The Public State Employment Service (SEPE) has recognized and paid in 33 days – since March 27, when the simplified model of the temporary employment regulation file (ERTE) was approved – to 3.3 million beneficiaries of benefits for unemployment, indicated this Friday the Minister of Labor, Yolanda Díaz.
Díaz, who took part this Friday in a telematic act of the New Economy Forum that had as a guest the director general of the International Labor Organization (ILO), Guy Rider, responded thus, when asked about the delays in the payment of benefits to those affected by temporary employment regulation files (ERTE).
He stated that “SEPE has done what it has never done in the history of Spain” and recalled that to this recognition and payment of benefits, the 2.1 million people who make up the structural unemployment, not derived from the coronavirus, are added , and who are also benefit recipients.
Regarding the situation in Catalonia, the autonomous community where the most ERTEs have been presented, he has indicated that 80% of the benefits have been recognized and paid.
He added that 46,000 cases remain to be resolved and stated that “in a few days the issue will be resolved.”
Díaz has indicated that it is true that from now on new ERTE will enter, but also many workers who were in that situation are already returning to their jobs, with the partial reopens that are taking place in some parts of Spain.
He has underlined the work of SEPE workers, whose staff has recalled suffered significant cuts during the PP government.
In this sense, he pointed out that they have even worked on holidays and “they have risked their skin so that our compatriots have an income.”
On the other hand, he said that the tripartite commission will meet next week to analyze sector by sector what needs they have at the end of the crisis, in which some will be more affected than others and that it will cost them more to return to activity , and that they will need more support and help.