Nearly 10,000 people in the education sector lose their jobs every summer in Spain

Nearly 10,000 people in the education sector lose their jobs every summer in Spain
Nearly 10,000 people in the education sector lose their jobs every summer in Spain

Around 100,000 people in the education sector lose their jobs every summer in Spain, the vast majority of them being leisure monitors, auxiliary staff and academy teachers with fixed discontinuous contracts, a contractual figure prohibited by law for teachers in formal education, although “some irregularities” persist.

According to Efe, as in previous years and within the general regime, the monthly job creation in June has been widespread, but the loss of jobs in education (-51,645) stands out negatively, something that will be repeated in the next two months. These losses seek save on payrolls during the summer period.

Pedro Ocaña, the secretary of Private and Socio-educational Services of the CCOO Education Federation, explains to Efe that “in some cases it is justified; for example in the educational leisure or when urban camps and summer colonies arrive. That’s where fixed-term contracts make sense.” For the most part, he adds, “we’re not talking about teachers but above all about auxiliary companiespeople who have a fixed-term contract in line with the school year, monitors who start working in mid-September or early October.”

Also affected are the academieswhere teachers do enter, for example those who teach English classes, but in the group of teachers the discontinuous fixed It is an “illegal contract after a ruling by the National Court and is included in the collective agreements.” In the subsidized school, where the administrations are the ones that pay the salaries, the fixed discontinuous does not exist, but in the centers “completely private, irregularities continue to occur and there are those who send some of their teachers away during the summer.” In these cases, those affected do not usually report it to the courts since They intend to continue their contractual relationship during the following academic year. Despite the progress made in recent years, Ocaña believes that Labor Inspection could carry out a specific campaign during the summer period to detect irregularities.

The president of CSIF Education, Mario Gutiérrez, recalls that in 1990 -when the educational powers had not yet been transferred to the autonomous communities-the unions signed an agreement with the Ministry of Education to avoid abuses in this area, but “in 2012 the time of cuts came and the communities threw it out.” In addition to this, he stresses, “there were no calls for competitive examinations because a replacement rate was set, ignoring the fact that, regardless of whether there are oppositions, The education service had to continue to be provided, and the number of temporary workers in the sector began to rise and rise, reports Efe. From 2018, some communities began “to relax and sign agreements where temporary workers who worked full-time are automatically extended until August 31st, but We have never returned to the previous levels of five and a half months of contract extension until August.“. He also regrets that “some”, regardless of their political colour, “forget that in many cases In education we continue with the premises of 2012 and we have not recovered our rights from the previous period (ratios, teaching hours, working conditions…)”.

He concludes that in his opinion the administrations have not realized that the high rate of temporary employment – in education it exceeds 20% – It has to reach 8% by the end of this year: “Europe is forcing us to do so, otherwise there will be sanctions. It is a paradigm shift that the administrations still do not understand and continue to act in the same way.”

Héctor Adsuar, secretary of non-university public education of CCOO, also explains to Efe that temporary workers who occupy a vacancy throughout the course “in general and everywhere have guaranteed the extension of the contract and do not cause lossa, the problem is with those who They don’t have the full course, For example, someone who has joined mid-course to cover a retirement.”

Currently, he adds, almost all autonomous communities maintain contracts if they last five and a half months.

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