The agreement stipulates that the public administration should provide computerized remote office equipment, data cards for Internet connection, computer applications and tools, and professional training.
The Spanish government and the civil servants’ union reached an agreement on Monday, which stipulates that public administrators can work from home three days a week and enjoy the same rights and obligations as face-to-face work.
According to the signed general principles of remote work, the competent authority will be responsible for providing computer equipment for remote work, as well as data cards for the Internet connection, applications and computer tools required for its activities, as well as professional training.
As stipulated in the decree on telecommuting by public administrations approved in September last year, this form of telecommuting will be voluntary, reversible, and has the same rights and obligations as those in person.
Telecommuting will have to ensure the provision of public services and will include plans for target determination, monitoring and evaluation of compliance.
After the agreement was signed, the minister in charge of public services, Miquel Iceta, emphasized that “a safe step towards an already existing future” was emphasized and promised “due to dialogue and understanding with the union.”
Government officials emphasized that the goal of the agreement is to “promote national administration in the country, especially in areas with declining populations, to modernize work organizations and contribute to the environment by achieving goals and performance evaluations. Sustainability to promote new technologies And recognize that telecommuting is a way.”
In order to promote the presence of national authorities in areas with a wider coverage, the agreement determines that the form of telecommuting can be combined with the provision of only 10% of face-to-face services per month.
The document signed today also stipulates that, upon request and authorization, telecommuting will apply to work that can be carried out through this method, and each ministry or public agency must conduct preliminary research on positions that can be carried out through telecommuting.