The largest association of self-employed in Spain, and also the most critical of the Government’s management during the crisis, will receive this year 78% less aid to promote work autonomous than the previous year. This was denounced yesterday by the president of ATA, Lorenzo Amor, whose association brings together 50% of the 3.2 million self-employed in Spain, which places it at the forefront of representation of this group.
The distribution of aid that these organizations receive is in the hands of the General Directorate of Autonomous Work, dependent on the Ministry of Labor, and they are divided into two types. On the one hand, those mentioned to promote self-employment, and on the other, those aimed at maintaining its structure. The big cut for ATA has come in the former, which are designated by a committee based on some projects presented. But not all associations have suffered the same fate. While ATA will receive 62,488 euros compared to 280,397 the previous year, UPTA, attached to UGT, and Uatae, related to CC.OO., have seen this income increase. Specifically, these two organizations will receive 225,166 and 205,062 euros, respectively, to promote self-employment.
Regarding the items destined to defray the operating expenses of the organizations, ATA is the one that receives the most, 156,521 euros, although this amount is 16% lower than in 2019, despite having grown in 2020 in structure. For its part, UPTA will enter 78,996 euros while Uatae will have 124,481 euros. A new association, Fenadismer, which will receive 10,000 euros, enters this distribution for the first time.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, ATA has been characterized by being very critical of the Government’s management. During the first state of alarm, the organization fought to obtain bonuses in the quotas for cessation of activity, due to the stoppage of the economy due to the confinement. In addition, he has now been very belligerent with the recent rise of between three and twelve euros in the contributions of the self-employed. In the environment of this association it is ensured that these harsh criticisms have finally turned into less funds and they emphasize that they will demand the review of the administrative file and that they are also studying to appeal the process once they have reviewed the documentation.
The Ministry of Labor denies any kind of political intention in the distribution of subsidies and ensures that the reduction is due to the fact that this year more associations have been presented and that the ATA itself presented fewer projects. «The total grant money, which is the same as last year, has been distributed among more organizations because more», They say. According to data from Yolanda Díaz’s ministry, this year a total of 140 organizations received a grant (between activity and operating expenses), compared to 102 in 2019 or 105 in 2018.
In addition, from the Department of Labor they insist that the committee that chooses the subsidized projects is formed “exclusively” by officials without any representative of organizations or the current ministry. And they slip that Lorenzo Amor’s organization has presented only four projects, less, they say, than in previous years.
ATA, however, paints a very different scenario. “In one of the programs we have opted for, such as the self-employed tutoring program that the association has been developing since 2012, they have given us 22,490 euros despite the fact that, in the previous six years, the figure exceeded 100,000 euros. In a year in which we have made a 900 free line available to all the self-employed through which 100,000 self-employed workers have passed. We appreciate it, however, since those 22,000 euros will help us pay, at least, the telephone bill for March and April, although the rest of the months we have to pay lungs with the solidarity fee paid by ATA associates, “they emphasize.