Outrage in the civil service. As of October 1, teleworking in the General State Administration will be restricted to a maximum of one day a week (20% of the working day), compared to the three days a week agreed by the Government and unions in April, The Independent Central Trade Union and Civil Servants (CSIF) advanced this Wednesday.
The resolution, which CSIF has refused to sign, also establishes the end of the appointment system for December 31.
As the union has exposed in a statement published this Wednesday, the resolution that has been taken, which replaces another that allowed up to four days of remote work, does not meet the necessary requirements to guarantee the return to face-to-face work in the best conditions.
The CSIF proposal goes through a hybrid model of 40% in physical presence and 60% in telematic work (3 days a week), with a criterion similar to that agreed for the normality stage, once the pandemic is over. “In this way, it would be possible to return to physical presence with maximum guarantees of security for all public employees and allows telematic work to be carried out, which has been very positive in the General State Administration,” defends the union.
Face-to-face meetings and trips are back
The resolution also establishes that the meetings will be face-to-face in general or in a mixed mode; lifts the travel ban, although giving priority to videoconferencing; prioritizes that the courses be by telematic means; and it also encourages telematic means for selective tests.
“The Administration should value the positive experience that has been the performance of work in telematic mode that during all these months of pandemic has guaranteed the operation of the Administration and the maintenance of benefits to citizens in areas such as Employment, the Treasury Public, Social Security and many others that represent the backbone of our State “, underline from the CSIF.
The union chaired by Miguel Borra has urged the Ministry of Finance and Public Function to develop “without delay” a rule that embodies the telework agreement in the AGE, which is the one that, in his opinion, should be applied under normal conditions when end the current health crisis.
Exceptions to keep teleworking
The resolution adopted by the Public Function only introduces, as exceptions, that 100% of the working day can be carried out in the telematic mode in the cases of people with cancer or immunodeficiency; for quarantine reasons; in areas where there is a rebound or new waves of covid, and in personnel abroad in certain circumstances.
CSIF has also denounced that the return to presence is going to materialize with “low minimums” templates . An example, the State Public Employment Service (SEPE), which “will terminate the contract of another 500 interns at the end of this month and by the end of the year the 1,500 people who were hired as reinforcement by the covid will have left” and that the Government he will not renew, the union has warned.
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