National police officers in front of a coronavirus vaccination center / María José López – EUROPA PRESS
The Superior Court of Justice of Catalonia (TSJC) has summoned the Generalitat to explain its vaccination plan against the coronavirus to the National Police and the Civil Guard in Catalonia, after only 15% of the agents in this community, according to union estimates – about 1,100 of the 7,300 – have received the antidote, compared to about 75% in the rest of the country and practically all of the Mossos d’Esquadra.
In a car dated April 20 to which Europa Press has had access, the Contentious-Administrative Chamber of the TSJC responds to the appeal of JUPOL – the majority union in the Police – and JUCIL – its sister brand in the Guard Civil – claiming very precautionary measures or, failing that, precautionary measures due to the delay in vaccination, a request that has been rejected.
Catalonia, the only one that does not comply
Both trade union organizations appealed to the justice before the decision to “paralyze or suspend” the vaccination plan that the representatives of the police and civil guards have been complaining about for weeks: they calculate that 15% of the workforce has been inoculated, compared to 75% in other autonomous communities; in addition, they are compared with the Mossos d’Esquadra and local police, who have already been vaccinated in “practically all”.
The Government has recognized through the Minister of Health, Carolina Darias, that Catalonia is the “only community” that has not included national police and civil guards among the recipients of the doses and, for this reason, three days ago announced that the central executive would proceed by its own means to immunize the agents.
The TSJC’s order is dated the same day, April 20, that the Government made this announcement. The magistrates allege that the trade union organizations “have not alleged or justified the special urgency that must be present so that precautionary measures can be adopted”, which is why they call for this complaint to “follow the ordinary course” which, however, “does not go to prevent a pronouncement of this Court as soon as possible “.
In this sense, it orders “to redirect the piece to the ordinary channel” and to transfer the request for a precautionary measure to the Department of Health of the Generalitat of Catalonia and the Public Prosecutor “so that they can formulate allegations that they consider convenient before 12.00 Monday, April 26, 2021 “.
Complaint for trespass
The TSJC does not impose costs and informs the parties that they can file an appeal for reconsideration within a maximum period of five days, exclusively against section two of its operative part, that is, in relation to transferring it to the Catalan administration and to the Prosecutor’s office within the referenced period of time.
JUPOL and JUCIL presented their complaint against the Generalitat of Catalonia for the crimes of administrative prevarication and against the rules of prevention of occupational risks, understanding that the Catalan administration has adopted an “arbitrary decision and without any motivation to cancel the vaccination plan” .