Update 22 November: Here we go. Social Court 7 of Las Palmas has ruled that the Canarian Government’s decision to suspend public sector workers is legal, and has authorized the first ERE (official procedure for laying off staff) for 87 employes and 17 early retirements in Gáldar. The judgment dismissed all legal arguments that such a procedure was illegal in a Public Administration, and on the contrary, accepted the corporation’s economic arguments as proven and the lay-offs as reasonable.
Original post 24 October: That’s the analysis of the President of the Canaries himself, Paulino Rivero, which he gave in Parliament yesterday as an attempt to prepare everyone, from the highest public servants to ordinary residents for what is going to happen next year. He didn’t beat around the bush either. “Many” of those who work in the public sector, he said, must begin to think in terms of not being able to continue working in the administration. If there had been any lingering doubt about maintaining public employment in 2013, Rivero killed it stone dead.
Cuts in Madrid’s regional funding, the next Presupuestos Generales del Estado (PGE), mean that even the situation we have come to know and increasingly fear over the last few years is nothing as to what is going to come. Already, some chemists are stocking only absolute medical essentials because they are on the verge of bankruptcy with Government payments months overdue; public transport, including ferries, is threatened because of Government payments overdue; firefighters are threatening strike action if guaranteed funding is even touched, as the Government is beginning to suggest. After the President’s remarks yesterday, however, it seems that the “horror” is only just starting.