Almost 90,000 companies have presented ERTE in Catalonia and the number of affected workers is close to 660,000

Almost 90,000 companies have presented ERTE in Catalonia and the number of affected workers is close to 660,000

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Eight out of ten companies with temporary staff adjustments are in the service sector.

Catalan companies have submitted until today a total of 89,275 temporary employment regulation files (ERTE) that affect a total of 657,887 people, according to figures provided this afternoon by the Department of Treball, Afers Socials i Families.

95.27% of the files have been formulated for reasons of force majeure, as a consequence of the pandemic, representing 88.26% of the total number of workers affected.

82% of the companies that have proposed an ERTE are from the service sector, well above industry and construction, with 8% each, and agriculture, with 0.7% of the total.

Within the service sector, the activities with the most staff adjustments caused by the health emergency are restoration, with just over 18,500 files, and retail, with almost 12,000, which represents, respectively, 25% and 16% of the total ERTE figure between service companies.

The Minister of Treball, Chakir El Homrani, told RAC 1 today that the ERTE represent a “flood that from the Generalitat has not been able to slow down much”, although he has specified that they are rigorous when assessing whether or not the record requirements. “More than 50% of the files that have entered,” he added, “are very automatic, because they are sectors that the health authority has closed,” reports Europa Press.

On the controversy surrounding the reactivation of work activity in non-essential economic activities, which in Catalonia will not take place until next Tuesday – tomorrow, Monday, is a holiday in the community – El Homrani has maintained that the “reasonable decision” is to keep closed those companies that lack means of protection against the coronavirus. “I am aware that there will be companies that will have a hard time guaranteeing personal protective equipment, but if they do not insure it, it will not be able to reopen because we may have a new outbreak of the disease,” said the minister.

In fact, the President of the Generalitat, Quim Torra, has announced that this afternoon the Government will meet to approve a “plan of measures” with the aim of “protecting workers” against what he considers an “irresponsible and reckless decision “of the Executive of Pedro Sanchez



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