Only the ERTE are no longer enough and it is urgent to put direct aid on the table. This is the message launched today by the Minister of Labor and Social Economy, Yolanda Díaz, during her speech in the Plenary of the Congress of Deputies to defend the validation of the decree that extends the Records of Temporary Employment Regulation (ERTE) and the self-employed aid until May 31. Díaz’s arguments are clear: the pandemic “is spreading too much in time”, which “forces us, as they are doing in other neighboring countries, to be more ambitious”, which is why direct aid for SMEs and autonomous.
The message from the Minister of Labor comes at a time when her counterpart for the Economy, Nadia Calviño, is working with the Bank of Spain and financial institutions to seek new aid for SMEs, a process that has been delayed for several weeks and is generating new tensions within the coalition. For Díaz, the new extension of the ERTEs that today will be validated in Congress, is an «emergency rule» but «circumstances have changed» and «we are entering a phase ‘posterte’ in which the pandemic is spreading too much in time ”and“ forces us, as they are doing in other neighboring countries, to be more ambitious ”.
That is why Díaz asked his colleagues “not to waver” now that there is hope for vaccination, and “defend our economy, defend our workers and our companies.” “Everything must be done so that a temporary crisis does not turn into a structural crisis,” he said. «Small companies and the self-employed have help, this crisis cannot be irremediable for anyone. It is time to make many decisions for the transformation of the country that safeguard our productive sectors and prevent the crisis from becoming chronic, “he remarked.
The extension of the temporary employment regulation files (ERTE) and the benefits for the self-employed until May 31, 2021, which has been validated today by Congress, does not present few changes but it does simplify the procedures to extend them over time, so that no new administrative authorizations will be required.
For their part, the self-employed will also have some novelties in their aid, which will be articulated in four pillars:
– The benefit for suspension of activity, aimed at all self-employed workers with a temporary suspension of all their activity by administrative decision. The amount of the benefit is 50% of the minimum contribution base, but it can be increased by 20% if the beneficiary is a member of a large family.
– The benefit compatible with activity when there is a drop in income makes the income requirement more flexible in this extension. Now all self-employed workers whose turnover in the first semester of 2021 falls by at least 50% (previously it could only be requested if the fall was greater than 75%), compared to the second semester of 2019, will be able to request this aid.
– The extraordinary benefit for those who cannot access the two previous grants, the amount of which is also 50% of the minimum contribution base (they do not have to pay Social Security contributions either).
– The benefit for seasonal freelancers is also maintained, adapting the reference period. This type of benefit is 70% of the minimum base and requires that you do not have income exceeding 6,650 euros in the first half of 2021.