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Coronavirus: Unions warn that tens of thousands could lose jobs in new year

Written by on November 15, 2020

Unions have warned that thousands of staff could be laid off as the second wave of the coronavirus continues to damage the Spanish economy.

In a statement issued last week, the CCOO union said that there was a significant backlog in the ERTE furlough scheme, and called for an increase in staffing level to reduce the delay. The workers union – the UGT – also said that small businesses are raising concerns over if they will be able to open again when the pandemic recedes.

654,000 people are currently furloughed nationwide, and a number of companies has already announced that lay-offs are to be expected when the scheme comes to an end in January next year.

Meanwhile Spain has registered the third highest total number of deaths, per 100,000 inhabitants. Belgium has the highest per capita death rate of 125.1 per 100,000, followed by Peru and then Spain – with 87.12 deaths per hundred thousand people.