And the government returned, on Wednesday, to refuse to enhance the increases in civil service salaries for this year. In the next stage, the principle of “updates” will resume, but the minister of the presidency, who oversees public administration, now says that the values will not necessarily follow the inflation recorded this year, which may be around 4%.
“This salary update [de 2023] It will take into account the inflation values but also the assessment that was made of the nature of that inflation at that moment, the success of the measures we are taking to contain prices, and of course the situation in the country,” the minister said this Wednesday under the supervision of the General Administration of Antonio Costa’s new government, Mariana Vieira da Silva.
“In discussing the 2023 budget, we will be here to resume a discussion about the annual salary update that takes into account various factors: inflation, the evolution that has occurred in inflation in the face of the success of the measures we have taken. The situation, “he told reporters at the end of the first meeting with the three civil service union structures, “. The international situation we are experiencing, and of course also, as always, the country’s economic and financial situation.”
So far, the commitment to update salaries to the level of inflation in the previous year and this is where the commitment to the electoral platform has been. Now, the obligation is to do an annual “salary review,” despite the other criteria it now lists.
“All steps taken must be sustainable over time,” the minister justified.
This year’s update will not exceed the 0.9% set in the fall, although the government is forecasting 3.7% inflation (CPI).
Ruling out temporary increases this year, the minister stressed that “wages are rising in several ways”: the salary block – which includes promotions and promotions – has increased by 2.5% this year. He also said that measures such as free day care, a child guarantee and an increase in the minimum wage are incidental.
The minister reiterated that the inflation we are experiencing is a “transient and unusual” moment, and that the answer must be through measures that affect prices. Despite the deterioration of the situation due to the invasion of Ukraine, the government did not abandon the deficit target of 1.9% of GDP.
Negotiations begin after the budget and continue for “four and a half years.”
Speaking to reporters, the Minister of the Presidency also confirmed that she wants to negotiate with the unions: simplify the bidding of the public administration, review the individual pay scale, evaluate jobs for senior technicians and, later, also review the performance appraisal system (on which succession depends).
However, after the Minister of Finance dropped the intention to increase the entry salary of senior technicians by 50 euros in January 2023, the Minister of Public Administration also did not want to set a timetable for the completion of this process.
However, he said that job differentiation, an issue that will be highlighted in a very telling way in the coming year, may require some immediate measures (for 2023, for example, to be explained).
“The individual salary scale has a more immediate response and also action that can happen during these four and a half years,” he said.
He stressed that “there are more urgent dimensions and others that may occur in the next four and a half years,” without giving details.
These statements were made after the meeting between the Minister and Minister of State for Public Administration, Ines Ramires, with the trade union front led by STE, Fesap and finally the Joint Front.
Sebastiao Santana, coordinator of the CGTP structure – which will decide on new protests next week – considered that by not going forward with temporary increases, and keeping the update at 0.9% in an inflationary context, the executive is giving “a bad signal to the private sector”. .
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