Low take-up for the la­bor sub­sidy plan

Kathimerini English - - Front Page - ROULA SALOUROU

With its eyes fixed on July, a cru­cial month, the gov­ern­ment is al­ready ex­am­in­ing pro­pos­als for im­prov­ing, chang­ing or even lim­it­ing the Syn-Er­ga­sia la­bor sub­sidy pro­gram, which in its first 10 days has met with very lit­tle in­ter­est on the part of en­ter­prises.

Many com­pa­nies hit hard by the coro­n­avirus cri­sis have not ap­plied for the 60 per­cent cov­er­age of work­ers’ orig­i­nal salaries and of em­ploy­ers’ so­cial se­cu­rity con­tri­bu­tions up to July 31. Al­though no of­fi­cial data have been re­leased yet, sources say just over 3,000 en­ter­prises have ap­plied to ben­e­fit from the pro­gram con­cern­ing the re­duc­tion of the work­ing week of their 33,100 em­ploy­ees.

Se­nior gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials say it is pos­si­ble the cov­er­age of part of em­ploy­ers’ con­tri­bu­tions could be ex­tended up un­til the end of the pro­gram on Oc­to­ber 15. They also have not ruled out cer­tain in­ter­ven­tions per sec­tor or re­gion, depend­ing on the prob­lems faced by en­ter­prises, so as to achieve the high­est pos­si­ble par­tic­i­pa­tion by cor­po­ra­tions.

The gov­ern­ment’s orig­i­nal plans en­tailed spend­ing 1 bil­lion eu­ros on the pro­gram, but this may also change.

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