White smoke in the ertes of the covid . The Government , the employers and the unions have reached an agreement to extend them until September 30 . The businessmen have ratified in the board of directors this afternoon the content of the agreement and the unions have done the same.
The Executive has thus saved, as EL PERIÓDICO has been able to confirm, the pitfalls with the social agents and this Thursday the extraordinary Council of Ministers will approve a new renovation that covers the entire summer campaign and gives security to the 600,000 workers who are currently in a file of this type.
Finally, Minister José Luís Escrivá has managed to convince the employers to incorporate incentives for companies that reactivate workers in erte, at the cost of significantly improving their latest offers.
The CEOE leadership has voted yes “unanimously on the last proposal sent by the Government on the ertes, understanding that it is adapted to the needs of companies, especially for those with the worst situation and prospects for the next few months,” according to sources. of the employer.
The crux of the negotiation has been for a week in how much money employers stop paying Social Security for their workers in erte. And for them to accept the incentive system that has generated so much rejection, Escrivá has put on the table greater exemptions on social contributions. Both for those companies that can remove workers from their job, and for those who have to continue in it.
Well, the scheme that the head of Social Security has had between eyebrows and that he has defended throughout the negotiation is that part of the companies need a ‘push’ to remove their workforce from the ertes. The minister considers that the longer they remain in suspension, the more likely they are not to leave again and drag the company to layoffs or closure due to lack of activity .
That is why it has devised these incentives, which it already imposed in the extension of the last summer . Social agents have never liked this reasoning, who consider that companies do not decide whether or not to reactivate their workers based on aid, but on demand and that all resources should be directed towards the most vulnerable sectors.
How are the exemptions?
Finally, according to sources familiar with the conversations, companies in specially protected sectors (CNAEs) that have less than 50 employees may stop paying 95% of the contributions of workers who leave the erte (from June to September) and the 85% to remain in suspension until August and 70% in September .
On the other hand, if the company has more than 50 workers, it will stop paying 85% of the contributions (from June to September) of those workers who leave the state. And for those who stay, they will stop paying 75% between June and August and 60% in September .
In the case of limitation ertes, that is, those to which a company resorts for having part of its limited activity (example: a bar with limited capacity), the exemptions do not establish distinctions and are as follows: companies with less than 50 employees may deduct 85% during June and July and 75% during August and September. While the larger companies may be discounted 75% during June and July and 65% during August and September.
Negotiations roller coaster
Since last Monday’s failed meeting, which made it impossible for the extension to be approved in the Council of Ministers on Tuesday, the week has been one of constant exchange of papers and calls at the highest level. Finally the principle of agreement has arrived and there will be ertes and consensus with the social dialogue until September 30.
The axis of negotiating activity has pivoted in recent days between Escrivá and the social agents. The other protagonist of the table, Yolanda Díaz , promptly closed the questions regarding the social protection of workers.
These are extended under practically the same conditions: forbidden layoffs during the six months after the end of the erte (under penalty of returning the aid), maintenance of 70% of the amount of the SEPE benefit , ‘ counter to zero ‘ of the same during the 2021 and limitation to overtime or new hires; among others.