Escrivá incorporates into the reform of the quotas for the self-employed improvements in their 'unemployment' due to dismissal and social protection

Social Security has formally proposed several improvements in the social protection of the self-employed in the negotiation on the reform so that the group contributes according to its “real income”. The new quota system is yet to be finalized, with differences between the negotiators on the latest proposal, with installments between 250 and 550 euros per month. Businessmen and ATA have insisted this Monday that they are "very far" from an agreement with the Government. In this context, the Ministry led by José Luis Escrivá has presented at the negotiating table this morning several measures to reinforce the protection of the group, such as the review of the so-called 'employment of the self-employed', the termination benefit due to activity. Its realization is expected in the coming days, "this week", with a new document from the Ministry.

Escrivá launches a new proposal to the self-employed: quotas between 250 and 550 euros until 2025

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"The Ministry of Inclusion, Social Security and Migration has presented a new protection scheme and has promised to propose a new proposal, in accordance with the requests made today", the Escrivá department summarized at the end of the table meeting trading this Monday.

Negotiation sources tell elDiario.es that the Ministry has not come to the dialogue table with the proposals in writing, but rather has formally transmitted them. Among them, the department of Escrivá has proposed the reform of the 'employment of the self-employed' (cessation of activity), with more modalities and circumstances in which to benefit from the benefit, as well as protection of the group in situations such as those that motivate the new ERTE of the Red Mechanism of the labor reform, according to these sources. "There are still doubts about the scope, waiting for the wording that they have committed," these sources indicate.

One measure that has become clearer is the equalization of the self-employed with the salaried in the discounts of Social Security contributions for workers who reduce their working hours and receive a benefit for caring for children with serious illnesses (the CUME).

A 'stop' by termination with more modalities

The general secretary of UPTA, an organization of self-employed workers linked to the UGT, explained at the end of the meeting that "there will be four models of cessation of activity", according to the verbal proposal of the Executive this Monday.

An “extraordinary” one, like the one that existed during the COVID pandemic and that “will become permanent in cases that require an extraordinary rescue situation”, as well as three other types of ordinary dismissal, explained Eduardo Abad.

One of the latter would allow "capitalizing the benefit for cessation of activity to be able to restart" the activity in those cases with a situation of "fragility of your business", has indicated the person in charge of UPTA.

From UATAE, the self-employed organization linked to CCOO, they demand the "written proposal" on all these measures, as they have been demanding months from the Ministry, in order to assess them.

Quotas keep entrepreneurs “very far away”

On the key to the reform, the contribution according to income, there is still a lot of uncertainty. In recent weeks, the possibility has arisen that the employers' associations and ATA, the CEOE's self-employed association, will distance themselves from an agreement. A scenario that is being avoided, since the Government's intention is to have social consensus to undertake this important reform. Everything indicates that, in case of no agreement, the Government would change your last quote offer based on “real income” until 2025 to get closer to the unions and progressive organizations UATAE and UPTA.

The employers and ATA, the organization of self-employed within the CEOE, have insisted again this Monday their rejection of the latest proposal that the Ministry raised last week. This includes quotas between a minimum of 250 euros per month, for workers with lower earnings, and 550 euros per month, in the cases of workers with higher earnings.

"We are very far from the section proposal that is on the table... We cannot accept it", reacted Lorenzo Amor, president of ATA. The reform will mean that two thirds of the self-employed pay less or the same as now, but that a third – those with earnings of more than 1,700 euros per month – contribute more to Social Security. It is about a million workers.

“The Government will send an articulated proposal this week, but if it does not come close to the proposal that we business organizations made, an agreement on our part will be very difficult,” Amor pointed out. The businessmen and ATA proposed that the self-employed with higher profits pay as much 400 euros per month in 2025.

The self-employed contribution system allows today to choose how much they contribute to Social Security, which means that 85% contribute for the minimum possible. The reform that is currently being negotiated aims, as the Toledo Pact recommended, for the self-employed to pay contributions based on what they earn and the discussion is focused on how to do it and at what pace, with the resistance of businessmen and ATA to increase the quote of people with higher earnings.

"We agree to lower the price for those who have to lower it, in that there are sections that do not touch, but we do not agree that there are a million self-employed who are going to be hacked," said Lorenzo Amor. The increase in contributions proposed until 2025 still keeps the contribution of the self-employed very far from that of employees.

On the other hand, the leader of the employer's self-employed organization is in favor of improving the social protection of the group. “There is more consensus and meeting points”, indicated Amor.

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