The supplement to Canarian workers who have been or remain in a temporary employment regulation file (ERTE) due to the COVID-19 pandemic since March 2020 and who, in addition, have not received monthly amounts higher than the minimum interprofessional salary ( SMI), set at 950 gross euros per month, received the green light yesterday at an extraordinary meeting of the Governing Council. For this supplement, which will be provided in a single payment and will benefit 51,000 families, the regional Executive will use 30 million euros from REACT-EU funds. The spokesperson, Julio Pérez, and the Minister of Economy, Knowledge and Employment, Elena Máñez, presented the agreement and highlighted the “social commitment that such a measure represents for employed workers with less income and their families.” Of those more than 51,000 beneficiaries, some 13,000 will receive the highest amount (1,100 euros) to collect a maximum of 395.5 euros per month.

Elevated by Máñez and agreed with the most representative trade union organizations, the proposal contemplates that these subsidies be processed ex officio, so it will not be necessary to submit an application or documentation by the beneficiaries. The Canary Islands Employment Service (SCE) will collect the data from the State Public Employment Service (SEPE) and, once the requirements have been verified, will decide the granting of the aid.

The amount will be higher the lower the contributory benefit. Three tranches have been set: 1,100 euros (about 13,000 people) for benefits below 395.5 euros per month; 550 for those between 395.5 and 560 euros per month (about 20,000 people), and 300 euros for benefits above 560 euros per month (about 18,600 beneficiaries). Those of lesser amount will be the first to be paid. The objective of this measure is to “reduce the economic impact on workers with lower unemployment benefits due to ERTE and who have seen their contracts temporarily suspended due to COVID-19, thereby contributing to the maintenance and protection of the employment, as well as labor rights ”.

Máñez stressed that of the 84 million euros in aid from the autonomous administration for the self-employed and SMEs, 75 million have already been delivered through the Chambers of Commerce to some 11,000 companies, in just over three months, in the two open lines .

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