SIGN THIS PETITION SO THAT HUNDREDS OF SCIENTISTS DON’T LOSE THEIR JOB FOR A LEGAL ERROR
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SPANISH SCIENTISTS FIGHT THEIR BIGGEST CHALLENGES OUTSIDE THE LABORATORY: SIGN THIS PETITION SO THAT HUNDREDS OF SCIENTISTS DON’T LOSE THEIR JOB FOR A LEGAL ERROR
The structure of the most leading research centers in Spain, such as the CNIC and the CNIO, is based on the mobility of their researchers. They are public centers, but their staff are not civil servants and are typically employed with recurring short-term contracts. This has caused hundreds of leading scientists in Spain to fall into legal limbo today, which is putting their jobs at stake.
Why are they in this situation? On one hand, non-temporary staff contracts are restricted in public centers since the outbreak of the crisis in 2012. On the other, short-term contracts where researchers are hired as part of a project will not be allowed by the new provision 34 of the General Budget Law of the State for 2017. This new provision prohibits the concatenation of temporary contracts and establishes as guarantors of their fulfillment those responsible for contracting with their own assets.
In these circumstances, the contracts of 110 people between CNIC and CNIO will finish from September to December, with 250 more in February and will continue in waves in the coming months. If we consider that the staff count of the CNIC and CNIO are respectively 450 and 400 people and the temporary contracts are 73-70% of its research staff, these hundreds of dismissals represent a major blow to the operation of these research centers.
These centers typically hire highly qualified researchers who become very difficult to substitute. If this retention issue is not resolved, it will now have dramatic consequences, compromising the future of science and research in Spain.
Sign this petition, addressed to the Ministry of Economy, Industry and Competitiveness of Spain to resolve the legal issue, and so scientists have the same rights to a long-term contract as any other worker.
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