The public service federations in the CCOO and UGT confederations have set out a number of demands on the government to take effective measures solve the persistent problem of temporary employment in the public sector. As long ago as 2017 an agreement was negotiated to get temporary employment below 8% in the follow-up to legal rulings on excessive use of temporary contracts. The unions underline the importance of consolidating temporary staff into permanent positions taking account of their experience. The unions also want to see measures are taken that will ensure permanent reductions in precarious and temporary employment in public employment.
Federations call for urgent action on temporary employment
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The public sector federations of CCOO, UGT and CSIF have called on the government to take part in urgent talks to ensure the proper implementation of agreements on public sector employment and to negotiate a new agreement to cover the period 2021-23. The unions are particularly concerned to end any restrictions on public sector recruitment and to increase staffing and take action to reduce the level of temporary contracts from the current 24% to the agreed level of 8%. The unions also want to see further steps taken in a new agreement to ensure workers have any rights restored that were
(May 2017) The STAL local government union has called on the government to allow local authorities to take immediate action to tackle precarious employment in the sector. The union says that an ordinance aimed at the state sector doesn't go far enough and that local authorities should be allowed to take the initiative now to reduce various forms of temporary work and provide permanent contracts to workers who are doing permanent tasks but have been appointed on short-term contracts.
The FSP-UGT federation says that 400000 public service jobs have been cut in the last four years posing a real threat to service quality. In relation to population size Spain has fewer public service workers than France, Ireland or the UK and has even cut 30000 jobs from health services, a sector that has grown in most other countries despite austerity. The federation is also concerned about the high level of temporary work in public services (20%) and it wants to see moves to consolidate these workers into permanent jobs. Privatisation and outsourcing are also taking their toll and the FDP