The Secretary of State for the Environment has told the FSC-CCOO and FeSP-UGT public service federations that he will present a draft statute covering forest firefighters to parliament for approval. This has been a long-standing demand of the trade unions who want to see common national provisions covering the wage structure, professional classifications, training, job security and social protection. The unions argue that this will professionalise the sector, help stabilise jobs and contribute to a better coordination across the autonomous regions.
Potential progress on statute for forest firefighters
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Public service unions in Spain have welcomed the latest steps in agreeing a new draft statute covering the rights of around 2.5 million public sector workers. The basic statute has set out the main employment rights of public sector workers for over 25 years and for the last two years unions have been negotiating important changes. The new statute will enshrine the right to collective bargaining, include measures to reduce the use of temporary contracts as well as recognising the need for achieving a better work-life balance. Once agreed in parliament the new law should take effect in the
In a timely intervention, the FSC-CCOO has called on the government to put more resources into the prevention and fighting of forest fires - an issue which the union sees has become one of the most urgent for the country and rural communities. Along with a strengthening of the fire service - increased employment, professionalisation and training - the union argues that more has to be done to take preventative measures, some of which could actually help to boost rural economies.
Firefighters organised by all three public sector federations (ACOD-CGSP, SLFP-VSOA and ACV-CSC) organised a demonstration in Brussels on 13 December in protest at plans to change the statutes regulating their employment conditions. The unions are particularly angry about the lack of proper negotiations as well as transparency and information about the proposed changes. Read more at > Le Soir newspaper (FR) And at > CGSP/ACOD/SIAMU (FR, NL)