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Andalusia give 505 euros per worker to companies punished by the pandemic

The Andalusian Government approve this Tuesday a direct aid plan, agreed with the unions and the employers

Nuria Lpez, Juanma Moreno, Javier Gonzlez de Lara and Carmen Castilla.

The Junta de Andaluca grant 505 euros per worker in direct aid for four months to maintain employment for companies affected by the pandemic, within the framework of a battery of measures that includes an injection of 732 million to the Andalusian productive fabric.

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This package of measures, as a result of the agreement signed this Monday by the Andalusian Government with the unions and the employers, also includes direct aid to SMEs from 3.000 euros, as well as a supplement of 210 euros for workers affected by ERTE with lower benefits, aid of 210 euros for some 16,000 permanent-discontinuous workers and a new benefit for people at risk of social exclusion compatible with other incomes.

In the act of signing this agreement, the president of the Board, Juanma Moreno, has advanced that the Governing Council will approve tomorrow a decree-law with the first package of aid aimed at maintaining employment, for a global amount of 270 million , and highlighted that the 732 million for the productive fabric is the direct aid plan with the highest volume of all Spanish communities.

In addition, Moreno, who recalled that at the end of December the Board approved another aid plan for companies and the self-employed by 697 million, has underlined the value of this social agreement as an “example that there is an Andalusian way” because “we are able to understand each other and overcome the ideological trenches” with a “mature, sensible and serene dialogue”.

In the same vein, the president of the Confederacin de Empresarios de Andaluca, Javier Gonzlez de Lara, has recognized the “commitment in favor of institutional stability” of the social agents with this agreement which, together with the political stability agreement between PP and Ciudadanos, are “very important to generate certainty in times of too much political tension in the country” , while emphasizing that the pact has “a very powerful social imprint.”

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The general secretary of UGT-Andaluca, Carmen Castilla, has highlighted that the social agents and the Board “have been able to reach an agreement in the midst of a climate of tension in Spain” and has celebrated that it has returned to the “path of social dialogue” with this agreement that includes many demands unions to protect workers affected by the pandemic.

The general secretary of CCOO-A, Nuria Lpez, has emphasized that this agreement represents a “step forward in the protection of workers”, especially due to the complement of the ERTE that will benefit more than 300,000 workers, and has calculated that the measures will help almost half million Andalusian employees do not lose their jobs in the next four months.

The plan, with a transversal nature and affecting a large number of sectors with an impact on tourism, revolves around three axes: maintaining employment and activity, endowed with 585 million; protect the people most in need and affected by the crisis, than to have 107 million, and a plan to reinforce the management of aid through which the administration will hire 1,700 people with a budget of 40.4 million.

The agreement includes the following aids:

  • Help for maintaining salaried employment for four months (505 euros per worker or full-time equivalent, and month) in companies with up to 20 workers located in the sectors of activity most affected by the pandemic.

The subsidy will be applied to the number of workers resulting from keeping 65% of salaried employees registered at the time of application in companies with 1 to 5 workers and 75% in those with 6 to 20. Budget: 270 million.

  • Aid for freelancers (1,000 euros) who carry out their activity in sectors of activity most affected by the pandemic, such as hairdressing and beauty centers and the taxi sector. Budget: 88.6 million.
  • Aid for the maintenance of activity in SMEs in commerce and hospitality for the maintenance of activity for 4 months (3,000 euros) that prove not having been in crisis in 2019 and have suffered a fall in sales due to COVID 19 in 2020 of at least 20% over the previous year. Budget: 86.3 million.
  • Aid for nightlife, children’s and leisure park SMEs for a minimum amount of 4,000 euros. Budget: 9.4 million euros.
  • Aid of 3,000 euros for four months for gyms that have suffered a sales drop from COVID 19 of at least 20% in 2020. Budget: 14.2 million euros.
  • Aid for the cultural sector for four months of 3,000 euros. Budget: 4 million.
  • Aid for SMEs in the discretionary public transport sector of 1,700 euros per VD license for four months and with an income drop of 20% over the previous year. Budget: 6.8 million.
  • Aid for travel agencies for the number of workers (between 3,000 and 12,000 euros). Budget: 6.5 million.
  • Aid for active tourism companies of 3,000 euros. Budget: 3.7 million euros.
  • Aid to hotel establishments (between 3,000 and 160,000 euros) amounting to 200 euros for each of their beds. Budget: 60 million euros.
  • Aid for Tourist Apartments and Rural Houses of 80 euros for each of its places in the case of apartments (with a minimum of 3,000 and a maximum of 50,000 euros) and 3,000 per rural house. Budget: 18 million.
  • Aid for Tourism Camps and Rural Tourist Complexes of 2,500 euros per motorhome overnight area, and for campsites and rural tourist complexes of between 10,000 and 20,000 euros per number of workers. Budget: 3.8 million.
  • Aid for tourist guides of 3,000 euros per qualified person. Budget: 13.6 million.
  • Aid to Spanish schools for foreigners for an amount of 4,000 euros to each school. Budget: 240,000 euros.

Social protection

  • Complement in a first phase of 210 euros in single payment to those affected by an ERTE with total suspension of their working day within the period between March and April, and after this first phase, the implementation of a second phase will be analyzed if the conditions for its application are maintained. Budgetary allocation: 70 million.
  • Help for permanent-discontinuous or seasonal workers especially affected by the covid-19 with 210 euros in one-time payment, and for those who perform fixed and periodic jobs that are repeated on certain dates, who have accessed the extraordinary benefit derived from the Royal Decree-Law 30/2020, of September 29, on social measures in defense of employment. Endowment: 5 million.
  • Extraordinary Benefit for situations of need to cover single-person families or dependent minors at risk of social exclusion or at risk of being so (in line with the decree that regulates the Minimum Income of Social Insertion). Endowment: 30 million.
  • Shock Plan for the Streamlining of the Minimum Income of Social Insertion in Andalusia (REMISA) with more than 80 contracts for the management of extraordinary benefits files. Endowment: 1.9 million.
  • Establish a Social Dialogue Table within a month where for the reform of the REMISA, so that it covers the groups that are left out of Minimum Vital Income, the improvement and complementarity of the economic coverage, establishing a benefit that alleviates the needs of family units, and allow compatibility and complementarity with the state benefit.

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