Several ministers with the Prime Minister, Pedro Sánchez, at the Council of Ministers on Saturday.MONCLOA

The Government is considering approving in the Council of Ministers tomorrow labor measures to alleviate the effects of the coronavirus. Among the initiatives under consideration are the streamlining of temporary employment regulation files, the granting of benefits without requiring minimum contribution periods, and the temporary suspension of contributions from companies, workers and the self-employed, according to sources close to the Government consulted by Europa Press. . All these measures are included in the joint demands made by the majority and employer unions to the Executive in the document that was sent to it last Thursday.

Along with these labor measures, the Government is considering a line of guarantees to help companies. They would also be studying to facilitate the access of the self-employed to the provision of cessation of activity, the so-called unemployment of the self-employed.

On Saturday, at the end of the Council of Ministers, the Prime Minister announced that economic and labor measures would be approved tomorrow to mitigate the impact of the virus on the economy and employment. Sánchez raised four lines that come to coincide with the proposals of the social agents and self-employed organizations.

Specifically, CCOO, UGT, CEOE and Cepyme demand a new regulation of the ERTE, emphasizing the causality linked to the effects of the coronavirus, the simplification of procedures and the shortening of the resolution deadlines. Among the common measures for the ERTE, the social agents see it is essential that access to unemployment protection be considered without requiring a grace period, that the periods of unemployment benefit consumed during this suspension do not count for future unemployment benefits and that the payment of social contributions by companies is suspended. The first two measures are also requested for permanent-discontinuous workers.

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