Congress refuses to prohibit by law salary differences between police officers

  • The PP spokesperson proposes to the Government: “Give up your bodyguards and we would have more money for emptied Spain”

The discontent of the unions and associations of the Police and Civil Guard has entered Congress again this Tuesday, flanking a proposal for the Organic Law of Remuneration of the Security Forces and Bodies that the Popular Party has presented admitting from the beginning that it knew it would not prosper.

The processing proposal, which has been rejected with 190 negative votes from PSOE, Unidas-Podemos, ERC, PNV and Mixed Group, included the aspiration of the union platforms of the two State security forces that the prohibition of the salary differences between autonomous and state police.

It is connected with what in police union jargon is known as the “eighth clause”, in reference to the chapter of the pact that the PP Interior Minister Juan Ignacio Zoido signed with the police union centrals in 2018. The claim to articulate by law a total equalization of salaries between police officers, civil guards and their colleagues from the Mossos d’Esquadra and the Ertzaintza is based on the complaint of an audit on budgetary needs and remuneration that was made then and that the unions do not consider valid and demand that it be repeated.

“The remuneration of the state and regional security forces and bodies will be in any case the same,” says one of the articles of the PP proposal, which also provides for prohibiting the autonomies to raise their police salaries on their own.

So far, the application by governments of the PSOE, and the PSOE and United We Can, of the three sections of increases set in the agreement signed by the last executive of the PP has led to a budget increase of 807 million euros, and an average improvement of 20% in the payrolls of police and guards.

populism contest

In the discussion of this bill, the Lower House has known this Tuesday one of its great afternoons of populism. Popular Party and Vox, and to a lesser extent Citizens, fight a pulse for the influence on the Security Forces and the mobilizations of their members. This competition has moved to the hemicycle among undisguised flatteries directed at the group of uniformed men, even with hymn trumpeting in the chamber.

The deputy of the proposing group Ana Vazquez has admitted in his speech that the initiative was not going to prosper – “it will be a reality when he governs Pablo Casado“, has augured- and has defended the proposal by attacking the Government of Pedro Sánchez. The Executive, he said, “protects criminals and leaves police and civil guards lying around.” The popular spokesperson for the Interior has also raised the pitch by stating: “They attack the Police and want them gagged while They ask for more agents for the Galapagar cases or the holidays to Scotland from [Alberto] Waiter“.

In the culminating part of his speech, Vázquez has proposed to the Executive: “Give up the escorts, and we would have more money for emptied Spain! “

But Vox number two, Javier Ortega Smith, has disputed this land to the popular parliamentarian in her turn to speak. His party is with the proposal “because this is better than nothing,” he explained before his stellar moment: he lowered the microphones to his mobile, he hit the play Y has thundered throughout the chamber the first verse of the National Police Corps anthem sung by a tenor: “Policia Nacionaaaaal …”

The president of Congress, Meritxell Batet, he ordered to stop when he has reproached him: “The platform is not for songs.”

The socialist deputy and former mayor of La Línea de la Concepción (Cádiz) Gemma Araujo has cried out in turn: “The Police and the Civil Guard are nobody’s property”, and has reproached the PP for its attempt to “tampering with the Police and the Civil Guard” in his “strategy of attrition of this government.”

Ana Vázquez had accused the current executive of raising the salary of guards and police with the budgets approved by Mariano Rajoy and based on agreements “that were already in the BOE” and that have maintained “at the bottom of a drawer”. His socialist opponent has replied that, when the left arrived at Moncloa, there were no authorized funds “or a payment schedule.”

Union tension

In facilities attached to the Lower House, the spokespersons of the Unified Police Union (SUP), Carlos Morales placeholder image, and the Unified Association of Civil Guards (AUGC), Pedro Carmona, have continued in the debate. The two centrals had dealt with the PP issues included in the bill. Although, “we are apolitical. Police and civil guards are not from any party, but from all citizens,” Morales explained.

The two spokesmen have come forward to closely follow the discussion on “a compensation law in the that it is agreed that no policeman in Spain can charge more than another and that 2018 agreement is definitively fulfilled, “said the SUP leader.

Carmona has recalled that the AUGC has raised an administrative dispute admitted for processing by the Supreme Court for which it denounces as an “unfulfilled equality”. “The Government has to face this vote and decide if it wants to end this difference in salaries in the Security Forces and Bodies. This bill can put an end to salary dysfunctions,” he said at the beginning of the afternoon session in Congress.

Both the SUP and the AUGC had announced that they will continue to complain in the street if the law does not break through in the chamber.

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And the street, specifically the Carrera de San Jerónimo de Madrid, will be this Wednesday the scene of a new protest from Jusapol, the platform that, by radicalizing its message, has taken from the SUP and the AUGC the union leadership in the Police and Civil Guard. In front of Congress, and with other organizations, it will protest the beginning of the process of the reform of the Citizen Security Law, nicknamed ‘Gag Law’, which, for the president of Jusapol, Miguel Angel Gomez, “leaves the Security Forces at the feet of the horses, puts your physical integrity at risk and that of their families and it will create a climate of insecurity for all citizens & rdquor ;.

This Tuesday, Jucil, the branch of Jusapol in the Civil Guard, has lamented the result of the vote in Congress: “A new possibility of end segregation and discrimination that a good part of the officials of the State Security Forces and Corps suffer in Spain, “he said in a public note.

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