The Government guarantees to extend the ERTE after May 31st
The Minister of Labour and Social Economy, Yolanda Díaz, has confirmed today what all companies were hoping for, and that is that the temporary employment regulation files (ERTE) will continue beyond May 31st. She didn’t, however, specify how long they will be extended for.
So far the central Government has ignored the repeated requests of the main business organizations linked to tourism, who have demanded the extension of the ERTE throughout the whole of 2021, to avoid massive layoffs of staff.
As of March 31st, there were 743,628 people protected by ERTE, according to data collected from the Social Security. Of this figure, which has remained more or less stable since September, more than half corresponds to sectors linked to tourism.
In her speech at the VII Cepyme Awards, Díaz has limited herself to saying that after May 31st the ERTE formula "will be similar to the current one" and that "soon" negotiations with unions and employers will start. "Employees of SMEs have been the main beneficiaries of the ERTE, a mechanism that must continue to exercise its protection," she highlights.
Negotiations are due to start in the first week of May in order to have plenty of time to finalise agreements before the end of the current period. It is expected that they will be extended for a further three months until August 31st.