Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Trade unions criticize the freezing of salaries in 2017 and promises action – the Public.en

The trade unions consider that it makes no sense to keep the salaries of public officials frozen in 2017 and ensure that this option of the Government may be able to bring the workers to the street.

The criticisms arise after, in an interview with the PUBLIC, the prime minister, António Costa, have guaranteed that there would be no increases in the next year, remembering that in October will be complete the “reset integral of the wages” of workers who earn above 1500 euros a month (gross).

“it Means that in 2017 the government employees will earn during 14 months which have gained only during three months of this year. It is well known that the level of inflation is low and that in 2018 we expect to resume updates, as well as deal with the issues of the fund relative to careers,” said António Costa.

This argument does not convince Ana Avoila, the coordinator of the Common Front of Unions of the Public Administration. "We started poorly when the Government puts in its election program a few things then don’t deliver. The workers of the public role, since 2009, that do not have wage increases, and since 2005 that do not have change of level in the professional career”, he criticized, in statements to the Lusa news agency.

Ana Avoila considered to be “very bad” that the Government follow this path, but proved esperançada in which the executive is “sensitive” to the matter and to review their position.

“This, if so it will go to the second year that the people do not take nothing, and what happens is you start to demoralize and to think that it was not worth it. There are more than 600 thousand workers with no increases and this is no joke. It is a class that feels very abused,” he said.

The coordinator of the Common Front announced that the role of the public, “will, naturally, react badly” if the intention of the Government if come to confirm, adding that, last week, delivered at the Ministry of Finance the proposal for demands for 2017, which provides for wage increases of 4% and the thawing of the progressions in the careers.

the secretary-general of the Federation of trade Unions of Public Administration (Fesap), Nobre dos Santos, criticized the Government’s intention, arguing that there must be increases, at least for those workers who earn less than 630 euro.

Quoted by Lusa, the leader stressed that officials are “willing to protest and fight to bring awareness to the prime minister”.

“it Would be an injustice so great if not seen wage increases. The Fesap realizes that there may be on the part of the Government’s difficulties in raising all in an equal way, therefore, we consider that it should be corrected the lowest wages, below the 630 euros,” he said.

THE FESAP considered that if the Government had sensitivity to increase in the next year the pensions, it should also do so for low wages. “As there is a concern, a sensitivity of the Government to maintain, to seek to improve the income of families, particularly of those who earn less, would be an injustice glaring if there was an increase of pensions and this does not confirm to those who are in active employment and earn less than 630 euros”, he said.

Also the president of the Union of Quadros Técnicos do Estado (STE), Helena Rodrigues, see the statements of the prime minister as an attempt to condition the negotiations have not yet begun. "Not yet we have started the procedure of negotiating annual. We have presented our proposals and we now expect to against the proposal of the Government. The prime minister is the burning steps is a behavior that we saw in other governments," he criticized.

"there May have been a rant or an attempt to make the procedure of negotiating," says Helen Rodrigues.

"our proposal speaks of an increase of 2%, which does not imply a real increase or the recovery of wages. Where is the promised return of income", asks the officer, noting that, in 2015, the anteiror Government created a special career new (at the National Institute of Statistics, in the Office of Planning, Strategy, Evaluation and International Relations in the Directorate-General of Budget and Directorate-General of Treasury), with the corresponding wage increases.


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