The Independent Trade Union Center and Civil Servants (CSIF) has demanded the recognition of early retirement at 60 years for Health personnel due to their working conditions.
Through a statement, CSIF requests this advance in retirement age taking into account the professional characteristics of certain groups of workers. In particular, they consider those who perform particularly arduous work, with effects on health, exposure to biological or chemical risks associated with the workplace. They also want consideration of the work activity carried out that have physical or mental requirements and result in a notable increase in accidents after a certain age.
In this way, Health personnel would have a similar consideration to that of other groups that already have this right recognized such as Local Police personnel.
Add change to bill currently in process
In CSIF’s opinion this change could have a place in the bill that has begun its processing in the Congress of Deputies. Additionally, it could also be in the current Social Security Law and Royal Decree 1698/2011, which regulates the general procedure general to anticipate the retirement age.
In the letter addressed to the Secretary of State for Social Security and Pensions, Israel Arroyo Martínez, the union refers to different studies that highlight the relationship of the job with the health of Health personnel.
These are studies such as those carried out by the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work and that coincide with those carried out in 2018 by the Ministry of Labor, Migration and Social Security (“Comparative Studies in Work with Turnicity”), among other scientific works. In addition, CSIF recalls these personnel “continue to absorb a large part of the COVID-19 infections detected in Spain.”
Health personnel affected by Covid-19
145,463 confirmed Covid cases in health personnel occurred up until August 26, 2021.
At the start of the pandemic, this represented 24.1% of the total number of COVID-19 cases declared to the National Epidemiological Surveillance Network (RENAVE). And if the data collected according to the new surveillance strategy since May 11, 2020 is reflected, they currently exceed the barrier of 95,000 total cases.