Education in the Balearic Islands proposes a new framework improvement agreement for subsidised education until 2027.

Oct 16, 2022 | Current affairs, Featured, Thursday Daily Bulletin, Tradition, Uncategorized

The application of the 2016 agreement is completed and other aspects such as the revision of the economic modules are incorporated.

Other significant improvements are included, such as the proposal of an agreement for the relocation of teachers affected by the reduction of units and an agreement for the progressive reduction of ratios.

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The Regional Ministry of Education and Vocational Training today presented a series of proposals for a new Framework Agreement for Improvement (2023-2027) to the Round Table for Subsidised Education. The agreement recovers the pending measures of the 2016 Agreement, which were interrupted in 2019, and incorporates new measures that go beyond the purely socio-economic ones.

It should be remembered that the 2016 agreement led to a significant improvement in the socio-occupational conditions of teachers in subsidised private education and, in addition, since 2016 other improvement agreements not initially envisaged have been signed, such as those on partial retirements or the increase in the basic provision of teachers for diversity and the assumption of certain severance payments due to the entry into force of the labour reform.

Likewise, the Regional Ministry of Education and Vocational Training plans to incorporate into the new agreement other measures to improve the sector which, in addition to the social and employment conditions of teachers, take into account other aspects that will also represent an improvement for the sector as a whole, such as, for example, the revision of the modules of other expenses, completing the concerted provision of educational guidance in the infant and primary education stages or the recognition of the consideration of certain subsidised private schools as centres of preferential attention according to the characteristics and needs of their pupils.

This process will also have to include other issues which, at first glance, do not have an immediate economic impact, but which could lead to significant improvements, such as an agreement on the relocation of teachers who may be affected by the reduction of units or an agreement for the progressive reduction of ratios.

Proposals of the Agreement

  1. Pay increases in 2022 and 2023: to be made on the same terms as those agreed at the civil service roundtable for public employees.
  2. Beginning of the payment of the 25-year seniority pay for retired teachers who have merited the payment, with the calendarisation that is agreed, and from which the amounts received in the concept of sexenios will have to be deducted from the second sexenio (the first sexenio is excluded), which will be considered as payment in advance of the 25-year pay (January 2023).
  3. Recovery of measures from the 2016 Agreement

Complete the equalisation of pay for the pending categories (January 2023).
Complete the reduction of 23 teaching hours for secondary teachers working part-time, by adapting the salary tables (September 2023).
Complete the negotiation of the amounts and timetable for the application of the 2nd to 5th six-year periods. The 2nd and 3rd in September 2024 and negotiation of the schedule and amount of the 4th and 5th during the 2022-23 academic year.

  1. Revision of the operating costs module:

Increase of the module of operating expenses of the subsidised schools by €1 million in 2023 and negotiation during the 2022-23 academic year of the increases for the years 2024 to 2027 with the aim of ensuring the economic viability of the schools and sufficiently financing the expenses that are attributable to the educational agreement, as established in current legislation, so as to guarantee the provision of the education service free of charge.
The increase in the other expenses module will have to be passed on by the centres to the same extent to the administration and services staff.

  1. Completion of guidance concertation in EI/EP (January/September 2023).
  2. New partial retirement agreement (January 2024).
  3. Agreement to relocate teachers from the 2023-24 academic year.
  4. Agreement to reduce ratios from the 2023-24 academic year.
  5. Recognition of certain subsidised private schools as centres of preferential attention as of the 2023-24 academic year.

During the meeting, the Regional Ministry of Education and Vocational Training collected the observations and contributions of the employers’ and trade union organisations for their assessment, and they agreed to continue negotiations in the coming days.