49 town councils, the island councils, the FELIB and ten entities adhere to the coordination led by the Government to reduce temporary employment in the public administration.

Mar 17, 2022 | Current affairs, Featured, Revista Lloseta, Thursday Daily Bulletin, Tradition

The Parliament of the Balearic Islands has validated Decree-Law 2/2022, of 7 February, which establishes measures to reduce the temporary nature of public employment in the Balearic Islands. The Minister of the Presidency, Public Function and Equality, Mercedes Garrido, defended the regulation and assured that “the equity of our society can only be guaranteed if essential services are provided by the public sector, which is why it is the responsibility of all of us to guarantee the strength of these services”.

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In this way, the aim of the regulation is to take the measures and have the necessary instruments to reduce the temporary employment rate in the public administrations of the Balearic Islands to 8% by 31 December 2024, as stipulated by the state law. The Government intends to do this on the basis of an agreement with all public administrations and trade unions.

Precisely in order to achieve this coordination, agility, effectiveness and maximum efficiency, the creation of a specific negotiating table for all the administrations of the Balearic Islands is planned for this very week, for the necessary trade union negotiations, which will allow homogeneous criteria to be established for all the administrations in order to carry out the stabilisation process.

This table will be made up of representatives of the public administrations that join, and each and every one of the trade union organisations represented on the boards and works councils of the participating administrations. “In this way, we guarantee the right to collective bargaining of all the trade union organisations, each with the specific weight that the trade union elections in the respective autonomous areas have given them, but each and every one of the trade unions with a voice and a vote at the table”, explained Garrido. In this way, trade union organisations that are only represented on the CAIB’s General Services Committee will have the opportunity to contribute their proposals for all the public administrations of the Balearic Islands and not only at the level of the autonomous community.

In addition, a commission was set up yesterday, made up of representatives from different administrations, with the presence of the Autonomous Community Administration and the island and local administrations, with the aim of coordinating the implementation of the stabilisation processes.

Garrido announced that there are currently 49 municipalities that have already joined, in addition to the four island councils, the FELIB and ten other entities, making a total of 64 members. In this sense, the Government is making an effort to coordinate all the administrations of the Balearic Islands, and the committee that will be created is the tool for coordination so that this can be done as effectively, efficiently and quickly as possible.

Finally, the creation of a negotiating table for the entire instrumental public sector of the Autonomous Community of the Balearic Islands is envisaged, with the aim of negotiating the development of common working conditions and approving a framework agreement for the entire public sector.

All of this, in order to comply with the state law on interim workers, sets the clear goals of reducing temporary employment and offering stable and quality public employment and stability to public workers. It will affect positions that have been occupied on a temporary and uninterrupted basis for at least three years prior to 31 December 2020.

The vacancies relating to these stabilisation processes must be approved and published in the respective official gazettes before 1 June 2022, the respective calls for applications must be published before 31 December 2022, and the processes must end before 31 December 2024.

In any case, Garrido recalled that the Government has already implemented a series of measures in the area of civil service, aimed at providing stability to public workers. An example of this is the stabilisation processes initiated during the years 2017-2018, the implementation of which was launched at the end of 2019 and which, at this time, continue to be implemented. Of these, in terms of general services, there are 755 positions advertised, of which 350 have been filled, taking into account that the 2021 selective process was postponed until this year, due to COVID.

In Health, during this period, 2,782 vacancies have been filled and calls for applications already published continue to be carried out, which will cover a further 2,000 vacancies. And in Education, 2,381 positions have been stabilised. The calls for applications that are still in progress will mean the stabilisation of approximately 1,200 more positions.