Spanish trade unions announced that they have entered into an agreement with the government to raise wages on civil servants. It will be the first wage increase since 2009, as the crisis has prompted draconian measures to be tightened. The agreement provides for an increase from 6.1% to 8.8% over three years, according to the country’s economic growth for that period.
The salaries of civil servants were completely frozen from 2010 to 2015, and tens of thousands of jobs in the central administration, army, justice, public health and other sectors were closed.
Last year, the government had proposed a one percent increase, but this was rejected by unions as inadequate. The civil servants lost between 11% and 23% of their purchasing power during the crisis, the hardest-hit working in the health sector.
Still, in 2017, the minimum wage rose eight percent, the strongest increase in 30 years, and by 4% this year, with the aim of reaching 992 EUR (1,223 USD) in 2020.
Spain, which is the fourth economy in the Eurozone, ended in 2017 with an increase in gross domestic product of 3.1%, and this was the third year of economic growth exceeding 3%.