The Government of Sánchez leaves more than 15,000 young researchers without the right to compensation




A dozen associations are on the warpath against the Government due to the precarious working conditions that the draft of the Science Law establishes for research personnel in training (predoctoral) and for those who have already completed their thesis (postdoctoral).

Specifically, they claim that More than 15,000 Spanish researchers will be left without the right that every worker has to compensation at the end of their contract. Although the new law recognizes for pre and postdoctoral contracts the right to 12 days of salary per year, it applies only to contracts that are concluded after the entry into force of the norm.

In this way, the Sánchez Executive leaves without this right the more than 15,000 young researchers – more than 10,000 predoctoral and 5,000 postdoctoral – who currently carry out their work and who already have signed contracts.

The new norm indicates in the second transitional provision. that the modifications made in articles 21 and 22 in the sections related to the recognition of compensation, that is, e and g, respectively, «will apply to contracts signed after the entry into force of this law». «It is a shame», resume Dario Badules, predoctoral staff in Administrative Law at the University of Zaragoza.

Although the regulation represents an advance with respect to its 2011 predecessor, since the latter did not provide compensation for anyone, the new draft leaves in limbo those who “carry out their work in both basic and applied science, with mileurist contracts despite the fact that, to obtain them, there is a very high competition, “they denounce in a statement.

The struggle of these researchers has been going on for a long time. The CC.OO union sued the University of Santiago de Compostela (USC) because the predoctoral contracts of the year 2013 would not receive compensation after the end of their contracts, while those from previous years were entitled to the same, says CC.OO in a statement.

The Superior Court of Justice of Galicia (TSXG) issued a ruling in 2019 in which it recognized said right, but the USC filed an appeal and, in 2020, the Supreme Court (TS) agreed with the campus, stating that there was no right to said compensation. For this reason, both in the 2021 and 2022 Budgets These young people tried to incorporate a provision in the Science Law so that they would be granted the right.

“Different groups drafted amendments to the Science Law so that the right to compensation is incorporated in view of the fact that the TS had rejected it. The two amendments proposed by the predoctoral groups were accepted by the PP, Más País or the BNG, but the PSOE and Podemos rejected them on both occasions”Says Badules.

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