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Teleworking ends for civil servants: as of October 1, they will only be able to work from home one day a week

If telecommuting has already been showing signs of a constant slowdown in our country, the Government has just added one last tip to the trend: civil servants will have to return to their physical jobs as of October 1 and they will only be able to work from home once a week.

This measure, which affects only workers in the general administration of the State and not regional or local, is opposed by most unions.

From four days to one

Until October 1, officials they are being able to telecommute up to four days a week. But, from that date, they will only be able to do it for a maximum of one day.

The government has communicated these new measures to the workers’ representatives in the Administration, which have been received with rejection by the unions. The Civil Service wants a maximum of 20% of the work of public employees to be done from home. Something that, according to the unions, supposes a “drastic cut” of the agreements that they signed a few months ago.

The Central Sindical Independiente y de Servants (CSIF) has refused to sign this proposal and proposes a model of 40% in physical presence and 60% in telematic work (3 days / week), following the agreement that, until now, they had signed.

It should be noted, on the other hand, that most companies in our country propose a telework model in which you go to the office for two or three days and the rest can work from home.

Telecommuting in the administration

“From the UGT we are perplexed by the attitude of the Administration”, say in this union, who denounce that, despite the Teleworking Law, and despite the fact that on April 12 of this year an agreement was signed on teleworking in the administration public, this modality is not yet regulated. Something that both UGT and CSIF demand that it be legislated and regulated.

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“We criticize the Administration proposing a complete return to face-to-face work and, nevertheless, keep other aspects in telematic regime you relate to the guarantee of rights of public employees ”such as courses and training activities, selective tests, meetings and trips or social dialogue, adds UGT.

In this sense, it should be noted that the resolution proposed by the government determines that the meetings will be face-to-face “with a general nature” or in mixed mode, although the courses will be primarily online, as well as the selective tests. Officials will also be able to travel again.

Learn from experience

In CSIF’s opinion, the Administration should value the “positive experience” that, in the opinion of the union, teleworking of civil servants has entailed.

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“The functioning of the Administration has been guaranteed and the maintenance of benefits to citizens in areas such as Employment, Public Finance, Social Security and many others that represent the backbone of our State,” he says.

In fact, in the agreement signed on April 12, the then Minister of Territorial Policy and Public Function, Miguel Iceta, assured that the idea was for the Public Administration to take advantage of the digital transformation of the public sector to advance in new ways of providing public services for the benefit of citizens. “Spain is boosting its ability to converge with neighboring countries in the necessary implementation of telework in the AGE,” he declared.