Public service federations reject pay offer and call for proper negotiations

Spain

The public service federations in the CCOO and UGT have been angered by the government’s decision to call a meeting at short notice on 5 October rather than initiate a proper process of collective bargaining. The unions argues that the government simply wanted union endorsement for next year’s budget without taking account of key trade union demands relating to the recovery of purchasing power, the 35-hour working week and elimination of the replacement rate that is hampering efforts to reduce temporary employment. The unions also reject the government pay offer of 2% for 2022 which they say risks a further loss of purchasing power for workers over the coming year, after a 10% decline over the past 10 years, and fails to take account of the sacrifices and efforts made during the pandemic.

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