The local socialist group is outraged at the mayor’s attitude. Hernández and his government did not allow the debate on the urgent motion put forward by the opposition. In the motion, the Socialist Party requested the mayor and his full-time councillors to give up their Christmas bonus, to cut their salaries by 12% and to reduce the wages that the rest of councillors receive when they attend plenary sessions by 7%.
Mari Carmen Moreno stated that ‘we don’t understand Bartolomé Hernández’s refusal to debate at the plenary session the cut of their salaries by 12%’. Apart from these measures, the Socialist Party added the need for the rest of the councillors to take a cut of 7% in the wages they receive when attending plenary sessions. ‘Many city councils have already carried out similar measures’, said the socialist spokeswoman who described the mayor as being unfair and unsupportive to the citizens, who are already suffering the drastic cuts recently made single-handedly by the Popular Party.
Hernández and his full-time councillors also refused to relinquish their Christmas bonus. ‘All civil servants know they will not receive it and so, it is only fair they should also give it up, as members of the regional parliament have already done. It’s crystal clear that, as far as the mayor of Águilas is concerned, none of this is a priority’, Moreno asserted.