Miguel Borra: “Either the Government negotiates the salary recovery of civil servants or it will have them on the street” | Economy | EUROtoday

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Miguel Borra (Zaragoza, 1968), president of the Independent Trade Union Center and Civil Servants (CSIF), is presently one of the crucial veteran union leaders. Next Wednesday he’s working for his fourth time period – he took workplace for the primary time in November 2011 – and as a assure for his re-election he’ll as soon as once more draw on outcomes: greater than 250,000 “paying” members; 12,000 delegates all through Spain and, above all, can boast of getting put and maintained CSIF on the Spanish union map. He remembers that already in September 2022 this union managed to get hundreds of public staff from throughout Spain to protest in Madrid in opposition to the wage coverage of the Pedro Sánchez Government and now threatens to do it once more.

Ask. The new Minister of Public Service, José Luis Escrivá, has already met with you to start negotiating the issues that concern you. What calls for have you ever made and what has the Minister responded to them?

Answer. Yes, he has already summoned us and we’re grateful to Mr. Escrivá for that, as a result of his predecessor (María Jesús Montero) by no means obtained us. Negotiating tables have been set as much as resume the problems that had been interrupted in the course of the earlier legislature, such because the 35-hour day, teleworking, skilled careers or efficiency analysis, however the negotiation itself has not began nor do we all know when it’ll. . That stated, at this second there’s a whole paralysis of the Government for every thing apart from finishing up the Amnesty Law. But, above all, we do not need a General State Budget for 2024 and, subsequently, this 12 months's public job supply is delayed and our public staff' salaries haven’t been raised in January. And we haven't began negotiating the following wage settlement both.

P. They need to negotiate a brand new wage pact with the Government, however CSIF didn’t signal the present settlement that CC OO and UGT did assist…

R. We didn’t signal that settlement for 2022, 2023 and 2024 as a result of it’s the first time in historical past that an settlement was signed by CC OO and UGT that as quickly because it was signed, public staff already misplaced buying energy. In these final two years we have now misplaced 6% of buying energy because of that settlement, however it’s not solely that the settlement is dangerous, it’s that they don’t seem to be complying with it. They haven’t utilized to us the meager improve that they agreed to of two% for this 12 months and so they argue that there aren’t any Budgets, however they may have accomplished it by decree as in 2020. In addition, within the General Administration of the State they haven’t paid the extra improve of 0, 5% for the rise in GDP included in stated settlement.

P. Do you assume that regardless of this paralysis, the unions aren’t heard protesting as a result of CC OO and UGT did signal the earlier wage settlement, even when a part of this pact is taking a very long time to use?

R. We are already protesting. What's extra, if the wage settlement that permits us to start to recuperate greater than 20% of the buying energy that we have now misplaced since 2010 shouldn’t be carried out quickly and if the negotiation tables aren’t launched for all the problems that I’ve identified, The CSIF goes to mobilize. Either the Government will get its act collectively and negotiates wage restoration or it will have an added drawback to these it already has and that’s that public staff are going to be on the streets.

P. How do you intend to suggest the restoration of that 20% of buying energy that public staff have misplaced?

R. This demand could seem unviable till it’s not viable and this Government has expertise in that. The very first thing is to sit down down and negotiate, as a result of there’s a dangerous wage settlement that CSIF didn’t signal and that ends this 12 months. We have three years of legislature forward of us and we need to negotiate an settlement that begins in 2025 and that they’ve to fulfill two points for us to signal it: that we can not proceed dropping buying energy and that we have now to start out recovering a minimum of a part of what was misplaced .

P. The different nice pending demand of public staff is their stability in employment: nearly a 3rd have a brief contract. Furthermore, the Court of Justice of the EU has simply instructed Spain to make everlasting public staff who abuse non permanent employment. How does it interpret this ruling on which the Supreme Court has, in flip, requested the CJEU for clarifications?

R. The stabilization processes of 2021 and 2022 have already began and there are lots of of hundreds of locations that may develop into everlasting. But other than that, what the CJEU has instructed him is that the Spanish public administration has accomplished badly as a result of it has abused the determine of the non permanent interval to obscene limits in all areas. The Supreme Court now asks the European justice system the way it ought to resolve this.

What should be remembered at this level is that the Government's dedication to Europe to proceed receiving European funds is that the non permanent employment of the general public sector should be lowered to eight% and that won’t be fulfilled even with the most recent employment and stabilization affords.

P. This brings us to the issue of lack of personnel and the growing old of workers who will see as much as half of their workers retire in 5 to 10 years. How many alternative positions and new officers are wanted?

R. Only within the General State Administration the supply ought to present 60,000 new and alternative positions for this 12 months. But the very first thing the Government ought to do is definitively eradicate the boundaries on the alternative fee, that are what have triggered the present precariousness. Beyond that, we have now calculated that just about 400,000 public staff are wanted for the following ten years, of them 290,000 in Health alone.

P. Minister Escrivá has already introduced that he’ll definitively eradicate alternative charges in 2025

R, And why don't they do it now in 2024? We have claimed it for the general public service regulation of the General State Administration, which is presently being processed in Congress and the Socialist Parliamentary Group has denied it.

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