Catalan employers distance themselves from CEOE and consider agreeing on ERTE “harmful”

Catalan employers distance themselves from CEOE and consider agreeing on ERTE

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First fissures among employers just a few hours after the employers signed the call ‘ERTE pact‘in Moncloa. Foment del Treball considers that this agreement is “harmful” for the companies. In a certainly harsh tone, the organization chaired by Josep Sánchez Llibre He believes that the Government, with its decisions, “is not only jeopardizing the freedom of business but also demonstrates that it does not respond proportionally, and with the same commitment, to the business world.”

“Over the past few weeks, the private business sector has been able to efficiently respond to social demands, preserving the economy and supplying essential products and services. Public-private collaboration is the path we must continue. The companies share and identify their interests with the workers and have a common objective: to save employment, “says Foment after the meeting of its executive on Monday.

The Catalan employers’ association warns of the agreement that “it is not contemplated that the causes of force majeure will subsist, in many cases, beyond this date”. Regarding obligations and penalties if employment is not maintained six months later, Catalan businessmen assure that there should be improvements in the decree “because they can precipitate the closure of many companies

It is a very different tone to that of CEOE, who is satisfied with the pact signed this Monday. Catalan employers consider that the extension of the ERTE until June 30 maximum is “insufficient“and ask to keep it longer.

“Many sectors and companies after the end of the validity of the declaration of the state of alarm and its extensions, will continue to be in a very complex situation after months without activity and without invoicing and, what is even worse, with a detracted demand in Therefore, to facilitate the viability of companies and avoid the massive destruction of jobs through other more traumatic mechanisms such as ERE or bankruptcy, it is necessary to maintain the validity of ERTE procedures due to force majeure. and for economic reasons beyond the end of the alarm state and for as long as necessary“they state.

Regarding the modification of the Sixth Additional Provision of Royal Decree-Law 8/2020, of March 17 regarding the obligations and sanctions for companies for six months after the date of resumption of activity, Foment regrets that the cases for objective causes have not been excluded from the sanctions and that each company must have the freedom to decide based on its economic, technical, organizational or production situation.

Foment argues that companies struggling to extend temporary staff adjustments show their commitment to save jobs and continue the company gradually to recover from activity. “It is not possible to establish a framework so strict and alien to the reality of the company, thus limiting their ability to make responsible and committed decisions with their workers, suppliers and customers, “they conclude.


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