By Deirdre Tynan • 27 May 2021 • 15:53
Labour Minister, Yolanda Diaz.
Image: La Moncloa
The Spanish government is set to approve an extension of support to freelancers and the self-employed. The move follows a hard-won agreement with UPTA, ATA and UATAE, unions representing autonomos.
Social Security contributions will be reduced by 90 percent for the month of June, 75 percent for July, 50 percent for August and 25 percent for September for those self-employed workers who are entitled to the extraordinary benefit for cessation of activity.
Article 5 of the law says the self-employed who were registered in the RETA and the Special Regime for Sea workers will enjoy the bonuses as of June 1. As in the case of the ERTES, the extension will be until the end of September.
Article 6 says the self-employed who are forced to suspend their work as a result of “a resolution adopted by the competent authority” in relation to the coronavirus pandemic, will have the right to some social security benefits.
The amount of the benefit is once again 70 percent of the minimum contribution base that corresponds to the activity carried out by the self-employed.
Eduardo Abad, Secretary General of UPTA, said after two weeks of tense negotiations he now views the agreement “very positively”.
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Deirdre Tynan is an award-winning journalist who enjoys bringing the best in news reporting to Spain’s largest English-language newspaper, Euro Weekly News. She has previously worked at The Mirror, Ireland on Sunday and for news agencies, media outlets and international organisations in America, Europe and Asia. A huge fan of British politics and newspapers, Deirdre is equally fascinated by the political scene in Madrid and Sevilla. She moved to Spain in 2018 and is based in Jaen.
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