The end of the tug of war between the Government and social agents for the extension of the ERTE derived from the Covid-19 crisis is closer than ever. After several days of blockade, this Wednesday the employer reached a principle of agreement with the Ministry of Social Security, which was blocking the text for its attempt to reform the design of the exemptions to companies subject to an ERTE. Negotiation sources confirm this preliminary agreement, which will have to be ratified in a meeting between the Executive, unions and employers on the afternoon of this Wednesday.
The disagreement between Escrivá, on the one hand, and trade unions and employers, on the other, regarding the exemptions in the fees to be paid by their employees from which the companies benefit from ERTE is the one that has kept the agreement blocked in the last days. The owner of Social Security advocates rreduce the exemptions to companies that keep workers in ERTE and give priority to those that are reincorporating employees to the activity. And businessmen and union centrals are categorically opposed, in this matter with the support of the Minister of Labor, Yolanda Díaz.
Nevertheless, the Government redoubled its pulse on Tuesday and it did not give in to pressure from the employers to approve the extension in the Council of Ministers that day without reforming the exemption system. And this Wednesday, sources close to Escrivá were convinced that there would be an agreement with the CEOE and the unions, although they were not inclined to give in.
Still the details of this pre-agreement are not known reached between the employer and the Ministry of Social Security. The Executive Committee of the CEOE will meet this Wednesday at 6:00 p.m. to analyze and vote on the text, and will report on the details at the end of this meeting. The unions, for their part, have not yet spoken out either.
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