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ERTE furloughing scheme could run to September on same terms as now, government says

Minister for Work, Yolanda Díaz, on Thursday.
Minister for Work, Yolanda Díaz, on Thursday. / EFE
  • The ability to extend ERTEs would apply to firms in all sectors hit, not just those still worst affected

The government's ERTE furloughing scheme looks set to continue until the end of September, at least for those firms that still need it.

The Minister for Work, Yolanda Díaz, said on Thursday the government had made an offer to unions and business representatives to extend the same eligibility as now when the current scheme runs out at the end of June.

The ability to extend ERTEs would apply to firms in all sectors hit, not just those still worst affected. The minister said the same favourable terms, where a furloughed worker doesn't use up their jobless benefit rights while furloughed, would be maintained.

Firms have called for the scheme to run until the end of the year, but it seems likely this compromise will be reached. The minister has set a deadline of next Tuesday for agreement.