Wednesday, April 17

Escrivá admits “bilateral meetings” to negotiate the quotas of the self-employed

The Minister of Social Security, José Luis Escrivá. / EP

The minister denies that he has made a new contribution proposal for the next three years but is open to reducing the nine-year period that he proposed to deploy the new system

Lucia Palacios

The Government has not made any new proposal to the self-employed about the new contribution system based on real income, but it has been talking over the last month with the different organizations that represent the group and has even held “some meetings bilaterals” in which “materials are exchanged”. This was confirmed this Thursday by the Minister of Social Security, José Luis Escrivá, after information appeared in some media outlets that spoke of the fact that he had recently put a new approach on the table with a reduction in fees.

“This ministry has not disclosed any formal proposal. We are negotiating, we are approaching positions and seeing what the positions are, “said Escrivá, visibly upset with this matter. In addition, he denied that his approach now is to agree on the new quotas for the self-employed for the next three years and then review them, as proposed by ATA and UPTA. “Not at all,” he said flatly. But he did show himself willing to modify that nine-year period that was initially given to deploy it.

“It is a structural reform and we are open to different formulas that allow us to seek consensus and agreements on how we transition to that final situation and we are flexible, we are open to different possibilities,” said the former president of Airef, who did not show much interest in formally convening the negotiation table and previously invited the organizations to approximate positions, because they are still “very divergent”.

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Nearly 200,000 new jobs in April

Meanwhile, the labor market remains oblivious to any kind of price reform, and not even to the war in Ukraine or the price crisis. April will be “again” another “very positive” month for employment, the second best in history, and an average of 188,000 new jobs will be created, according to Escrivá at the press conference.

With this strong rate of job creation of around 5% year-on-year, Social Security will exceed 20 million affiliates for the first time in April in daily evolution. And, in addition, it does so with jobs of higher quality and duration, since this month, when the labor reform has fully entered into force, the increase in permanent contracts has accelerated and there are already more than 800,000 more permanent contracts in the four first months 800 have been made

thousand more indefinite contracts than in the first quarter of the years 2017-19. At the same time, the duration of the contracts has increased substantially: if in previous years almost 70% of the contracts were for less than seven days, now this percentage is 30%.

In addition, the minister stressed that, despite the fact that the covid ERTE have ended and despite the fact that we are in a particularly complex context in the international arena and in the inflation environment, there is no increase in the ETOP ERTE, which is have stabilized around 16,000 workers.

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