MADRID, Sep 29 (Reuters) – The Spanish government will approve on Tuesday to extend until January 31, 2021 the temporary employment regulation files (ERTE) that are assisting hundreds of thousands of workers during the worst recession in the country since there records, a source in the Labor Ministry told Reuters.
With a new wave of COVID-19 infections hitting the economy hard, Trabajo has reached an agreement with the unions to expand these temporary leave programs, although the endorsement of the employers is still missing, the source added.
Although the country’s main business association, the CEOE, has not yet given its approval, the Council of Ministers will also approve the extension of a program that expired this Wednesday.
Millions of workers in Spain have benefited from ERTEs since mid-March, when the government imposed one of the strictest lockdowns in Europe to curb the new coronavirus epidemic.
When restrictions began to be lifted in late June, many returned to their jobs. But in August more than 800,000 people continued to receive these aid.
(Information from Belén Carreño and Inti Landauro; edited in Spanish by Jose Elías Rodríguez)