The Ministry of Public Function and Territorial Policy has reached an agreement with CSIF, CCOO, UGT and CIG to develop telework in the General State Administration (AGE), which will allow the workforce work remotely voluntarily three days a week, while the remaining two days will be face-to-face. The agreement, signed this Monday after five months of negotiation, will potentially affect 230,395 people at the service of ministries, autonomous bodies and state agencies, among others.
According to the signed text, teleworking in the AGE will be voluntary and reversible and will always be subject to guaranteeing the face-to-face provision of services to citizens. However, authorize “forcibly” in exceptional situations of force majeure that imply a restriction of mobility, as happened last winter with the storm Filomena or during confinement.
Once the normative agreement enters into force, each department, after negotiation with the unions, will carry out a preliminary study of the positions that can be carried out by teleworking according to the tasks. For each position will be identified work objectives and their fulfillment will be evaluated, according to general negotiated criteria, establishing a fixed schedule of availability and location.
The teleworking shift will be the one that corresponds to each public employee in accordance with the work calendar and the instructions for the shift and hours, and the existence of a fixed schedule of availability and location within the working day, as well as mechanisms of control for its fulfillment, such as the signing, and monitoring of the management and tasks entrusted to the previously set objectives.
This modality will not be applied to military personnel of the Armed Forces, State Security Forces and Bodies, personnel assigned to health establishments, educational centers or teaching support centers, or to judges, magistrates, prosecutors and other civil servants in the service. of the Administration of Justice. These groups will be governed, where appropriate, by their specific regulations on teleworking.
In addition, for the first time in the history of the AGE, a system of access to telework will be established through public calls at least once a year. This modality can also be accessed through permanent application management systems.
In any case, applicants must be in active service and prove a minimum seniority of one year in the position and unit, without prejudice to the requirements that they must meet for the performance of the functions in this type of work, which must be public. .
The authorization must require the prior report of the hierarchical superior and its refusal must be motivated, without the mere fulfillment of the requirements for access to the call presupposing the concession.
The agreement reached between the Civil Service and the unions guarantees equal rights for the teleworker of the AGE regarding the face-to-face modality, including remuneration, work time, training or professional career, in addition to the right to privacy and digital disconnection.
The Administration will have to provide the computer equipment with data cards and the applications, office automation and cybersecurity tools necessary for the remote work activity, together with the specific technical training, prevention of occupational risks (prevention of stress or social isolation) and data protection.
One of the main novelties contemplated in the agreement is the promotion of remote work to improve the coverage of services to citizens in emptied Spain, as well as in positions that are difficult to cover due to the high cost of living.
In these cases, a provision of face-to-face services may be established by at least 10% per month, so that you can work remotely 20 out of 22 working days.
In the access to telework in the AGE, victims of gender violence, disability, other health reasons, or terrorism will also be taken into account.
The conditions for the provision of services under the telework modality for the applicant and the specific position will be included in a model of ‘telework agreement’, which must include the conditions for the provision of the service: telework and face-to-face sessions; schedule of availability, tasks, objectives, evaluation criteria, location or duration of the authorization, reference to the causes of suspension and revocation, as well as the possible conditions for its extension, which will not exceed in total a maximum time of two years for the general modality.
The teleworking agreement may be renounced or revoked and subject to modification, with the prior agreement of the parties. In any case, the public employee must communicate any modification that occurs in their employment situation.
CSIF has entered into the agreement considering that it considerably improves the working conditions of the workforce, guarantees the equal access, the objectivity of the criteria to be applied and the transparency in the management, the reduction of travel time or energy savings, and the improvement in the organization of work, guaranteeing in any case the provision of services to the public.
Miguel Borra’s union has assured that it will continue to ensure that this agreement is implemented in all the departments of the State Administration.
The Federation of Public Services of UGT, for its part, has described the agreement as “historic”, as it will allow to regulate telework in the AGE with “transparency, objectivity and stability”.