberto Núñez Feijóo, called this Monday "irresponsible" for the Government to call for social mobilization to raise wages and says that he would see a reasonable increase in the SMI "that the economy can pay" and that can be agreed with the social partners.

This was stated by the leader of the PP during his speech at the Europa Press Informative Breakfasts, where he rejected the public statements of the second vice president and Minister of Labor and Social Economy, Yolanda Díaz, on this issue. «The Government is here to solve, not to inflame. The Government is there to calm down the great debates in our country and to arbitrate them, ”insists the leader of the PP.

For Feijóo, what is reasonable is that wages increase as the competitiveness of the country's economy and companies increases. At the same time, he delves into the idea that a company is made up of both the group of workers, as well as the directors and owners. "The first objective of a company is to keep jobs," he stressed.

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