By John Smith • 03 July 2020 • 14:10
AT the height of the Covid-19 pandemic in Spain, some 3.4 million workers were subject to ERTE (work furlough) but according to a statement by Social Security Minister Jose Luis Escriva by July 1 the figures had almost halved.
On that date, the number had reduced to 1.75 million workers and the numbers appeared to be dropping by around 5 per cent each week, helped by the fact that the Spanish Government is effectively paying compensation to companies to take workers back.
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Married to Ophelia in Gibraltar in 1978, John has spent much of his life travelling on security print and minting business and visited every continent except Antarctica.
Having retired several years ago, the couple moved to their house in Estepona and John became a regular news writer for the EWN Media Group taking particular interest in Finance, Gibraltar and Costa del Sol Social Scene.
Currently he is acting as Editorial Consultant for the paper helping to shape its future development.
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