Torres guarantees ERTE extension with flexibility for the Canary Islands

2020/09/17 15:09:46 Written by Canarian Weekly Business

The President of the Canary Islands Government, Ángel Víctor Torres, has guaranteed today that there will be an extension of the ERTE due to force majeure, and it will take into account the unique situation of the islands, which hope to start the winter tourist season in October.

Torres, who has won the support of UGT in this negotiation after meeting with the Secretary General, Pepe Álvarez, has admitted that the final agreement "is not easy" but understands that the ERTE must be "flexible and without a time limit,” to adapt to the economic reality of the situation we all find ourselves in.

In his opinion, "setting definitive limits is a mistake" and if the extension is signed until December 31st, it is important to remember that there is an additional clause in the document exclusively for the Canary Islands, which is "the lever" to be able to carry the extension "as long as necessary until the economic situation is normalized."

As an example, the president commented that "if it is necessary to go to 100% of social security exemptions due to lack of demand, it must be included", since the Canary Islands is the community "most damaged due its dependence on tourism.” The so-called “rebound ERTE” must also be included because some hotels opened in summer and have closed again, which gives them option to put staff back in ERTE.

"This is the only way forward, to actively work with the employers representatives, the unions, and the Government of Spain, to have the best possible agreement and as soon as possible," he said.