The State Public Employment Service (Sepe) makes water at the gates of a recession. The body is awaiting the convening 900 positions that the Government approved at the end of last year, which have been occupied by temporary interim officials.
The union that represents the largest number of civil servants in the country, Csifdemanded last year the call for 3,674 seats for Sepe, the number of public employees that the agency has lost in the last decade.
However, the Ministry of Labor, which heads Yolanda Diaz only authorized 900 places, after the crisis suffered by the Sepe during the pandemic and the situations of collapse experienced to deal with the avalanche of Ertes.
But those 900 seats they haven’t even been summoned yet, they have only been authorized, as reported by sources consulted by this newspaper in Csif, so it is foreseeable that they will not be occupied until next year by new professionals. In addition, the figure of 900 places was not endorsed by the same union that demanded the hiring of the 3,674 workers for the Sepe, considering it ridiculous.
To the serious situation of lack of personnel experienced by the officials who deal with applications for unemployment benefits and job search, is added the anticipated burden that the regularization of hundreds of thousands of domestic workersas well as the fact that in the last two years there have been retired 500 Sepe workers.
The critical situation at Sepe is such that there are even face-to-face service offices that they have no employees. According to data consulted in the Csif union, of the 711 Sepe face-to-face offices in Spain, there are seven that do not have any employees; 41 offices with only one worker, and 107 with three employees working.
“In those offices, if one of the employees cannot go, if they leave, if they get sick with Covid, how will it be possible to serve citizens?”, ask the trade union sources consulted.
“In the face of a possible recession, if what we fear comes, turn off the light and leave,” they comment. The situation of the employees of the Sepe offices is critical after two years of especially stressful work due to the pandemic. The arrival of a recession and the increase in unemployment raise fears of a collapse in unemployment care.