First wage rise for Spain civil servants since crisis

EXPATICA – 09.03.2018

Spanish unions have reached a deal with the government to raise the salary of civil servants for the first time since 2009 after an economic crisis sparked drastic austerity measures, they said Friday.

The agreement allows for a 6.1 to 8.8 percent rise over three years, depending on the growth of the Spanish economy over this period, according to a statement published by CCOO, one of the country's main unions.

Last year, the government had proposed a one percent increase, but this was rejected by unions as inadequate.

"It's the first rise since 2009," Antonio Cabrera, head of the health branch of CCOO, told AFP.

"We're going towards an increase that will mean people in the civil service will recover their lost purchasing power."

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