The Minister of Productive Development, Matías Kulfas, announced today that the modification of the regulation that establishes double compensation and the prohibition of dismissals, implemented in December 2019 and March 2020, respectively, is being evaluated. Asked about the possibility of modifying them this year (both regulations are valid until December 31), Kulfas said that “it is being evaluated and it is a possibility.”
“It is an issue that is under permanent analysis and it is likely that it will be extended or modified by another rule that stimulates job creation by generating a regulatory framework and always taking care of the most neglected sectors,” added the minister this morning in dialogue with FM Futurock.
The regulation was one of the topics on the agenda in the meeting that President Alberto Fernández held with a group of businessmen yesterday afternoon, where they agreed with the need to attract investment, “find solutions together” and generate strategies aimed at creating genuine employment. In this context, Kulfas recalled the “complicated situation” in terms of employment at the beginning of the current administration.
“169,000 jobs had been lost in the industrial sector during the previous government,” he specified, adding: “on that, the coronavirus crisis was mounted, which undoubtedly had a significant impact on employment despite the measures we took. ”. After which, Kulfas explained that in “some sectors, the ground lost in the coronavirus has already been recovered”, while in others “employment is above the start of our Government.”
“In our case, from the Ministry of Productive Development we have implemented more than 150 industrial policy measures that have allowed this sector, which was one of the sectors that fell the most in the previous government, to be today one of those that is leading the recovery ”, highlighted the official about the measures taken from his portfolio. “No one can attribute this to the tailwind or something fortuitous. On the contrary, we have not had any luck, “he said.
“There are sectors that grew a lot and very well, such as industrial and construction; and others that the recovery is only now beginning ”, he evaluated regarding the economic situation and added that, consequently,“ this makes the recovery feel in some households and, in others, it is only now beginning to be felt ”. In this sense, Kulfas remarked that in “the last weeks” there was “a clear recovery in the tourism, gastronomy and retail sectors”, sectors affected by the pandemic and reductions in mobility.
For his part, regarding the new draft Law for the Promotion of Sustainable Mobility, presented together with President Alberto Fernández and other officials and businessmen yesterday, Kulfas affirmed that the country “has to start now” with a process ” gradual ”of reconversion. “If not, when we want to make this change in the automotive fleet, we will need to spend a lot of dollars on imports and lose a very good opportunity to innovate, generate many jobs and improve the production system,” he remarked.
The law, which promotes an incentive for national manufacturing and incorporation by “consumers and the public transport system”, provides that as of 2041 no more vehicles or kilometers with a combustion engine will be sold. The benefits regime foresees, in addition to the reconversion, that the country becomes an export platform for electric vehicles for the region through the development of the entire value chain, from the production of lithium and other minerals essential for production.