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€6,3M allocated to optimizing the functioning and conditions of the Ertzaintza

6,3 million euros destined to optimize the operation and economic conditions of the Ertzaintza

Jeickson Sulbaran

June 19, 2024 | 7:24 a.m.

Measures to improve the functioning and organization of the Ertzaintza and working conditions

The Basque Government will allocate 6,3 million to improve the functioning and organization of the Ertzaintza and the working conditions of certain groups of the Ertzaintza, such as agents between 55 and 60 years of age and those belonging to the Criminal Investigation unit.

At the press conference after the Government Council, the spokesperson for the acting Executive, Bingen Zupiria, announced that, At the proposal of the Department of Security, an agreement has been approved that modifies the working conditions of personnel at the service of the Ertzaintza. As he recalled, the last labor agreement that regulates the working conditions of the Ertzaintza dates back to 2011, but it has had specific modifications over time, and the one approved this Tuesday is the fourth to be made.

6,3 million euros destined to optimize the operation and economic conditions of the Ertzaintza

Zupiria has indicated that a series of measures are being introduced that aim to improve the functioning and organization of the Ertzaintza and also improve the working conditions of certain groups of the Basque Police. Specifically, it is aimed at agents who, between the ages of 55 and 60, wish to begin modulating their professional activity for reasons of age.

New remuneration conditions for the criminal investigation unit

Likewise, there are a series of agreements aimed at the criminal investigation unit in which some 1800 ertzainas work and, as Zupiria detailed, It seeks to improve its remuneration conditions to ensure "the proper functioning" of this unit. These improvements not only seek to increase efficiency, but also recognize the hard work and dedication of these agents in their daily work.

Thirdly, he specified that, with this agreement, aspects are also addressed to advance gender equality and co-responsibility in the care of sons and daughters. YesThis is an important step to promote greater equity within the police force and ensure that all agents, regardless of gender, have the same opportunities and working conditions.

Criticism from unions for lack of consultation in decision-making

For its part, the Ertzaintza Trade Union Unit has criticized that the Basque Government "has not counted" on them when modifying the working conditions of the Basque police, with measures adopted "unilaterally and forgetting about the majority of the agents." The unions ERNE, ESAN and SIPE have criticized this modification of the Ertzaintza Regulatory Agreement in a statement and have reproached, among other things, which will prevent "more than 300 Intelligence, General Secretariat, Coordination, Schengen and technical office agents" from accessing a salary supplement.

For this reason, they have warned that they will request through court that it be changed "in order to extend the complement to the rest of the specialists." This situation highlights the need for a more open and participatory dialogue between the Government and the unions to avoid tensions and ensure that the decisions taken benefit all those involved.

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