Ambassadors to EU finally adopt job-saving SURE!

ETUC demonstrating for a fairer Europe for workers

Commenting on the adoption of the SURE Regulation by COREPER today, ETUC General Secretary Luca Visentini said

“The ETUC welcomes the decision to adopt the EU job-saving scheme SURE, but regrets that it took one month for this process to be finalised due to the veto of a few member states which have put EU workers’ jobs and income at risk.

“Now we appeal to member states to speed up their decision-making  to make the guarantees immediately available, and make SURE operational as soon as possible. 42 million workers on short-time work in Europe cannot wait longer.

“We also appeal to member states to speed up their bureaucratic processes and pay the income compensation to the beneficiaries. It’s a scandal that after two months millions of workers are still waiting for the financial support to which they have a right.

“We ask the Commission to urgently issue guidelines to push member states to enlarge the coverage of short-time work and income compensation to all workers, including non-standard and self-employed, and to ensure that the level of compensation reaches at least 80% of the salary.”