The Government proposes a new model of permanent protection for the self-employed


The new social protection scheme proposed at this Monday’s meeting would include four types of cessation of activity and extends the coverage of this aid by expanding the cases in which a self-employed worker can benefit, as indicated by the president of UPTA, Eduardo Abad.

The first It will mean making the extraordinary benefit approved during the pandemic “permanent” and in force until June 30.

The second will be to cover causes of force majeurewhile there will be another two for economic or cyclical causes or sectoral restructuringin a scheme similar to the one approved for new mechanisms of temporary employment regulation files (ERTE), the so-called NET.

In all cases, this aid can be accessed for 50% of the contribution base for six months without a grace period, provided that a loss of billing of 75% is proven, explains UPTA.

From the Ministry of Inclusion, Social Security and Migration they have indicated that “a new protection scheme” has been presented at the meeting, where the Government, self-employed associations and social agents “have made important progress”

The ministry, they add, has promised to put forward a new proposal, in accordance with the requests made on Monday, which will be seen at next week’s meeting.

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ATA: “The positions are still far away”

The meeting also addressed the latest installment scheme proposed by the Government for the reform of the self-employed contribution system and ranging from 250 euros per month to 550 euros during 2023, 2024 and 2025.

For UPTA, these proposals “are perfectly acceptable” and trusts in being able to close the fringes to have an agreement in the next week.

On the contrary, the President of the National Federation of Self-Employed Organizations (ATA)Lorenzo Amor, has assured that “the positions are still far away” with respect to the contribution system, since the table proposed by the Government for the next three years is “unacceptable” and represents a increase in quotas for almost a million self-employed.

Regarding the expansion of social protection for these self-employed workers, Amor sees “more consensus, more meeting points.”

But he has warned that “either the Government approaches its proposal” of contributions to the one proposed by ATA and the employers’ associations CEOE and Cepyme or “we will not be able to reach any type of agreement”.

Abad insists on the urgency to close the deal to be able to start up this system in 2023. “We can’t keep dizzying”, he has settled.