259 public servants fired by Spain using direct rule
Catalan administration “never worked so badly,” claim workers’ report
The Spanish government has fired 259 public servants of the Catalan administration while applying direct rule over Catalonia from October 27, 2017. This is the main outcome of a report made by an association of public workers called ServidorsCAT released on Friday. The paper also points out that 24 bodies have been suppressed, 4 more have been taken over and some 70 legislative initiatives halted, such as a bill on the work-life balance and one against gender violence. The nine high-ranking officials incarcerated and the seven in exile –including Carles Puigdemont– are also featured in the report.
The officials dismissed by the Spanish authorities include all members of the Puigdemont cabinet and workers of the Economy and Finances departments. All Catalan delegations abroad save the one in Brussels were removed, therefore all of their workers also lost their jobs. The Diplocat public diplomacy council was also closed down last month, so a number of its employees were also fired.
"[The Catalan administration] does not work with normality, as the Spanish authorities’ propaganda states, while they keep it cut, monitored"
Public workers' report
In a statement, the ServidorsCAT association denounced claims that the Catalan administration “does not work with normality, as the Spanish authorities’ propaganda states, while they keep it cut, monitored.” According to these public servants, the administration has “never worked so badly.”
Direct rule over the country will in theory come to an end as soon as a new government is formed. This is what Mariano Rajoy’s executive has maintained for months. ServidorsCAT intends to release a final report on all the consequences of direct rule and hand it to the newly elected president, Quim Torra, and his future cabinet, due to be appointed in the coming days.
Also on Friday, some 200 public workers gathered in Girona for a pots-and-pans protest to demand the end of direct rule. In a manifesto, they ask Spain to stop "controlling" Catalonia's finances.