After the President of the Republic, Laurentino Cortizo, vetoed Bill 726, which creates the Negotiable Certificate for the Payment of Seniority Premium for Public Servants (CEPPAN), the National Federation of Public Servants (Fenasep) agreed with this decision since they do not see benefit from this project.
According to the general secretary of Fenasep, Alejandro Haynes, the payment of the seniority premium must be in cash and for this it is necessary that the governmental institutions make the adjustments that allow them to obtain the budget to make said payments in the future.
“We are not upset by the veto, because we have been proclaiming the fact that it cannot be that each government that is going to settle debts with the public sector, the only option that they consider necessary is the negotiable certificate”, he said when assuring that they have already had experience with this type of initiatives such as Cepadem, Cerdem (both Thirteenth Month Negotiable Payment Certificates) and none have been viable.
He said that if this project had been approved, the workers would be condemned to the fact that the payment of the seniority premium would always be given through a negotiable certificate, so that if a worker retires within 20 or 30 years, the only alternative according to this project of law is the certificate, causing in the end that they lose acquired benefits and money of the worker.
The official announced that, due to the fact that this project will be debated again in the Assembly, they are preparing a march to the legislative chamber to make their voices heard and that this time the deputies take the workers into account to make the pertinent modifications.
“We are already preparing to make a massive march and not to the presidency of the Republic but to the Assembly of Deputies; We want to participate because the Assembly has already scored a goal for us, they woke us up early with this bill, because they did not announce to our Federation that it was going to be discussed in the first, second, and third debates, and they did it early morning style,” he warned.
He pointed out that it is important that the government approve a law that benefits officials, but that payments are also established from this government and the responsibility is not left to future administrations.