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Ruling confirms Consell de Formentera upheld fundamental freedom of association

Ruling number 229/2019 of the Contentious Administrative Court number 3 of Palma de Mallorca, dated 2 September 2019, rejected claims from the UGT that the Consell de Formentera infringed on islanders’ fundamental right to associate with trade unions.

The ruling states no attempt was made by the Consell “to impede or object to Señor Mateos’ fulfilment of his duties as a union affiliate”. Hence, the end of Mateos’ temporary assignment was not related to his union activities, rather to the fact he didn’t meet terms of a job pool.

Namely, the plaintiff neglected to report for duty during a three-month trial period, claiming secondment to a trade union—unaware that the tenth term of his employment conditions stipulated that only when the trial period elapsed would his hire be complete.

The court censures the plaintiff for “not appearing for work although the employment in question figured on a list of temporary positions that were particularly important and pressing”. According to the ruling, “the plaintiff arguably misrepresented himself and violated articles 6.4 and 7 of the Spanish Civil Code”.

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Besides throwing out the plaintiff's claim that his fundamental freedom to associate with a union was infringed upon, the ruling makes clear that his right to effective legal protection was upheld.

The court found that one fundamental right of the claimant which was infringed upon was equal access to public employment. This rendered Mateo's termination as a temporary civil servant null and void.

The court reasoned that “a decision of this nature should only have come after the corresponding procedure was followed”. In that case, and in presence of the plaintiff, the defendant could have “determined whether application of the condition in question was appropriate”.

The Consell de Formentera did not pursue any meetings of the sort with the plaintiff, deeming such action incompatible with case law established under ruling 37/2017. That ruling calls for the strict application of any terms concerning discretion.

Consell legal services are looking into presenting an appeal before the High Court of Justice of the Balearic Islands (TSJIB) to revalidate the plaintiff's termination and reject his claims entirely.


9 September 2019
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

Consell de Formentera concludes maintenance and repairs at island schools

foto manteniment  1The education and island services departments of the Consell de Formentera report that summer maintenance work on local schools was completed this week in time for the return of students to class Wednesday. Operations were based on survey feedback from the school administrations, parents' associations and student councils.

CEIP Mestre Lluís Andreu
Maintenance and repair operations saw fresh paint go up in outdoor areas along carrer Porto Salé and on the metal entry doors of the school grounds. Landscaping work included mowing grass as well as pruning trees and plants. The Tramuntana building for early-childhood learning got a new coat of paint on ground-floor classrooms and hallways, holes were repaired in locker rooms and broken tiles were switched out of a fountain in the courtyard, where storage chests and garden gate doors were repaired and an out-of-service sink in the primary students' courtyard replaced. New outdoor lighting was installed, the wooden fence round the vegetable patch was mended, window panes in the wooden hut in the vegetable patch were changed and the sand in the early-childhood sandbox was raked.

Work on the Migjorn building, which houses the primary school, consisted in wrapping up a paint job on the first-floor doors, the main metal entry door, bars across windows and the cleaning door. A cracked window in a classroom was also replaced along with walls round exterior toilets, and the metallic porch structure was cleaned. Work on the climbing wall was finally completed, floor tiles were placed before the main entrance, and a faulty sink was removed.

CEIP Sant Ferran
The crew's efforts in Sant Ferran included fitting two classrooms with replacement air-conditioning units, checking and cleaning filters in prefabricated classrooms, painting inside classrooms and hallway walls and touching up paint outside. The office was equipped with a new intercom and the teachers' lounge intercom was moved next to the window. Five new wall-unit fans were installed, the school fence was checked and fixed where necessary and the wooden doors in the teachers' lounge and gymnasium were repaired.

CEIP El Pilar de la Mola
The Consell de Formentera brigade gave classrooms in la Mola a fresh paint job inside and gave exterior surfaces a touchup, too. Sections of broken fencing were replaced, repairs were conducted on the prefabricated classroom fusebox, boys' toilet urinals and the P.E. storage closet, and the grass was cut. The Consell also purchased a ping-pong table for the school.

The majority of work was paid for by the Consell maintenance brigade, but the Consell put up €845 for the ping-pong table in la Mola; the purchase and installation of air conditioners in Sant Ferran (€2,832.10) and paint for 55 doors of the Migjorn building of Col·legi Mestre Lluís Andreu (€7,927.92).

9 September 2019
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

Fibre-optic connection in every town on Formentera

fibra-o--ptica1The Department of New Technologies of the Consell de Formentera announces that with the recent completion of work in es Ca Marí, ses Bardetes and part of es Cap de Barbaria, fibre-optic connection is now a reality in every urban centre on the island.

Cosponsored by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), installation of the fibre-optic grid began in 2017, overseen by Telefónica, Teleco and the Consell de Formentera.

In April 2018, Sant Francesc became the first town on the grid; es Pujols, sa Roqueta, the industrial park, Sant Ferran, la Savina, the hospital and its immediate vicinity, es Caló, la Mola, es Ca Marí, ses Bardetes and part of es Cap de Barbaria followed in its wake, with various additional connections near urban areas.

The effort was devised, in part, to bury cabling that had previously been strung overhead.

According to new technologies councillor Vanessa Parellada, the upgrades “bring Formentera up to pace with other territories in Spain”. “Islanders in urban areas, as well as most businesses, now have a fibre-optic connection”, she said. “Next year the plan is to continue expanding to the Formentera's more remote corners.” Parellada pointed out that islanders interested in connecting to the grid should contact telephone service providers.

The second phase of the plan starts in 2020 and will see more far-flung areas of Formentera gaining access to the same grid. The removal of copper cables is also in the works.


6 September 2019
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

Consell de Formentera and Govern stake upgrades to energy model on coordination

reunio-4-1-The president of the Consell de Formentera, Alejandra Ferrer, received a visit today from the Balearic minister of energy transition and manufacturing sectors, Juan Pedro Yllanes. The first encounter of its kind, the working meeting saw Ferrer and Yllanes agreeing on the need for coordination in key areas like assuring access to government benefits related to the environment, business, and power supply and the energy transition on Formentera.

Ferrer highlighted recent glitches on the local supply of electricity that occasioned service interruptions and other incidents this summer like a fire in la Mola. “The Govern has pledged its support in getting the firm in question to conduct maintenance to pre-empt any repeats of our situation this summer”, said the president. She also underscored “the need for collaboration in areas like inspections to prevent unfair competition”.

Meeting attendees also tackled the question of the es Ca Marí electricity substation and the activation of a third power cable. Ferrer stressed the importance of analysis in order to gain a clear sense of the shape of Formentera's energy situation. That will be key, in Ferrer's words, to “seeing how we're doing, determining what's still necessary” and making sure islanders are cutting consumption and moving toward clean energy.

The regional minister asserted that on such matters, Formentera's idiosyncrasies “feature prominently on the Govern's radar”. He also pledged his ministry's unflagging support for small- and medium-sized business and held up the Govern's commitment to getting the third electricity-supply cable classified as a public-interest project in order to speed up its installation. He additionally insisted that a sound path towards energy transition locally meant “coordination between Madrid, Palma and Formentera is key”.

Others on hand at the meeting were the director general of energy for the Govern, Ferran Rosa; Formentera's councillor of housing, seniors, trade and entrepreneurship, Ana Juan; the local councillor of mobility and territory, Rafael González and the island councillor for environment and inspections, Antonio J Sanz.

4 September 2019
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

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