Officials’ strike: 10,000 protesters in Barcelona, ​​but little monitoring of the strikes

  • Thousands of people demonstrate in the center of Barcelona against the abuse of interns in the Administration

The civil servants strike and the rest of the Catalan public employees against the abuse of temporary employment in the Administration is having a discreet follow-up, according to the official calculations of the Generalitat, with a 2.8% participation. Of the 188,948 workers dependent on the Generalitat who were cited, a total of 5.392 they have supported the strikes; according to the ‘conselleria’ of Presidency and Public Function. The convening unions -the Trade Union Board and the Intersyndical-CSC– They figure a participation 10 times higher, around 30% in sectors such as education, the administrative offices of the Generalitat or the State. The centrals have organized a demonstration in the center of Barcelona which has been attended by 10,000 people; according to the organizers, or 4,500 according to calculations by the Urban Guard. The protest is proceeding without incident, although with traffic alterations at the intersections of Gran Via and Pau Claris and in the surroundings of Plaza Urquinaona.

The unions with the greatest representation in the Catalan public function have again taken to the streets this Tuesday to protest against the abuse of temporary employment in the Administration. “Les que hi som, ens quedem” [Las que estamos, nos quedamos] read the banner that has presided over the demonstration this Tuesday in the center of Barcelona. The objective of the organizers is to pressure the parties in the Congress of Deputies so that they change ‘in extremis’ the direction of their vote and overthrow the bill to stabilize employment in the public function, to provide a more secure solution for possible fraud.

According to the pact reached by the PSOE, Unidas Podemos, ERC and PNV, any interim who has been in the same position for five years without interruption may not go through opposition and access a merit contest through which to consolidate their position. The organizers reject this measure, as they consider that there is a risk that there are administrations that decide not to call such competitions and, in turn, that setting the limit at five years leaves out thousands of interns. They advocate that any eventual person who can prove more than three years of seniority in the Administration, whether in the same position or in different positions, should be automatically converted to permanent status. Critics of these postulates affirm that this has the appearance of being unconstitutional, arguing that all public places must be assigned under the criteria of publicity and free attendance.

The organizers have been more successful in setting up a massive demonstration than in managing to stop the services of the Generalitat. Among some high minimum services in sectors such as health or education and which is the second general strike in the public sector in the last month, the call for this Tuesday has lost steam and the official monitoring has gone from 7,2% from last October 28 to 2.8% of this November 30. The data of the organizers are 10 times higher, but they coincide in pointing out that the strikes this Tuesday have had less participation than those of a month ago.

More unions, but less follow-up

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Although in this call the organizing unions have added new allies, the follow-up has lost steam. In the previous strike, only the Taula Sindical, a group of centrals, among which the IAC (majority in the public function and with special weight in education) and the CGT stand out. And this Tuesday also called the Intersindical-CSC, the majority in the administration of the Generalitat. Not by adding new organizers the final result has been more successful.

The centrals have cut the Via Laietana in Barcelona to protest against the chronic abuse of interns in the Administration for years. Throughout Spain there are between 300,000 (according to the Government) and 800,000 (according to the interim platforms) public places structurally occupied by a casual worker. The shortage of competitive examinations called during the last 10 years, added to the fact that in many departments there were no

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