Six of the seven associations of judges and prosecutors will sign this Tuesday with the Ministry the increase of 450 euros per month that they have agreed after five meetings and a threat of strike, while the officials of the Administration of Justice wait for the department led by Pilar Llop I called them to renew the negotiations that were frustrated on April 24 and put an end to the hiatus that they have been holding for a month.
The signing will take place after last Thursday all the associations –except the majority of judges– accepted the offer of 46.7 million euros for salary improvements in the judicial and prosecutorial careers. On Friday, the Professional Association of the Magistracy (APM) officially distanced itself from the pact and announced that it would not support the agreement, considering it “insufficient, unworthy and unacceptable”, but has not specified whether or not to go on strike.
Last Thursday, the association’s spokesman, Juan José Carbonero, stated in statements to the press that they were still in negotiation mode. “I don’t rule out anything,” he said, and then insisted that until the time of signing “there is time to bring positions closer.” The following day, however, they issued a statement from the APM in which they explained that although the decision had not been “easy”, they had adopted it from “the conviction” that it is a “disastrous agreement” for the judicial career that “hurts deeply and for a long time” his remuneration system.
Thus, the signing on Tuesday will take place with six of the seven associations of judges and prosecutors. The agreement that is initialed will affect the entire fiscal and judicial career, including the associates of the APM. The signatory associations that called the strike for May 22 have called it off after agreeing to the Ministry’s offer. The APM put her on hold.
Although six of the seven associations have agreed to the proposal, only two of them — Judges and Judges for Democracy (JJpD) and the Progressive Union of Prosecutors (UPF), both progressive in nature — have been satisfied with the offer. . The other four — Francisco de Vitoria Judicial Association (AJFV), Independent Judicial Forum (FJI), Association of Prosecutors (AF) and Professional and Independent Association of Prosecutors (APIF) — have assured that “the proposal is not at all satisfactory “, which does not meet their “legitimate economic uses and which do not meet the “investment needs in means of Justice that citizens demand”.
the first time that an agreement is signed within the framework of the Remuneration Table that represents a “real increase” because, although by law it should meet every five years, until now it had not done so.
four failed meetings
The agreement has been reached after four failed meetings, since the associations rejected the options that Pilar Llop’s team put on the table on two previous occasions. First he said that there was no economic proposal of 44 million euros. Then they ruled out signing an offer for 46.7 million euros. It was on May 16 when the Ministry offered them a third proposal that, although it did not improve the amount, another series of points did appear that on May 18 ended up convincing six of the associations.
The agreement that has been reached includes a game of 46.7 million euros that was achieved in a weighted average individual increase of about 447 euros in 12 payments. Said increase would represent an average increase on individual remuneration of up to 7%, which would be added to the 8% increase approved by the Government for civil servants.
According to sources close to the negotiation, the increases would be paid in three tranches: 40% retroactive to January 1, 2023; 40% that will accrue on January 1, 2024; and 20% that will have economic effects on July 1, 2024.
The Justice and Public Service proposal
From the Ministry they specified in a statement that the offer resulted, in addition to the increase in the complement of destination for representation, the modification of the laws in process to provide the presidency of the courts of instance and the superior courts of justice with “sufficient strength to face the new challenges of the organization”.
Regarding the prosecutor’s career, the Ministry led by Llop proposed “to address as quickly as possible the processing of the conversion of positions, the splitting of the superior prosecutor’s offices in the single-province autonomous communities and the inclusion”. In addition, the Government will require that the members of the Remuneration Table establish a “new framework of relations, characterized by continued dialogue.” “To this end, permanent working groups will be set up, and the Commission will convene annually.
Likewise, the Executive promised to correspondingly increase the 2023 public employment offer for judges and prosecutors by 100 positions, and “an equivalent increase in the offer to the year 2024,” according to the Ministry. However, four of the six associations that have agreed to sign have stressed that this increase is “insufficient in the context of 563 vacancies, 293 newly created courts requested by the CGPJ and the retirements that are coming.”
Conflict with officials
Once the conflict of the Ministry with judges and prosecutors has been overcome, that of the officials remains latent, who have been on an indefinite strike of partial stoppages since last April 17 and who on Monday, May 22, have raised the tone with a total stoppage strike 24 hours.
The strike committee – made up of the CSIF, STAJ, CCOO and UGT unions – demands a salary increase of between 350 and 430 euros for the 45,000 justice officials, which would mean an injection of some 200 million euros.
The Secretary of State, Antonio ‘Tontxu’ Rodríguez, has informed the officials that the Ministry would sit down to negotiate with them when it resolved the conflict with judges and prosecutors. However, sources close to the negotiation have specified to Europa Press that it is possible that official contacts will not take place until after the regional and municipal elections on May 28, since justice officials are a body that depends on the Ministry and the autonomous communities with transferred powers, so it would be decided to wait for the new governments to be formed.
It is expected that this Tuesday the officials will demonstrate in front of the national headquarters of the PSOE, in Madrid’s Calle de Ferraz, at 12:00. On Thursday they will march from the Ministry of Justice to the Ministry of Public Function, in the center of the capital.