The government's diploma on the thawing of special careers, which includes military, judges and police, and which provides for the recovery of 70% of the time of service relevant to the progression, was published this Monday in Diário da República. Teachers who want to have until June 30 to request phasing to the services of the Ministry of Education.
The decree-law – promulgated by the President of the Republic last week – will take effect on Tuesday.
Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa stated in a note posted on the Presidency's website that "given that this decree-law is a complement to Decree-Law no. 36/2019 of March 16, and that very specific matters of the Armed Forces must be versed in a diploma of application, the President of the Republic promulgated the government's diploma which, in his opinion, mitigates the effects of the freeze on careers, posts or categories in which the progression depends on the course of a certain period of service of service". The diploma was approved by the Government on April 4 in the Council of Ministers.
The proposal, which integrates a solution identical to that of teachers, establishes that for career workers, positions or categories, integrated in special bodies, where the progression and change of remuneration position depends on the length of service, it is accounted for "70% of the module of the standard time ".
Roads were frozen between 2011 and 2017.
The standard time module corresponds to 10 years, since, as a rule, in general careers, 10 points are required in the performance evaluation to change of step, with seven years of freezing corresponding to 70% of the progression module according to the explanations of the executive.
The Government's diploma defines that, for special careers whose progression depends on length of service, as is the case of the military, security forces or judges, this module is calculated by category, position or rank corresponding to the average length of service necessary for progression.
For example, in the case of teachers who generally change levels every four years, the recognition of 70% of the standard time module resulted in two years, nine months and 18 days. For careers whose progression occurs every three years, the recognized time will thus be lower.
In addition, for workers who were promoted during the seven-year freeze, "a period of time commensurate with what they had frozen in their current rank or pay position is accounted for." That is, the service time considered for career progression will be lower in the cases of workers who had promotions between 2011 and 2017.
In the explanatory statement, the Government argues that the solution found "mitigates the effects of the seven-year freeze without compromising fiscal sustainability".
According to data released by the executive, the recovery of 70% of the length of service required for the progression of special careers will cost the state 240 million euros per year from 2021.
In 2019, the Government estimates an impact of 40 million euros, which should cover 60 thousand workers.
The phasing provided for in the diploma released this Monday divides the progression by three moments – June 1, 2019, June 1, 2020 and June 1, 2021. And this modality is also available to teachers who find it more advantageous. Thus, teachers who want to have until 30 June to request this phasing to the services of the Ministry of Education.
This year, the Government estimates that 30,000 teachers will progress. Without this possibility of phasing, only 13 thousand teachers would progress and thus another 17 thousand can jump in step.
This will imply a cost of 140 million euros in 2020, which will add another 100 million euros in 2021, totaling in that year the 240 million that will be the permanent impact of the measure.
Teachers account for almost all of the expenditure, costing more than € 190 million out of the total € 240 million, which means that the impact of time counting on military personnel from the Armed Forces and GNR, magistrates and bailiffs will be of just over 40 million euros.