Updated on Wednesday, September 22, 2021 – 11:53
Two out of every three freelancers still have not recovered their pre-pandemic activity and 75,000 will have to close down. Its main association rejects the government’s demand that companies in ERTE train their employees
SEPE office in MadridJavi Martnez
The economic recovery will be unable to add nearly 75,000 freelancers who are not optimistic about their short-term future and plan to permanently abandon their activity. It is the balance made by the Association of Autonomous Workers (ATA) of the climate of trust of this group, which is made up of more than three million professionals in Spain.
Although the number of those who declare that their business has already recovered pre-crisis levels is around one million, 67.6% have not recovered their activity and, therefore, the level of billing prior to the pandemic, and more than half of this group assures that the decrease in billing is still greater than 50%. In fact, they do not rule out having to close their business, even 7.4% say they will have to.
The president of the association, Lorenzo Love, has indicated that with these figures, taking the economic recovery for granted is premature and has linked it to the offer to renew the ERTE scheme that the Government took to the social dialogue table yesterday. According to this offer, which will be discussed throughout the week to be approved before next September 30, the ERTE scheme It will be extended until next January 31 with a new table of exemptions in the payment of Social Security contributions for companies and self-employed in problems and new conditions for those who take advantage of the plan.
Among them is the obligation of companies to activate a training plan for workers who remain with suspended employment and, also, be subject to what is called “negative administrative silence.” If the ERTE renewal request is not answered positively within 10 days of its processing, it will be considered denied.
“We are concerned about the requirement to offer a training plan linked to the ERTE because it must be taken into account that workers are with suspended employment and it should be the employment service that offers it. We do not understand that it corresponds to the self-employed or the companies propose a training plan. It is a problem, “summarized Amor.
Employers and unions will analyze throughout today the Government’s proposal to transfer their counterproposals in the coming days. Currently there more than 250,000 workers with suspended employment (They do not count as unemployed but they are not active either) and more than 200,000 self-employed persons in cessation of activity. The Government wants its new plan to discourage the permanence within the aid scheme for those who do not need it and, at the same time, it requires companies to stay inside to prepare their employees to change jobs before the possibility of it. lose next year. It is what Minister Escriv describes as “putting the focus on training.”
“The ERTEs have to be maintained for freelancers and companies with limitations and the exemptions must also be maintained,” Amor explained. of the administrative bureaucracy in the pandemic and what can happen. I do not know with what intention it is done, it is a hindrance “.
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