Skopje, 30 April 2020 (MIA) — The changes regarding the private sector payroll subsidies the government is offering were carefully thought out to both help employees keep their jobs and help businesses retain workers, according to Finance Minister Nina Angelovska.
After meeting with representatives of the hospitality and tourism sector on Thursday, Minister Angelovska said they resolved all open questions and dilemmas connected to the state subsidies to keep companies solvent.
Travel, transport, and hospitality industry entrepreneurs are all eligible for this kind of subsidies, Angelovska added, explaining that they can also apply to the initial stimulus package for these sectors. This way, in addition to providing them with minimal salary subsidies, the state may also subsidize 50 percent of their social contributions.
Any business which hadn’t registered losses over the past two years is eligible to apply, Angelovska pointed out, as long as it wasn’t on the Public Revenue Office’s list of debtors and didn’t have any loans more than 90 days overdue.
She highlighted that the payroll subsidy rules—which were somewhat relaxed recently causing a stir among labor unionists—were designed to help keep workers employed by bringing a certain number of laid-off employees back and protecting jobs.
“We are taking into consideration employees working under permanent and temporary contracts,” she said, “or in other words, every employee the company has.”
Angelovska added that if companies don’t apply for the subsidies, it may lead to a loss of jobs.
Economy Minister Kreshnik Bekteshi said the government will stay flexible and keep listening to the private business sector while creating response measures so companies can weather the crisis as well as possible.
“We are monitoring all developments in the tourism sector,” Minister Bekteshi said, “considering it is one of the most important sectors in terms of foreign income and its direct effect on our economy.
“Over the past two years, we have had excellent outcomes in this sector and it is our duty to work with all afflicted parties so they can overcome this crisis.”
Hotel, restaurant, and bar owners are hoping to restart their businesses soon so they can pay the bills.
“Unfortunately,” said Krste Blazhevski from the HOTAM association of hotel, restaurant, and camp owners, “we can’t predict when hotels will open, but we hope it happens before long. We’ll get used to a new kind of life and new measures, which we expect to be adopted shortly.”
Blazhevski added they were aware this season would be different but were still hoping “to be able to swim up to the surface and come up with new plans for 2021.”
He then denied rumors that tourist workers were laid off.
Pointing out that employees with permanent contracts were still on the businesses’ payrolls, Blazhevski ventured to say that if anyone had been let go, they were most probably seasonal workers. mr/
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