The Minister of Inclusion, Social Security and Migrations, José Luis Escrivá, this Sunday in Barcelona.EFE
The Government has presented this Sunday to the social agents a new scheme to extend the temporary employment regulation files (ERTE) due to the coronavirus. The plan offers higher Social Security exemptions for companies that provide training to workers suspended from employment, UGT sources have indicated to Europa Press. Specifically, during an “emergency” meeting held in the afternoon, the Executive has offered, within the ERTE of activity limitation, exemptions of 20% for companies with more than 10 workers that do not offer training to their employees and 50 % if they give training actions. For the smallest companies, with less than 10 workers, these exemptions would reach 50% without training and 70% with training. In the ERTE of activity impediment, the exemptions for all companies would always be 100%.
The Ministry of Inclusion, Social Security and Migration defends that, if extended under current conditions, many sectors would be left out of temporary layoff schemes because activity has recovered. “Given that some workers have been out of the labor market since the beginning of the pandemic, we believe that it is more necessary than ever to bet on training,” say sources from the department headed by José Luis Escrivá, who is committed to seeking formulas that open the way to link “permanently” the ERTE with the training of workers.
The Government’s proposal is that, in order to qualify for the exemptions in their fees, companies with between 10 and 49 employees dedicate a minimum of 30 hours to training activities. For those with 50 or more employees, this requirement would be raised to 40 hours. For this, the credit contemplated in the law of the vocational training system for employment, which is nourished by the contributions of companies and workers to Social Security, would have to be increased.
The system does not convince the CEOE and Cepyme employers. In fact, business sources point to exemptions as the great stumbling block that is preventing an agreement from being reached. The unions agree, who do not see with good eyes linking ERTE to training at this time. The measure was designed for the structural mechanism that will replace temporary ERTEs by covid once the pandemic is overcome and is being negotiated within the framework of the labor reform. “The urgency of this extension will prevent the implementation [este sistema] with sufficient guarantees ”, they indicate in UGT. Both employers and unions complained this week that Inclusión had not detailed its proposal.
“From the Ministry of Inclusion we consider it essential to link the ERTE with public aid for the training of workers,” insist the sources of that department. “Given the technical difficulties that have arisen both from companies and from employment services,” they add, “we propose to give one month from the renewal of the ERTE so that the necessary technical work can be carried out to present the plans of training”.
The current ERTE scheme for covid expires this month. That has put the spotlight on the Council of Ministers next Tuesday, the last one scheduled before the current extension expires. The fact that the Executive wants to propose changes in the conditions to take advantage of the measure has generated concern in many companies, which have revealed alternative plans such as preparing files for temporary dismissals not based on the pandemic situation but on traditional economic, technical, organizational or production (known by the acronym ETOP).
To avoid this circumstance, the idea that the executive is considering is to extend only one month the ERTE covid under current conditions (although companies would have to reapply to use them as in the previous extensions) and then between November 1 and on January 31 a new extension is applied with files already linked to company training plans. The unions propose that, if so, the second extension be at least until March 31, 2022, to allow time to deploy the positive effects of the training plans. This Monday a new meeting of the Executive with the social agents has been scheduled to try to close an agreement.