The Government and public administration unions are back today at the negotiating table at the Ministry of Finance to discuss the measures to be included in the State Budget for 2019 (OE2019), including wage increases.
Prime Minister António Costa has already said in an interview with TVI on Monday that the financial margin available to increase the civil service in 2019 should be concentrated on lower wages, but unions advocate an upgrade for all workers.
The increases for the civil service are also being negotiated between the Government, BE, PCP and ENP and, in the initial proposals that the executive presented to the parties, the values vary between five and around 35 euros depending on the universe of workers covered, confirmed Lusa sources on Monday.
For the start of negotiations, the Government took three possible scenarios, one of which was an increase of five euros for all civil servants.
The value should be fixed (not percentage), rising as the universe of workers covered shrinks, giving priority to the lower salaries, being able to reach an increase of around 35 euros.
According to several reports, the total financial margin for increases in 2019 will thus be around 50 million euros.
The proposals fall far short of what is required by the three union structures, which demand increases of between 3% and 4% for all workers, since civil servants have not been increased since 2009 by the government of José Sócrates.
At today's meetings, both the Trade Union Front led by the State Technical Staff Union (STE), the CGTP Common Front or the Federation of Public Administration Unions (FESAP) will demand increases for all workers next year.
The STE calls for an increase in remuneration of 3%, FESAP of 3.5% and the Common Front of 4% with the guarantee of a minimum increase of 60 euros.
The replacement of the three days of vacations eliminated in 2014, the increase of the food subsidy, the reduction of the discounts to the ADSE or the revision of the supplements are other matters claimed by the unions.
The first round of negotiations on OE2019 was held on 20 September and no government proposal was submitted to the trade unions.