Blow on the table of the bosses CEOE, Cepyme and ATA. Businessmen have exploded against the Minister of Social Security, José Luis Escrivá, for the negotiations behind his back of the reform of the contributions of the self-employed during the last weeks. The employers stressed this Wednesday in a joint statement that they have not maintained any type of contact with the representatives of the ministry that Escrivá directs since
the last official meeting on February 28. Nor have they received any new proposal or contribution tables other than the one officially sent to all social agents.
After the information published regarding progress regarding a new proposal for the contribution system, the business organizations made it clear that they have not participated in any meeting or conversation.
"If these negotiations or informal contacts exist, neither CEOE, nor Cepyme, nor ATA have participated in them," they settled in the note sent to the media.
Although Ministry sources insist on denying to ABC that they are negotiating any proposal, self-employed associations such as Uatae or UPTA confirm these contacts. Uatae sources admitted to Onda Madrid that a "last proposal" was sent to them from Social Security earlier this week. From other organizations, such as UPTA, they admit to having conversations "daily" with spokespersons for the ministry, but they deny having received a firm proposal. “We have continued to negotiate remotely with the ministry, but everything has revolved around our initial proposal. The Government has not sent us any table or new proposal. We are glad that CEOE presents its own proposal, it means acknowledging that they do not like the current system," said the president of UPTA, Eduardo Abad, in statements to ABC.
Despite the lack of formal meetings, business organizations have decided to transfer their own proposal to reform the self-employment regime to the Ministry of Social Security. The initiative presented by CEOE, Cepyme and ATA is based on 12 yield quotation tranches and a table of progressive quotas for the next three years. The figures are based on a rise in the minimum base by tranches from 2023 to 2025, the year in which they would be reviewed again.
The scheme proposed by the businessmen begins with a minimum fee of 205 euros that is maintained for the three years indicated if the net returns are equal to or less than 700 euros per month. In the highest section -with net yields greater than 3,620 euros per month-, the minimum fee is set at 329.7 euros in 2023, 365 euros in 2024 and 400.4 euros in 2025.
Thus, up to an income of 1,300 euros, the Government's proposal presented on February 28 remains almost unchanged, with the exception of the minimum bases of the third tranche (from 900 euros to the minimum interprofessional salary) and the fourth tranche (from the SMI to 1,300 euros), which would rise to 960.6 euros and 1,150 euros, respectively.
The terms of the proposal that self-employed companies, religious and collaborating family members, without income, with losses or income below the SMI, be placed in the third tranche and pay a fee of 264.55 euros are also respected. This supposes a reduction on the current fee corresponding to the minimum contribution base in force.
Another modification proposed by employers is that the self-employed with incomes above the SMI and up to 1,500 euros -for which a minimum contribution base of 1,150 euros is set-, would not see their quota increased in the next three years.
CEOE, Cepyme and ATA make it clear that they understand real income to be net income -income minus expenses- plus Social Security contributions and minus the percentage of expenses agreed based on the type of self-employed.