Social Security has reached a pre-agreement with the self-employed organizations ATA, UPTA and UATAE to extend the aid to the group for cessation or reduction of their activity until next January 31, according to the president of ATA, Lorenzo Amor, and they confirm Executive sources to elDiario.es. The groups of self-employed workers and the Ministry headed by José Luis Escrivá coincide in the latest official proposal, which proposes recovering the extraordinary benefit for cessation of activity (the so-called extraordinary ‘strike’ that was created during the pandemic) in certain situations, as well as to extend and make more flexible the ordinary benefit and an extension for the unemployment aid created for the seasonal self-employed.
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It is a “preliminary agreement” because the parties are still closing “the last fringes”, they explain in the Ministry and in the organizations of the self-employed. In UATAE they have asked Social Security for several modifications to the last document, which they hope will be taken care of and until the afternoon they will not confirm if they finally endorse the aid or not, they specify in this medium.
The Government has responded to one of the main requests of the three associations: the recovery of the extraordinary benefit for cessation of activity given the rise in outbreaks. While waiting for the fine print of the agreement to be closed, in ATA they explain that Social Security has proposed to recover the extraordinary ‘unemployment’ in three situations. First of all, if businesses have to close due to administrative decisions to stop contagion. In this case, the benefit would be 50% of the minimum contribution base, they point out in UATAE, which represents a percentage reduction with respect to the aid in the first wave of coronavirus (70%) but the reference is also taken as minimum base and not for the one for which each self-employed contributes, they stand out in the organization. According to ATA, “the month of fact causing and the following month” will be exempted from listing.
Secondly, the self-employed who have had a 75% decrease in their billing base who do not have the minimum contribution period, will be able to benefit from the extraordinary benefit, so workers who benefit from the rate will be eligible for the aid. flat and those less than 12 months old. This benefit will be “compatible with the activity provided that the remuneration does not exceed the SMI”, they indicate in the group of self-employed. Finally, the possibility of accessing the extraordinary benefit to the moonlighting self-employed is enabled, “provided that the sum of both salaries does not exceed 2.2 times the SMI”.
The parties have also agreed to extend and make more flexible the ordinary benefit for cessation of activity approved last June, so that “those who have exhausted the period that corresponds to them are extended until January 31”, they indicate in ATA, which they highlight that “It is allowed to access the aid to the self-employed in multiple activities”, on the condition that their salaries do not exceed 2.2 times the minimum wage. As for the temporary help created for the so-called seasonal freelancers, and the wait to see the details, it is also extended until January 31.