The Minister of Territorial Policy and Public Function, Miquel Iceta , has agreed with the unions to include a compensation of 20 days per year worked for all those interim who lose their position. Whether it is a workforce or a career civil servant; according to different union sources.
This has been agreed in the meeting held this Friday between the Government and the centrals, in which, however, the fringes that separate the parties on the responsibilities that will be required of the administrations that do not convene the oppositions in order to reduce the temporality. The Iceta ministry did not want to comment on the content of the negotiations.
The main point closed this Friday between Iceta and the unions has been to extend to all the temporary group, not only to the new ones, a severance pay. The extension of this right to the entire group occurs at the cost of reducing the amount of compensation, which in the initial stages was set at 33 days , but only for those who will enter from now on.
On this point there is consensus with the unions, at the expense of the final draft of the document. There are currently 1.03 million public sector workers with temporary contracts. Not all of them are temporary, but a good part of them are.
The novelty of the compensation can translate into a millionaire outlay by the Administration; although delayed in time. This point was already included in the draft that Iceta transferred to the autonomous communities last Thursday and with which, at the moment, there is no agreement.
Well, the difficulty of the negotiations lies in the fact that Iceta must achieve a double consensus, with autonomies and unions. Unless it is committed to legislating unilaterally, which can hinder compliance with the agreement and even jeopardize its validation in Congress, due to lack of a majority.
A new meeting with the centrals is scheduled for Monday in which Iceta could finally close the deal. The key here is that Iceta finishes defining the responsibilities and possible penalties to which the managers of any administration that must call the oppositions will be exposed from now on.
Iceta argues that, if in three years a public tender has not been called and a place filled, the interim who occupies it will be automatically dismissed (hence the compensation) and the administration on duty will stay one year with the empty place.
Pending the ‘ok’ of the autonomies
The unions fear that if this point is not specified well, the reform will be inefficient, since it is not the first time that the centrals have agreed to changes to reduce the temporality (it already happened in 2017 and 2018), with poor results.
The complicity here of the autonomies is key, because in their services where the highest percentages of eventuality are concentrated. And its managers would be the ones who would be most likely, in case of non-compliance, to be subject to the possible sanctions that are introduced. According to the penultimate draft sent to the autonomies, said penalties were not clearly specified.
Here the centrals also have to make their own internal balances, since modifying the opposition regime not only affects the interim, but also the officials already with a position and who want to opt for a promotion or a change of position to another geographical location . Well, when a new position of this type is opened (promotion or mobility), both interim and any other permanent official can opt for it.
In the negotiations with the centrals there have also been advances to reward more the weight of the experience in the selection processes, to facilitate the interns to the detriment of new graduates. Although at this point it is pending to be defined if the tests of the theoretical part will be eliminatory to each other; what usually plays against the interim.
On Monday, the final meeting with the unions could take place, which, however, would later require the signing of the form at a general table of the public function. Which, added to the reluctance on the part of the autonomies, will delay the approval of the reform of the Basic Statute of the Public Employee (EBEP) until, at least, the Council of Ministers of July 13.