OUTRAGE has been sparked amongst residents and opposition political forces in Torrox following a proposal by the governing team to charge €5 to unemployed locals for access to the otherwise free public employment databases.
The proposal was included in a draft put forward by the Partido Popular (PP) governing team to be considered by the opposition, made up of the PSOE (Socialist Party), left-wing party Izquierda Unida (IU), Fusin de Ciudadanos Independients and Torrox Unido.
According to the Mayor, Oscar Medina, the proposal was in fact created by public servants, to prevent jobless people from gaining access to certain databases for which they had no qualification at all.
Socialist representative Juanma Cortes described the proposal as ‘indecent’ and ‘lacking in any sensitivity to the trauma of unemployment.”
“Ascertaining whether a person is qualified for a certain job or not can be done and is being done in other towns without charging those who have the least,” he said.
On the other hand, the Deputy Mayor of Torrox defended the party saying that the proposal was suggested by public servants without any collaboration with the governing team and that the PP already warned them that it would not be considered for approval.