The government spokesman, Íñigo Méndez de Vigo, announced on Friday that the Ministry of Finance has authorized the payment of the pending 20% extra pay for Catalan officials suspended in 2012 at the height of the budget cut.
The Government of the Generalitat has been paying the extra pay to Catalan public employees in small rates. At the end of last year, it was announced that this March the last rate will be paid. But the application of Article 155 of the constitution impeded this decision. Now the central government will activate the mechanism to authorize the payment.
Catalan officials have witnessed the tensions between central and regional governments in recent months. Before the application of Article 155 at the end of last October, the Ministry of Finance decided to intervene in the accounts of the Generalitat before the secessionist drift. Further tensions arose between both administrations to see who took charge of the payrolls of the officials. During October and November, the Generalitat paid the salaries of public employees with the remainder that remained and had not blocked the Treasury. But in December, the central government took over the payroll.
Now also the last outstanding payment to return the extra Christmas pay frozen in 2012 will be made.