Thursday, February 22

The Government will raise the salary of civil servants by up to 7.5% in three years despite the rejection of CSIF

Officials of the Tax Agency. / FILE, ARCHIVE

CC OO and UGT do give their support to the Treasury’s final offer, which will mean an additional increase of 1.5% in 2022, 2.5% in 2023 and 2% in 2024 with another 1.5% based on GDP and the CPI

Lucia Palacios

The Government has finally reached a partial agreement with the civil servant unions on the rise for the next few years after an express negotiation to be able to take it to the General State Budgets. Thus, finally, CSIF, one of the majority workers’ organizations, refused to support an increase that represents a new loss of purchasing power for the more than three million public employees and is considering demonstrating again after the mobilization that last September 24 called to tens of thousands of citizens.

CC OO did give its approval on Monday to the offer presented by the Ministry of Finance and Public Function to increase from 2022 to 2024 the remuneration of the more than three million public employees up to 9.5%. Thus, it adds to the yes that UGT already announced last Thursday, after the meeting they held with the department led by María Jesús Montero.

CC OO, yes, warns that its ratification is “subject to the closing of an agreement in the coming weeks that contemplates the rest of the improvements in working conditions, assumed by the Government within the framework of social dialogue”, such as the working day of 35 hours or teleworking, among other matters.

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CSIF, however, considers the proposal “insufficient” because it does not even serve to correct the inflation with which it is going to close 2022 and because “many issues” regarding working conditions are not included. They estimate that at least the salary increase should increase to double digits and not suffer a 5-point purchase deterioration this year.

Specifically, the Executive has agreed to review the initial 2% increase that was set in the Budgets for this year and will grant them an additional 1.5% for the escalation in prices, an increase that will be retroactive from January 1 and that it will pay them before the end of 2022. Thanks to this, the officials will receive a pay of more than 500 euros on average for which the State will allocate more than 5,000 million extra euros.

For 2023, the Executive has put on the table a fixed increase of 2.5% for Administration workers, which may rise to 3.5% depending on how the economy and inflation are doing. Thus, if the harmonized CPI for 2022 and 2023 exceeds 6%, they will have a variable of 0.5%. In turn, if the nominal GDP in 2023 reaches 5.9%, they will obtain another 0.5% more. Both would be retroactive and would take comfort in their payroll.

For 2024, the Treasury offers a fixed increase of 2% plus a variable of half a percentage point if the harmonized CPI for 2022, 2023 and 2024 exceeds 8%. It will also be retroactive and consolidatable.

35 hour shift

The agreement reached – which must be reflected in a document and ratified in the coming weeks – also includes important improvements in the working conditions of public employees, such as the full payment of sick leave due to temporary disability (IT) without any type of conditioning, the elimination of the restrictions that prevent the negotiation and implementation of a 35-hour working day in the Public Administrations, the recovery of early partial retirement or the progress in digitization and teleworking through social dialogue.

It has also been possible to recover the minimum character of permits and vacations in collective bargaining and the flexibility of internal promotion, the review of selective processes and the regularization of the conditions of labor personnel abroad (PLEX) are included. Likewise, although it has not managed to completely eliminate the replacement rate to recover public employment, they have agreed to make it more flexible so that the workforce can be increased.

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