Updated Friday, September 24, 2021 – 14:46
With less than a week for the ERTE to decline, CEOE and CCOO point to the Minister of Social Security, Jos Luis Escriv, as responsible for blocking the negotiations. Social Security denies it and claims to be working on a new proposal.
The Minister of Social Security, Jos Luis Escriv yesterday, in Barcelona in a meeting with the Generalitat Alejandro GarciaEFE
The extension of the ERTEs supported by companies and unions is further away from occurring today than a week ago. The government’s negotiations with social agents to provide security for thousands of companies that employ about 250,000 workers with suspended employment have experienced a kind of blockade since yesterday and it is the unions and employers who openly state that it will be difficult to reach an agreement before next Tuesday. That day the ordinary Council of Ministers is held, which must approve the extension with the support of the social dialogue. If not, there will be room until Thursday, September 30, for an extraordinary approval. The next day, October 1, the current scheme decays.
So much CEOE as the CCOO union They have pointed in the same direction today to point out the lack of progress in the negotiation, which aims to give companies that have not yet recovered from the crisis have legal tools to avoid closing or doing massive workforce restructuring.
“There has been no global progress due to the repeated absence of the Ministry of Social Security, which is blocking the negotiating table that will make it difficult to arrive on time for the ERTE renewal,” CCOO indicated. “The absence of this ministry from the social dialogue table supposes a lack of respect for the social dialogue process itself and to the people who are with ERTE, “concluded the union led by Unai Sordo, increasingly critical of the Minister of Social Security, Jos Luis Escriv.
Entrepreneurs are on the same line. Already yesterday the atmosphere in the employers’ associations was one of discomfort with the person in charge of Social Security for his silence while, four days before the deadline for an agreement, the Ministry of Labor gave in its proposals and rectified them. With the old Ministry of Employment and Social Security divided in two, negotiators do not know if what was agreed with one party works for the other and vice versa. This morning, the CEOE president, Antonio Garamendi, wanted to draw attention to what he considers a no-no to the contributions that the entrepreneurs propose. “It is a very important issue for thousands of companies, we are talking about 270,000 jobs, and it is not very serious that we are called or submitted the papers two days ago, from here to Tuesday we must negotiate this,” he said.
Cepyme, employers of SMEs, has criticized that yesterday Thursday the Ministry of Social Security did not appear at the table. “Considering the lateness of the dates, we urge the automatic extension of the current ERTE system, which has managed to sustain these jobs during the pandemic,” he indicated. For its part, Lorenzo Love, president of the main association of autonomous workers (ATA), has considered Escriv’s absence as “a lack of respect for social dialogue.”
Asked about these criticisms, the Ministry of Social Security has indicated that it is working on a new document to present to the social partners as soon as possible. “The issues that were raised to us in previous meetings are complex and we are addressing them. In no case are we blocking the dialogue, but rather preparing a technical proposal with some of the elements that the social agents have transferred to us.”
Escriv’s initial proposal has focused the aid of the program that will begin on October 1 in linking the ERTE concession to companies that commit to training their workers with specific plans in which they must contribute resources in a co-payment method that it is part of the negotiation. The new scheme also involves a review of the exemption system from which companies and self-employed workers benefit, which the employers have not liked.
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