With the negotiation of the future of the ERTE beyond this month as a backdrop, the closing of the Ceim general assembly has today become the stage chosen by Madrid businessmen to launch an SOS to the whole society on the seriousness of the crisis that the country is going through and the harsh consequences that it may have. Also to ask the Government for a package of measures to prevent the already damaged business fabric from decomposing at the stroke of outbreaks. Faced with this “national emergency” scenario, Miguel Garrido, president of Ceim, has appealed to the whole of society: Our future is at stake. We must act with responsibility and high-mindedness », said.
Without wanting to remove “not a bit” from the drama that the current scenario deserves, Garrido put on the table a battery of measures that would help weather the current situation and among which is included the “Facilitate the restructuring of companies’ capacity”. As he explained, extending the ERTE sine die may not only not be a situation, but it could even in some cases “aggravate the problem” in companies that have already found that their demand is going to be much weaker for a long period of time. longer than expected in March. The Madrid businessmen’s proposal is for Fogasa to take over 50% of the cost of severance pay when necessary to enable the companies to be viable.
He also claims extend the ICO credit gap and greater amortization flexibility, as well as canceling the privileges of public administrations in bankruptcy proceedings. Another of the proposals is to reimpose the contract for the launch of a new activity, with a duration of three years, which, according to Garrido, is justified by the “exponential multiplication of economic unknowns and uncertainties, unrelated to market circumstances.”
The president of Ceim has also highlighted the importance of applying tax breaks, in line with already announced by the president of the Community of Madrid, Isabel Ayuso. “The extraordinary situation we are experiencing requires a decisive reduction in the tax burden that companies bear to promote the boost that the economy needs at a time of recession like the one we find ourselves in,” he said.
Another complaint arises from the analysis of the crisis management made in Germany. Madrid businessmen have asked to establish the so-called “Kurzerbeit”, which is based on reduced working hours and wages and on investing in training for workers. “It is essential to provide all employees affected by ERTEs with the right to undertake training and professional requalification actions to promote their employability and adapt them to the new situation,” said the president of Ceim.
CEOE claims to know the cost of ERTE
Garrido’s intervention was preceded by the speech of the CEOE president, Antonio Garamendi, who has not hesitated to send a message to the Government regarding the negotiation on the future of force majeure ERTE and has demanded know the cost detail of this scheme, both in benefits and in Social Security bonuses. «It is very difficult to sit down at the table if we do not know what the real cost of these ERTEs. Information is missing ”, he warned. The high cost to public coffers, some sources explain, is one of the arguments used by the Government at the tripartite table to justify limiting this umbrella to only some companies.
Garamendi has also asked the Executive not to sit at the negotiating table only to make proposals, but also to listen to the other party. At this point he has criticized the way in which the telework regulation, a project that, according to sources from the Ministry of Labor, will see the light this month. “They want to legislate teleworking as something ordinary through what is an extraordinary situation,” he criticized.
“There will not be 33% of people teleworking in an ordinary way. The companies do not want it and the workers do not want it ”, he said. “We do not want to go quickly in something that requires measure and to want to introduce changes in the labor reform via this regulation.” He has also insisted on the seriousness of making announcements about the labor reform. “That we have the legal uncertainty of not knowing how we are going to work, if they are going to change one rule or another and more with which it is raining is to go in the opposite direction” has settled.