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Parties react (or not) to civil service demands



The CGFP got the ball rolling on a discussion of recruitment for the civil service, but most political parties deflected.Pictured: The CGFP protest demonstration at Parc Hotel Alvisse on Monday 27 November Nader Ghavami

The CGFP got the ball rolling on a discussion of recruitment for the civil service, but most political parties deflected.Pictured: The CGFP protest demonstration at Parc Hotel Alvisse on Monday 27 November Nader Ghavami

Luxembourg’s political parties have reluctantly responded to the trade union’s protest demonstration.

Earlier this week, the civil service trade union CGFP (Confédération générale de la function publique) had called on all political parties to position themselves on reforming certain elements of civil service recruitment and working conditions ahead of its next general meeting.

The CGFP is against opening up the civil service to foreign residents, and wants to abolish the so-called 80-80-90 rule for trainees. Civil service interns are currently paid 80% of the regular initial salary for their post for the first two years, and in the third year, they earn 90%. The trade union also complained that a reform of the three-year training period had been promised earlier, but has never been enacted.

LSAP and Greens: too early

Both Yves Cruchten (LSAP) and Claude Adam (Greens) have said it was too early to take a position, and the issues had to be discussed within the party first. Cruchten added that additional demands had just been published from the private sector as well.

DP: no changes

Gusty Graas (DP) told RTL on Wednesday 29 November that the salary scale for interns should not be touched, because those civil servants were not yet fully working during those three years.

CSV: reform training

Octavie Modert (CSV) said that while the salary scale was appropriate at the moment, the training exams should indeed be reformed, as had been negotiated.

Déi Lénk in favour

The Left party stands with the CGFP and David Wagner said he could never understand why savings had been made at the cost of young people.

ADR: no position

The ADR had not yet issued a statement on the CGFP position.