Spain -Unions respond to attack on civil servants -July 25, 2011

Juan Rosell, head of the CEOE employers’ organisation, has angered unions with his statements about civil servants, describing them as arrogant and unreliable. The civil service unions have reacted by referring to the fact that civil servants have played an important role in response to the crisis, pointing out that not only were they not responsible for the crisis but they also did not benefit from the boom years that lead to the bust. While inflation averaged 4%, civil servants’ pay was increasing by an average of 2% over a period of more than 10 years. Moreover, following the slump civil servants have had a 5% pay cut and a pay freeze imposed upon them.




This article was published in the Collective Bargaining Newsletter. It aims to facilitate information exchange between trade unions and to support the work of ETUC's collective bargaining committee. For more information, please contact the editor Maarten van Klaveren, Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Labour Studies (AIAS) You may find further information on the ETUI at, and on the AIAS at © ETUI aisbl, Brussels 2011.

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