The Court of Accounts has agreed to seize 49 premises of the UGT union, according to publishes this Monday El País. The goods were offered by the union central as a guarantee of the 9.74 million euros that the body claims from the workers’ organization for the open file on the case of the ERE of Andalusia. The union has appealed the file before the Court of Justice of the Court of Auditors.
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The embargo, which works as a precautionary measure, will be in force until there is a final ruling, the Court of Accounts explains to eDiario.es.
On July 15, the auditing body for the accounts and the economic management of public funds issued a liquidation act by which demands from UGT the sum of 9,745,882 euros for its alleged accounting responsibility in the irregularities of the public aid that make up the case of the ERE.
The liquidation act is issued for alleged irregularities attributed to the union as activities related to “employment regulation files processed within the scope of the Junta de Andalucía”, through aid that was not properly managed. Although the aid was designed for people affected by ERE who had difficulties in reintegration into work, they also benefited “workers who did not meet the conditions required for it,” recalls the Court of Auditors.
The UGT considers that “what specific irregularities were based” on the accusations against the union are not specified. “Neither this trade union federation, nor the Metal, Construction and Related Federation, nor any other, has received any amount that is claimed to be secured, but they have been received by the workers affected by the corresponding labor files”, reads the appeal of Challenge of the union to which El País has had access.
Despite filing the appeal and denying the accusations, the union itself offered the Court of Accounts the list of real estate for the amount claimed, according to this newspaper, as a guarantee in this file to avoid other alternatives that would further damage its activity , such as the possibility of having grants blocked and the bank accounts managed by the organization.
elDiario.es has contacted UGT to inquire about the embargo and this claim from the Court of Accounts, but has not received any comment on it.