In extremis, when there were only a few minutes left for the deadline to close the voting in the Congress of Deputies, the Government has reached an agreement with ERC on Wednesday that has allowed by the minimum, by only one vote, the validation of the decree that tries to put an end to the abuse of the temporality of interims in the Public Administration, and that was approved after an agreement with the unions, but that had not been endorsed by the usual partners of the Executive. Not even United We can had guaranteed its support if certain modifications were not accepted but, according to parliamentary sources, finally there was an agreement between the Treasury and the confederal group that later facilitated the support of the Republicans.
The deputy Pilar Vallugrera, ERC, has announced this agreement on Wednesday during the plenary, after the Minister of Finance and Public Function, Maria Jesus Montero, announced that the Socialist group agreed to process the royal decree as a bill, which allows to introduce “improvements” during its passage through Parliament.
This has facilitated the vote in favor of ERC, Teruel Existe, Nueva Canarias, Compromís and PRC, added to those of PSOE and Unidas Podemos, in addition to the abstention of PNV and Más País. PP, Vox, PDeCAT, Junts, Navarra Suma, CUP, BNG, Foro and Coalición Canaria voted against. The result has been very tight and it was necessary to vote twice because of an initial tie of yeses and noes because a deputy of Unidas Podemos, Rosa Medel, voted against the first time by rejecting the proposal in conscience, breaking the discipline of group, but later has rectified at the request of his colleagues and has decided not to participate in the vote. Finally the decree was validated by only one vote: 170 votes in favour, 169 against and 8 abstentions.
In the negotiation, which has been extended during the early hours of Wednesday morning, the Republicans have managed to get the Executive to agree to apply Article 61.6 of the Basic Statute of the Public Employee to groups that have not had oppositions in ten years, so that they have non-eliminatory oppositions and enables the assessment of merits for access as an exceptional possibility.
“Our job is to ensure that those 800,000 people interim, when we process that bill, see that you can introduce all the guarantees that we have been maintaining in the last two years to comply with legislation”, has claimed Vallugrera. “We have an agreement, we will see the sincerity and loyalty of the Socialist Group. They have the last chance to comply with their agreements. Please be up to the task,” he has asked members of the Executive ERC deputy.
The measure was agreed by the Executive with the majority unions at the state level, including some as little akin to their positions as CSIF, and in its gestation were involved not only the former Minister of Public Function, Miquel Iceta, but even the second vice president and Minister of Labour, Yolanda Diaz. But there are associations that defend exclusively to these interim who reject the wording of the rule and denounces its exclusion from the talks, while warning that its implementation can leave many people without work.
In his speech to ask for a favorable vote, Montero, who assumed the competence of Public Function in the recent reshuffle of the Government, has made several announcements to try to please the parliamentary groups. The first has been to accept that the royal decree is processed as a bill precisely to be able to make modifications. And among them are some that have claimed in recent hours parliamentary allies and even the government partner, United We can.
Montero has proposed that the interim public administrations that have more than ten years occupying a structural position that has never been called may be awarded that position without the need to pass an opposition, but only by an assessment of merit. In addition, the autonomous communities may decide that the opposition is not eliminatory in the processes of stabilization of structural positions occupied for more than three years by interim staff. Something that had insistently claimed from associations representing the interims
In the last hours had been several groups that have denounced the absence of negotiation by the Treasury, who already saw how Congress rejected in 2020 a royal decree to allow municipalities to use their residual treasury. In fact, some and others have denounced both the form and the substance of the royal decree that, although defended by Montero, was drafted with Miquel Iceta as minister of the branch.
The spokeswoman for EH Bildu has summarized in her speech the doubts raised by most groups: “You are the ones who must win the support of the groups, share legislative agenda, be permeable to the forces of the left and the groups. Do not wait for us to support you just because we do. In this way, you will neither govern, nor advance, nor strengthen the progressive majority that exists in this chamber.a”. Also from the Basque Country, with a different trade union reality to the one that has negotiated the content of the royal decree with the Government, Mikel Legarda has stated that “the opinions and suggestions of the autonomous communities have not been taken into account”, while warning that the situations that have led to the high temporality in the interim, especially in public services such as Health, Education, Justice and Social Services, are not corrected.
This time PDeCAT and Junts have added their votes to the no, although they have announced contributions in the parliamentary process. And from United We can, Pedro Honrubia has defended the yes of his group as a lesser evil. “It is not that we are satisfied, but there are important advances. If this is taken to the negotiating table, deadlines and content are agreed, there will be a substantial improvement for the situation of these people. Today they will feel more calm than they felt yesterday,” said the deputy for Granada.
From the right of the House has also rejected the royal decree. Vox has announced an appeal to the Constitutional Court and has criticized that it is subjected to a process of competition-opposition to the interim workers of the administration, without providing a viable alternative. From the PP has criticized the “authoritarian drift” of the Government by resorting to a legal figure intended for emergency cases, when the problem of temporariness in the administration has been dragging for years.
The Government thus manages to conclude the political course with two victories that have resisted until the last minute: the decree of the masks and this of interim. In the second case, it is actually a kick to follow because in the parliamentary process, which Montero has pledged to conclude in October, every comma of a rule that will allow regional and local administrations to consolidate much public employment in pre-election and even electoral period will be negotiated.