“One more week” of negotiation. The Government has decided to postpone the legal reform against the abuse of temporary employment in the Public Administrations, which was expected for next Tuesday, June 29, to “try to reach an agreement” on the matter with the Autonomous Communities and unions, explain sources from the Public Function . In principle, the approval of the royal decree law is delayed for the week of July 5. The Executive promised to Brussels to approve this legislation in the second quarter of the year, but from the Ministry directed by Miquel Iceta they assure that “there is no problem” in postponing the measure for a week.
Abusive temporality is paid: Iceta proposes to “demand responsibilities” to positions of the Administration
The delay occurs after this Thursday the Government has not obtained the endorsement of the Autonomous Communities to its latest reform proposal. This morning the sectoral Conference on Public Administration was held, where Minister Miquel Iceta presented to regional governments his measures to stop the abuse of temporary employment in Public Administrations in the present and in the future. Currently, the public sector has a temporary employment rate higher than that of the private sector, around 30%. The European recommendation indicates that it does not exceed 8%.
The challenge is enormous, after years of lack of control in the temporality of many Administrations, which has left pockets of temporary workers who sometimes have been in their positions for a long time (even more than a decade). The measures of the coalition government are moving in two directions: on the one hand, a legal reform that prevents in the future from falling back into an excessive or unjustified temporality and, on the other, a process of stabilization of the places currently occupied by temporary but that the Executive actually considers structural. The government puts them at about 300,000.
The Civil Service explains to elDiario.es that the Ministry sent the Ministry’s reform proposal “yesterday” to the Communities, but that this has been being discussed with the regional governments in different “technical” meetings. This Thursday, the debate reached the highest level, between the minister and the councilors of the Autonomous Communities, in a meeting that has ended with the location of another meeting next week. “They have asked us for time to send us contributions”, they affirm in Public Function.
Next meeting on July 1
Thus, the Ministry has communicated to the media that Minister Iceta “has called a new meeting of the Sectorial Conference on July 1, to give the regional and local representatives enough time to analyze the transferred proposal.”
The Autonomous Communities and the CCAA and FEMP (Spanish Federation of Municipalities and Provinces) “may present their contributions until Tuesday, June 29,” they specify from the Ministry, “in order to reach the agreement of all public administrations on a matter as important as reducing the high rate of temporary employment “. The excessive temporality “affects mainly the territorial administrations”, they recall in Public Function, since it is the Communities and some City Councils that generally present the worst indices of temporary hiring.
Meeting with unions postponed
The Ministry discussed its reform proposal on Monday with the most representative unions of public employees, in a meeting that did not end with an agreement either. The latest proposal of the Government includes new features such as a compensation of 33 days per year worked for interns who remain in their positions longer than the established maximum. Of course, only for future appointments.
The unions CCOO, UGT and CSIF have valued the advances in the negotiation and the acceptance of some of their demands, but they still consider the government’s proposal “insufficient”, especially in CCOO and CSIF. The parties began to continue negotiating and there was a meeting scheduled this Thursday afternoon, at 5:00 p.m., but it has finally been postponed.
The idea is that the Ministry returns to sit down with the unions after the meeting with the Autonomous Communities, explain in Public Function. The intention is to reach an agreement with the former and to be able to close it completely with the workers’ representatives, if there is understanding between the parties.