There is only one day left until the Extraordinary Council of Ministers in which the temporary employment regulation files (ERTE) will be extended and there is still no agreement between the Government and social agents. Specifically, between the Ministry of Inclusion, Social Security and Migration and the CEOE. The cause? The new exemptions from social quotas for companies, which have caused a cross of statements between the head of the department, José Luis Escrivá, and the president of the employer, Antonio Garamendi.
In fact, Escrivá has assured in Onda Cero that the Government is being “extraordinarily generous“with the exemptions that he has proposed in the negotiation.” Last year we ended September with a 35% bonus and now we are talking about 70%. It’s the double. And they are higher for companies that remove workers from ERTE. ”
This is an improvement over the proposal made by Social Security on Tuesday morning. In it, the idea is that until September and progressively the exemptions will be cut by a third and will remain between 55% and 45%, depending on the size of the company.
The scheme may change again. Department sources insist that contacts with employers and unions are constant, although no face-to-face meeting is planned.
On the other hand, the minister has insisted on the need to promote the reactivation of workers in ERTE “more favorable and generous” than the one that was launched last summer and that the CEOE did support. “We have about 400,000 workers left in ERTE and in life incentives are fundamental“, has defended.
Not so “small” differences
In this sense, Escrivá has affirmed that the differences with unions and employers are “small” and has been convinced that an agreement will be reached with the social agents.
Antonio Garamendi does not see it so simple. The president of the CEOE has opined, on National Radio of Spain, that the minister “seems to be in a laboratory” regarding the proposals it makes for the new extension of the ERTE and “very little in reality.”
In fact, Garamendi has remarked that Yolanda Díaz’s Ministry of Labor does understand the concern that employers and unions have and has “more sensitivity.”
In this way, he has affirmed that what they are proposing has “much less cost“than the Social Security proposal. In addition, he has challenged Escrivá to give him the data of his measurements,” because that is where the very high cost that we have had with the ERTE is located “and because” they have not received them for a year “.
“It has been widely demonstrated that our total vocation is to reach agreements and we have reached complicated agreements, like the telecommuting or the ‘riders’. We are totally overturned and the minister simply has to change is to give a little less to those who are going to activate, since it does not make sense, “according to Garamendi.