The Ministry of Labor has reached a principle in agreement with the unions and the employers in the social dialogue to extend the ERTE (files of temporary employment regulation) beyond the state of alarm. Specifically, until June 30, according to advance The Country and they have confirmed eldiario.es. This limit could be extended later. Employers and unions this Friday take the pre-agreement to their management bodies.
CEOE has called its Executive Committee to a meeting at 9:00 this Friday. All the precautions are few on the part of the businessmen, who emphasize that until the result of this meeting is known, there is nothing definitive.
The employer's association is the one that has made the most buts at the beginning of the agreement that was negotiated yesterday Thursday for hours, until night. As they have publicly expressed in CEOE and Cepyme, some of the main reluctances focus on the obligation to maintain employment after ERTE, among other issues.
On the union side, the UGT will also hold a confederal committee to give its approval to the draft, as will the CCOO that will bring together its executive, reports Europa Press.
Meeting of hours until night
After several weeks of meetings, finally last night CEOE, Cepyme, CCOO and UGT reached this principle according to the Ministry of Labor after a meeting that lasted almost 12 hours between the Secretary of State for Labor, Joaquín Pérez Rey, and the representatives of the social agents.
Yesterday, a high-level meeting between union leaders and employers with several executive ministers (the one chaired by Vice President Nadia Calviño each week) had been convened at 8pm, but was suspended because this high-level dialogue table more technical had not yet reached the principle of agreement.
Calviño affirmed at the beginning of the afternoon in Congress that he hoped that the pact would be sealed on Thursday with the social agents in order to translate it into the Council of Ministers this Friday in a royal decree-law. This possibility is not completely ruled out, but it has been complicated by the times.
ERTEs to run until June
The pre-agreement reached yesterday by the parties assumes that the ERTE due to force majeure, which today declines with the state of alarm, would last until June 30 in some circumstances in which companies could not return to activity due to the COVID-19 crisis.
The extension of ERTEs by force majeure was one of the main claims of unions and employers to the Government. The social agents assured that maintaining public support for these files, which currently reach 3.1 million workers and 530,000 companies, was essential to avoid the destruction of jobs and guarantee the survival of companies at the end of the crisis. derived from the health emergency.
ERTEs allow the temporary suspension of employment contracts or the reduction of working hours for employees during the validity of the file. In the ERTE due to force majeure regulated by the Executive for this crisis, workers have the right to unemployment benefit even if they have not paid the minimum for it and, in addition, these months do not discount their right to unemployment for the future ( what is known as a 'counter to zero'). For employers, the measure supposes the exemption from the payment of social contributions: from the total for companies with less than 50 workers and 75% for companies from that number of employees.
The Government extended the advantages in unemployment benefits to the ERTE due to economic, technical, organizational or production causes (ETOP) motivated by the coronavirus crisis, although in these the companies did have to pay social security contributions to Social Security. According to the figures until April 30, these files have reached some 312.00 workers and 30,000 companies.
The Minister of Labor, Yolanda Díaz, as well as other members of the Government such as the Minister José Luis Escrivá and the Vice President of the Economy, Nadia Calviño, had already expressed their willingness to adapt the ERTE to the recovery of the economy. The key went through how far the State would continue to support this tool, which represents a decrease in Social Security income.
The preliminary agreement reached yesterday, and which may still undergo some change, also defines how the de-escalation will be carried out in the exemption of quotas to companies according to the cases and how far the most advantageous conditions in unemployment coverage will go.