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Spain to give civil servants first pay rise in 5 years

Spain's prime minister Friday promised a 1 percent pay rise for Spain's 2.5 million civil servants in the 2016 budget, their first hike in five years after public spending was reined in because of the country's economic crisis. Mariano Rajoy said the improving economy made recompense possible for the sacrifices made by civil servants. The measure comes as Rajoy's conservative Popular Party prepares for general elections by the end of the year. The party hopes the economic recovery will help stem its plunging popularity ratings in time. Rajoy said the budget to be presented to Parliament next week would also include a 0.25 percent increase in pensions. Earlier this...

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