The ERTE expire on September 30, so their extension is being negotiated, but they also do aid for the ‘unemployment’ of the self-employed created for the pandemic crisis. The Social Security has met this Wednesday with the self-employed groups to discuss the future of their aid, which last month received just over 226,000 self-employed workers. The Ministry led by José Luis Escrivá has proposed the abolition of one of the four benefits that currently exist, the extraordinary one for low-income self-employed, which is the one that adds the most beneficiaries. Some 141,000 workers on the last payroll. To these, the Social Security would exempt the quota in the coming months, explain sources of the negotiation.
These are the ‘unemployment’ aid for the self-employed and the savings in their fees until September 30
The initial plan of the Government, communicated this Wednesday to ATA, UATAE and UPTA, would therefore maintain three of the four existing aid until September 30. Although the extension date has not yet been fully specified, it usually coincides with that of the ERTE, which the Executive proposes to extend until January 31.
Thus, the three ‘unemployment’ aid due to the pandemic that would be extended are the benefit for suspension of activity, intended for those who cannot open their businesses due to restrictions due to the pandemic, which in August charged 600 people. Second, the benefit compatible with the activity, for those self-employed who have seen their activity greatly reduced and meet the minimum contribution required, of 83,500 beneficiaries last month. And finally, the benefit for low-income seasonal self-employed workers, who received 825 workers in August.
End to the ‘strike’ for some 140,000 self-employed
The feature that would be eliminated is created in october last year for the self-employed with low incomes who did not meet the requirements to access the benefit compatible with the activity, or the benefit for ordinary termination (the ‘unemployment of the self-employed’ prior to the pandemic). In the last payroll of August, 141,000 self-employed workers received help.
The Ministry has stated that in the current context, of eliminating restrictions due to the pandemic, the objective becomes the reactivation of the self-employed who are receiving these benefits, so it is proposed to help the group with an exemption in the quotas in the next months.
The fear of the Government is to pay for businesses with difficulties unrelated to the pandemic, explain sources of the negotiation. Currently, the number of self-employed who collect extraordinary unemployment benefits is almost equal to that of workers protected in ERTE. For its part, employment withstood the crisis due to the pandemic better than in the self-employed regime in that of salaried workers, and for months the number of self-employed workers exceeded pre-pandemic levels.