Thousands of self-employed professionals, including doctors, engineers and lawyers insured with the former ETAA fund, run the serious risk of being ejected from the social security settlement program where debts can be repaid in up to 120 installments, even though they submitted their applications on time.
Finance Ministry sources have noted that the so-called social dividend will go toward the weakest social groups, such as the unemployed and people on low wages, and not just retirees with low pensions.
UK-based jeweler Links of London’s fall into administration has led to loss of 38 jobs at its head office in London, administrator Deloitte said on Friday, adding that there have been no job losses in any stores.
Rafael Pico, president of the Spanish Olive Oil & Pomace Olive Oil Exporters Association (ASOLIVA), told Xinhua in an interview that the 25 percent US tariff imposed as of Friday on bottled Spanish olive oil means the product will be effectively “expelled” from the US market.
The 2019 budget of the Single Social Security Entity (EFKA) allegedly refers to a “virtual reality,” as if it were an imaginary, surplus-producing fund, and according to a senior government official the same goes for the last couple of years too.
Municipal workers marched toward Parliament on Saturday and, on the way, emptied garbage dumpsters outside the building of the Interior Ministry. The workers were protesting an article in the government’s growth bill which allows mayors to sign public contracts with the private sector for cleaning, lighting and other services. According to the union representing local authority workers (POE-OTA), this would lead to a deterioration in the services provided to citizens and an increase in municipal fees, as well as the layoff of workers. [InTime News]