SANTA CRUZ DE TENERIFE, 22 Apr. (EUROPE PRESS) –
The Minister of Public Administrations, Justice and Security of the Government of the Canary Islands, Julio Pérez, stated this Friday that excessive temporality in public employment “is a legally complex, humanly hurtful and lacerating problem for those who suffer from it” and that, due to its very nature, affects the ordinary functioning of public administrations, while stressing that its resolution is “priority” for the current Executive.
Pérez has expressed himself in these terms during the inauguration of the conference ‘Employment in the public sector: the great challenge for the administrations’, organized by the General Directorate of Modernization and Quality of Services, a center attached to his department, and has pointed out that the high rate of temporary employment is a serious and exceptional situation, which occurs in all Spanish public administrations, to which an exceptional solution must also be sought among all the parties involved to guarantee that the result is legally stable.
The counselor has praised the celebration of this day, whose objectives are to generate spaces of knowledge, consensus and legal certainty, respecting different criteria in the face of a problem that affects the ordinary functioning of the administration.
“This meeting has been organized with the clear desire to learn and not to impose the criteria of the administration, to generate understanding, collaboration and coordination,” he emphasized.
Throughout his speech, he has mentioned the problems that humanity has faced and, specifically, the economic and political space in recent years, and has assured that they could not have been addressed without powerful public administrations.
The counselor stressed that society demands good, efficient, well-organized, equipped and motivated administrations, and to this end, he added, it is necessary to generate stability and resolve the excess of temporary employment in public employment.
In his opinion, without solving this problem, it is very difficult to face other challenges such as intensive and excessive digitization, the regulation of teleworking, the establishment of a management by objectives, the reconciliation of family and work life, improving the mobility system of public employees, their remuneration system or their professional career, which is why it has insisted that its resolution is a priority for the Government.
Pérez has pointed out that in 2021 a solution path was generated with the approval of Law 20/2021, of December 28, on Urgent Measures for the Reduction of Temporality in Public Employment, which refers its execution to the autonomous communities, it generates spaces for negotiation and contains rules and precepts that are subject to interpretation and that must be agreed upon.
For this reason, he demanded dialogue and agreement from all the parties involved, as well as an effort in legal improvement that allows a legally stable solution to the excess of temporality, an anomaly, he stressed, “that should not have occurred”.
In her presentation of the conference, to which almost a thousand people have registered, the general director of Modernization and Quality of Services, Alicia Álvarez, explained that the objective of the meeting was to seek joint solutions to one of the great challenges that the public administration faces, whose key and strength are people, collects a note from the Executive.
“Temporary public employment is a difficult situation to tackle, but it is crucial to achieve a strong and cohesive administration”, he stressed.
The professor of Labor Law and Social Security at the University of Valencia, Remedios Roqueta, has been in charge of analyzing Law 20/2021, and more specifically the stabilization processes included in the regulation, a topical issue and practice, he has indicated, since it offers different interpretations.
His presentation has served to make clear the legal framework in which the parties involved in this procedure must operate.
Next, a round table took place, moderated by the professor of Labor Law at the ULL, Margarita Ramos, in which representatives of the five unions with representation in the General Board of Public Employees participated: Cristo Jordán (CSIF), Yolanda Cívicos (IC), Lourdes González (SEPCA), Juan Miguel Suárez (CCOO) and Gregorio Pérez (UGT).
All have agreed that there is a “historic moment” for public administrations, with a legislative tool, which can offer various interpretations, but whose spirit is clear, to reduce the high rates of temporary employment of public employees.
Likewise, they have left evidence that the moment of truth has arrived and that it is a priority to set the places that are going to be put up for public offer.
In the opinion of the moderator, then, when designing the selection processes, the unions can contribute a lot in the negotiation and she concluded by emphasizing that better solutions are reached with dialogue and agreement.
Ramos has pointed out that temporality is synonymous with precariousness, a labor market pathology, an anomaly, which prevents their involvement.
Subsequently, a more technical table was held, moderated by the Deputy Minister of Public Administrations and Transparency, Manuel Martínez, in which Dolores Alonso, Deputy Director of Planning and Rationalization of Public Employment of the Government of the Canary Islands, José María Cabrera, Director of Public Function and New Technologies of the Cabildo de Gran Canaria, Virginia Losa, deputy secretary of the Palencia Provincial Council, and Fernando Giner, general secretary of the Torrelodones City Council.
In their speeches they have also valued the opportunity presented by this stabilization process, in order to normalize the functioning of public administrations and have encouraged public officials and unions to collaborate to reach a good agreement.
The conference was closed by Manuel Martínez and the director of the Civil Service of the Government of the Canary Islands, Montserrat García, who thanked the people who had intervened for their contributions and the General Directorate of Modernization and Quality of Services for the initiative to seek an administration stronger and more cohesive, just as its head, Alicia Álvarez, had proposed.