By Cathy Elelman • 27 March 2020 • 14:44
PREDICTIONS: The government estimates more than 200,000 workers could be affected.
CREDIT: Govern Illes Baleares
THE coronavirus crisis is dealing a massive blow to the Balearic Islands’ workforce.
The Balearic government estimates that more than 172,000 workers will be directly affected by businesses turning to an ERTE, a temporary employment regulation which enables companies to make suspensions within employment contracts or reduce working hours due to force majeure.
Economy, Tourism and Employment regional minister Iago Negueruela warned that other employees could also be affected by ERTEs emitted due to indirect causes or for production reasons, putting the final figure at more than 200,000.
Negueruela reported that by Thursday the Employment Directorate General had registered 8,080 ERTEs for reasons of force majeure, representing an estimated 71,100 workers. Of these, some 86 per cent correspond to Mallorca.
The regional minister also reported that the government has improved the telematics system for processing ERTEs online in accordance with measures on simplification agreed with financial and social agencies.
He also said the number of civil servants dealing with processing the ERTEs had already been vastly increased from one to 35, with plans to increase this further to 50 because it is an “absolute priority” that workers at home receive their benefits “on time”.
“The impact of what is happening at an economic and global level in the Balearics is very high,” Negueruela commented.
“Every day more companies are closing: we are on the road to a total halt in our autonomous community.”
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Cathy Elelman is the local writer for the Costa de Almeria edition of the Euro Weekly News.
Based in Mojacar for the last 21 years, Cathy is very much part of the local community and is always well and truly up on all the latest news and events going on in this region of Spain.
Her top goals are to do the best job she can informing the local English-speaking community, visitors to the area and the wider world about about the news in Almeria, to learn something new every day, and to embrace very new challenge this fast-changing world brings her way.
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