According to the opposition spokesman, Raúl Valerio Medina (PSOE), the plan to save money in Bigastro by dismissing 30 council workers has backfired. He says that the council will be forced to pay 100,000 Euros to ten of the employees for unfair dismissal.
This sum includes 68,000 Euros for 8 cleaners and 20,000 Euros for teachers from the Adult School who passed the selection process but had their contracts terminated before classes began.
The socialist says that, even more worrisome, is the fact that there are 11 more cases in the pipeline which could well result in more pay offs. The sums include not only the compensation according to the time the people had worked as permanent staff but also the wages due from the time they were dismissed to the date of the court ruling.
Of course there are times when you have to spend money to save money. In this case, the long term saving in the wages bill was the goal of the ruling parties. Still, I don’t suppose they counted on having to pay out such large sums to achieve their aim.