Thursday, February 25

Díaz defends the consolidation of ERTE as an alternative to dismissal

The Minister of Labor and Social Economy, Yolanda Diaz, He defended this Thursday in the Congress of Deputies to consolidate the figure of the ERTE after the pandemic as an alternative to dismissal and as a vehicle to improve the training of workers.

More than a million hard-working people during their ERTE they have accessed training actions, which are a guarantee of employability and the future, “the minister recalled during the defense of the validation of the decree law that extends until May 31 the temporary employment regulation files (ERTE) .

Díaz has assured that this tool has shown “that it is possible to protect oneself against the destruction of employment, even in the most adverse circumstances. ”

Therefore, it has shown the Government’s intention to incorporate this “internal flexibility dynamics” to the ordinary functioning of the labor market as an alternative to dismissals in the event of dips in activity, but also as an opportunity to improve the qualification of workers.

In his opinion, it is necessary “to advance in the specialization of our companies, taking advantage of the productive stop imposed, in some sectors, due to health circumstances “, something that has already been launched in this coronavirus pandemic through training provided by the companies themselves and with that offered in state calls.

Díaz stressed that this expansion of the ERTE “continues the path started to save employment and productive sectors,” maintaining the three ERTE modalities with exemptions for companies and sectors affected by the pandemic: force majeure, impediment and limitation of activity.

The norm also includes, he recalled, other measures and extensions necessary to continue protecting workers and companies. Among them are the benefits for the cessation of activity of the self-employed or the extension of benefits and subsidies for the cultural sector.

It also includes the extraordinary extension of the lease contracts or the possibility of requesting temporary and extraordinary postponement in the payment of rent by tenants in a situation of economic vulnerability.

It also includes the extension of the contribution rates for the self-employed, of the safeguard clause of the 2011 pension reform, which guaranteed the previous retirement conditions for people laid off before the entry into force of that reform or the measures of the Take Care of Me Plan, with conciliation measures.

“A text with firm course and clear budgets, which is weaving the warp so that the new framework of labor relations is healthier, more efficient and more humane “, he added.

“We have to do everything possible so that a conjunctural crisis, that we have faced with all the resources and tools at our disposal, it does not become a terminal, structural crisis, “the minister defended.

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