Social Services Case: The Generalitat reviews the 2012 extra payments

  • One of the three investigations seeks to clarify why the officials of the entity collected the extra pay of 2012, a year before what the regulations said

  • The Department of Drets Socials has not wanted to reveal what the rest of the reviews deal with, which have to do with salary aspects

The entire staff received it by email last Monday. The Consorci de Serveis Socials, by order of the Department of Drets Socials, has opened an ex officio review within the entity to clarify why your workers collected the return of the extra pay of 2012 in 2017 and not in 2018. The concern spread among employees, who fear having to pay this money back. The Generalitat insists that it is not its intention, and assures that this is only one of the three ex officio reviews opened as a result of the irregularities detected in the entity uncovered by EL PERIÓDICO. They have to do, among others, with millionaire contracts awarded to finger or bonuses without duly justifying among the managers. The Government does not want to say openly what the other two ex officio reviews are investigating, nor has it wanted to show the documents to this newspaper.

Hiring by hand, unjustified bonuses and accounts that were approved after the deadline. These are some of the irregularities that both the Sindicatura de Comptes and the Intervention of the Generalitat detected since 2014 in the Consorci de Serveis Socials de Barcelona. A joint entity between the Government and the Barcelona City Council that manages services for the most vulnerable in the city, such as children under guardianship or people with disabilities. As soon as this newspaper unveiled these documents, the Department of Drets Socials announced that it would open an ex officio investigation related to the irregularities observed with the hiring of personnel, but not about the irregular awards.

Retaliatory attitude

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The only ex officio review file that this newspaper has been able to access is the one that investigates the return of 20% of the employees’ Christmas bonus pay in 2012. It was a payment that the Government of Mariano Rajoy cut, but in March 2018 it was ratified to proceed with its return. In the audits of 2017 and 2019, the Generalitat’s Intervention verified that the consortium returned this payment in the 2017 budget. “It has not complied with the deadlines set forth in the regulations “, says the resolution that opens this review, and considers “null and void” the minutes of the consortium that apply it. The document was signed by manager Joan Uribe on November 4, one day before leaving office. Precisely, the consortium’s 2017 budget was approved in 2018, along with the 2016 and 2015 budgets, as stated by sources from the entity, because they found that the accounts were not closed.

Some workers claim that this ex officio review demonstrates a attitude of “retaliation” against employeess. The Generalitat denies it, and assures that it has initiated two more reviews in relation to the irregularities detected in relation to salary aspects. However, it does not mean what specific issues they affect or show the documents, citing a data protection issue. The reports pointed to various themes. Mainly, salary supplements of up to one million euros to the staff of the offices that were not justified or included in the salary tables, non-existent personnel selection processes or improperly processed processes of substitution or replacement of the workforce.

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