Los privilegios de los funcionarios, en revisin. SUR.es
Had no idea they got all this!
I have friends who are Spanish air traffic controllers, one has left the profession and returned to being a pilot, the others have had to take a 40% cut in wages.It does make you wonder how and why and for how much longer is it all sustainable. Its like the Spanish air traffic controllers, they get 4 times more than they do in the UK (I've heard).
I've got a friend who is ATC in Gib and he apparently is on UK pay????!!! But I think during the last strike fiasco (if memory serves that was about hours rather than pay!), the ATC got so little sympathy that yes, they had to take a cut??!!I have friends who are Spanish air traffic controllers, one has left the profession and returned to being a pilot, the others have had to take a 40% cut in wages.
The article isn't bout ATCs, it's about public sector workers. In a lot of cases benefits in kind help compensate for low wages and are often tax deductible. They have all had their wages cut in the past year, some more than once.
Of course private sector workers get perks too, which are largely taken for granted. Private healthcare, company cars, meal allowances, profit-share bonuses, company credit cards (you'd be amazed what some people claim on those).
One area which really does need attention is politicians' remuneration. Firstly, there are far too many of them - nearly half a million in the country as a whole, more than the combined total of doctors, police and firefighters. They can claim lavish expenses and privileges, and retire on a full pension after just seven years' service. This is one of the main concerns of the 15-M movement.
They do not go on strike because they do not believe in strikes or striking.I see. They lie down and allow their tummies to be tickled when their employers s*** on them, do they?
Not striking when there is just cause to do so is no better than striking for no good reason.
Of course, I can only speak from personal experience but I'm sure I'm not alone. I've had many a jolly night out on my colleagues' company credit cards, all charged to "travel expenses". I had free BUPA coverage, a subsidised canteen and an excellent final salary pension scheme. I also had access to a pool car for personal use at weekends.You are right about public sector workers...aka policemen, nurses, firemen and so on as well as people who sit behind desks many of them actually do a useful job too.
But I think your comments about private sector workers are too unfocused. Many private sector workers in Spain and the UK earn very little and if on temporary contracts have zero job security.
As for lavish expenses and free use of credit cards....that I doubt very much. In the UK there are quite rightly strict tax rules relating to company cars, use of expense accounts and so on and very few companies will allow free use of a company credit card.
If politicians' remuneration is one of the main concerns of 15M - why call it a 'movement' by the way? It's just another group of assorted disgruntled people which has had zero impact on real events - no wonder they have been so ineffectual.
I would rank that concern very low on a list of grievances.
Lack of central government control over regional budgets, no credible plan for growth, no real debate about Spain's future in the EU let alone the eurozone...
These are the more salient issues and no party or groupuscule has produced a credible, feasible set of policies to address these concerns.
Whilst some funcionarios are undoubtedly lying almost in a lap of luxury and are eligible for a seemingly never ending list of benefits with apparently no reasoning behind them, I'd like to take up smth that Alcalaina touched on. Funcionarios includes a vast range of occupations, not just people sitting on their butts ignoring the public that they are supposed to be serving.Los privilegios de los funcionarios, en revisin. SUR.es
Had no idea they got all this!
Gosh...you must have worked for a large and profitable company...Of course, I can only speak from personal experience but I'm sure I'm not alone. I've had many a jolly night out on my colleagues' company credit cards, all charged to "travel expenses". I had free BUPA coverage, a subsidised canteen and an excellent final salary pension scheme. I also had access to a pool car for personal use at weekends.
Regardless of what you think of 15-M, the concerns about bloated expenses and enchufismo for politicos are real. Here's just one example. A consejala in our town picks up €200 a month meal allowance, and she doesn't actually do anything! She fell out with the mayor because she failed to turn up to a meeting, but he can't sack her because then he'd lose his majority, so he's relieved her of her responsibilities. She also gets €44k a year (!) as "adviser" to the president of the PP in the Diputación de Cádiz.
El PP evita la ruptura de su grupo municipal en Alcalá de los...
As I said long ago ; Mad Max here we come !I've now come to the point where my opinion of all political parties and groupings is unprintable.
Ideas I would neverbefore have entertained for a second are now lodging in my head.
Like: the EU with its free movement of people, goods and money has impoverished ordinary working people, dislocated communities through mass migration, deprived poorer countries of many of their best and brightest people, caused a great fracturing of social cohesion, enabled governments and individuals to pile up unsustainable debt.....and has served merely to make those already wealthy even wealthier.
An evil by=product of all this has been the terrifyingly rapid growth of far-right groups in France, Holland, Austria, Greece, Scandinavia, the UK....and the people supporting these movements aren't racists or fascists, they're just ordinary working people fearful for their jobs, their public services and their children's futures.
A great crime has been committed on the people of Europe.
1984 or the political one Animal Farm