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Finance and trade unions agree to raise salaries to officials by up to 8% in three years

The ministry improves its offer by increasing the fixed portion of the wage rise and allowing the communities to negotiate the 35 hours

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Finance and trade unions agree to raise salaries to officials by up to 8% in three years

The Ministry of Finance has reached a principle in agreement with main trade union organizations (CSIF, CC OO, UGT) for increase of salaries of officials. The proposal on table consists of a salary increase of almost 8% accumulated in period 2018-2020.

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The Secretary of State for Public service, Elena Collado, yesterday offered a remuneration improvement with a variable part linked to growth of GDP and reduction of public deficit. The agreement occurs after guaranteed part is increased in exchange for reducing variable portion. With this offer, fixed part in period 2018-2020 amounts to 6.1%, almost one percentage point more than last proposal of last September (5.25%). The maximum increase, if Spanish economy maintains pace of growth, would amount to 7.85% accumulated during period 2018-2020.

According to preagreement between Treasury and trade unions, payroll of public employees will rise at least 1.75% this year; In 2019 increase will be 2.25% and 2% in 2020. The variable part, which depends on economic evolution, will be applied from 2019. That year, staff salaries may be increased to a maximum of 2.5% ( supplement linked to GDP development is 0.25%); The big increase will occur in 2020 when salaries of officials could rise to 3.55% at best. In improvement of that year is included a fixed part of 2%, plus 1% if Spanish economy maintains pace of growth and an additional 0.55% if public administrations manage to end public deficit.

The Ministry and trade unions have been negotiating for months to improve working conditions of public employees. Yesterday Thursday y reached a principle of agreement. The Government's intention is to stage agreement by signing document with official commitments on Friday morning. And next Monday convene Public service bureau to extend terms of pact to all public administrations. Until document is signed re might be some slight variation, moving forward from trade unions.

For UGT re have been "very significant" advances in wage matters. Thus, organization that leads Pepe Álvarez has said that administration has improved offer in September and has pointed out that it hopes that meeting on Friday will nuance last details and a multi-annual agreement for officials is closed.

The principle of agreement will also make it possible to recover collective bargaining on such "important" issues for officials as it is 100% recovery in case of temporary disability. It also improves

The trade union organizations and Ministry have completed employment document in which "substantial" improvements are made to everything relating to replacement rate and generates net public employment creation. The coordinator of public area of CC OO, Pepe Fernandez, said that practically closed negotiation on employment, which envisages increasing rates of replenishment in priority and non-priority sectors — agreed by 100% and 75%, respectively, until September, when negotiations suffered a halt for situation in Catalonia — to be able to exceed 100% in priority sectors, and in some of m even reaching 115%, as in case of forces and security bodies of State.

The previous meeting already agreed, according to trade union sources, that replacement rate should be above 100% in case of local police. The union organizations will meet again tomorrow Friday to review all documents and discuss preamble which has to contain possible agreement.

For its part, CSIF has assured that it is advancing towards an agreement that could give "shelve" to cuts that were applied to public employees during economic crisis and open "a new stage in public administrations of growth, creation of Employment and improvement in working conditions. "

Thus, organization that leads Miguel Borras wants to have agreement with Treasury, but believes that y have to finish profiling with "bravery, generosity and height of sight on part of government". "We are going in right direction, but we still expect a political decision at highest level to initialed a global agreement in which public employees can feel reflected," Union stressed.

In particular, CSIF considers that an economic offer should be given that moves towards recovery of lost purchasing power, that re is creation of net employment in administrations and reinforcement of public services and that negotiation is recovered in different Administrations to agree on 35-hour day.

Public employment

At meeting on 22 February, parties practically closed an agreement on employment which was to reinforce one signed in March last year, thus universalizaráing stabilization process and allowing to lower temporality in field of Public administrations at 8% in period 2018-2020, as well as creation of new public employment.

According to unions, this employment agreement will allow start to recover lost employment, not only in priority services, but also in whole of administrations and public sectors, with creation of new public employment.

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