The Government has proposed at the negotiating table for the extension of the temporary employment regulation files (ERTE) until September 30 a reduction in the amount of Social Security exemptions for workers who remain in the ERTE and an increase from those currently applied for those who return to the activity.

This has been revealed by the secretary of Union Policy of the UGT, Gonzalo Pino, at the end of the meeting held this morning by the Tripartite Commission that negotiates the extension of the ERTEs linked to the Covid until after the summer.

Pino has warned that this proposed measure supposes, for UGT,

a "stumbling block" to agree to the extension of the ERTE


The parties have convened a new meeting on May 21 at 10 am.

For their part, social dialogue sources have highlighted that this Friday's meeting has been "very productive" with "important progress", with a broad consensus on matters that concern the Ministry of Labor and Social Economy.

The Minister of Inclusion, Social Security and Migration, José Luis Escrivá, already pointed out a few days ago that, although the current general framework of the ERTE will be maintained in the new extension, the Government wants to

"put emphasis" on incentives to reactivation

of workers, as was done last summer.

This debate on positive incentives for activating workers in ERTE has already been held with social agents in previous extensions.

Unions and employers have always defended the need to concentrate Social Security tax exemptions on workers who remain in the ERTE, not on those who leave.

The current ERTE scheme, which will be in force until May 31, establishes quota exemptions for the 'ultra-protected' sectors and companies in their value chain of 85% for companies with less than 50 workers and 75% for companies. that have more than 50 employees, both for reinstated and suspended employees.

In ERTEs due to activity impediments, the exemptions are 100% for companies with less than 50 workers and 90% for those with more than 50 employees, while in ERTEs for limitation of activity, the exemptions are decreasing until May 2021.

For companies with less than 50 workers, these were 100% in February, 90% in March and 85% in April and they will be 80% in May.

For those with more than 50 employees, these percentages are 90%, 80%, 75% and 70%, respectively.

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