Public Service Salaries: “There are no conditions for a 1% increase”, says minister

The Minister of Public Administration said in an interview with Antena 1 / Jornal de Negócios that the Covid-19 pandemic prevented the Government from increasing salaries in the Civil Service.

Alexandra Leitão, Minister for Modernization of the State and Public Administration | Cristina Bernardo

The Government says that "there are no conditions" to increase salaries in the Civil Service in 2021. The Minister for Administrative Modernization and Public Administration said that the Covid-19 pandemic and the ensuing economic crisis have overturned the Government's intention to increase public administration wages next year.

“If everything went smoothly, there would be conditions for a 1% cross-sectional increase, there are no such conditions. In a context in which people are losing their jobs, I think that from the point of view of solidarity among workers it would be difficult to defend a transversal increase for public service workers ”, said Alexandra Leitão in an interview with Antena 1 / Jornal de Negócios.

The minister recalled that in 2019 in the negotiations for the State Budget this year "it was found that there was a gap", but that the situation this year is "very different".

“We all understand that in the current situation in which we strive to avoid job losses, in which there is unemployment, to guarantee jobs, we cannot go beyond income protection and the base of the remuneration table to accompany the rise in the minimum wage” , said the minister.

“It is always possible for things to go better during the negotiation or within the Budget. This is what we proposed to the unions, this is what we have already talked to them about. In compliance with the rules of negotiation, the delivery of the OE was foreseen. Right now, I can't go any further, ”according to Alexandra Leitão.

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