The Guardia Civil’s financial crimes division have arrested 130 people after discovering a businessman offering fake work contracts to help people obtain benefits they were not entitled to. [Adsense-B] The scam involved two companies based out of Torre Pacheco in Murcia. The main company was a real fruit and vegetable supply company that operated normally, but whose owner had diversified into benefit fraud. He had setup a second company which had no clients, assets or Continue reading 130 arrested in benefit fraud crackdown
Since Andalucia is now out of la crisis (according to whom? Oh, the Junta) it can start paying an Xmas bonus to all civil servants again. 260,000 civil servants across the region will see their pago extra returned as from next year, costing the region an additional 350 million euros in staff costs, said Susana Diaz in a triumphant speech this morning. It’s allowed because the Conserjería de Economia, the Andaluz Ministry for the Economy, Continue reading Andalucia’s doing so well it can pay civil servants their Xmas bonus again!
Just how many Andaluzes work for the public sector? It’s an ongoing joke, about how the biggest employer is the state, closely followed by the bars for those employees to hang out in. But, is it true? Well, todays Ideal newspaper has a special report on the state of the public sector in Andalucia… 20% of the active population work for the Junta, for one of its state owned companies, or a townhall. That’s one Continue reading 1 in 5 Andaluzes work for the Junta
38 types of work contract will go out of the window next year and be replaced by just four types: indefinite, temporary, training and apprenticeship. Currently, there are an amazing 42 types of work contract in Spain, which is, of course, just paper-pushing for bureaucrats. The state will throw out all of the variations and reduce them to just the basic four types, a move which will mainly help small and medium businesses. An associated Continue reading From 42 types of work contracts to just 4
We all know that with the current economic crisis, the government is desperate to make sure everyone who works is legal, and that fines for people caught working without contracts are increasing dramatically next month. Well, here’s a true story that happened this morning: One of our workers was coming into work in his uniform, when he was stopped by tráfico at a police stop in Huercal. They quickly checked his car papers and seemed Continue reading Tráfico now checking on your work status when they stop you…
The Government in Madrid recently came up with a wonderful idea – if you were a legal immigrant, working in Spain, with the right to unemployment benefit (paro) and from a country we like, if you lost your job you could ask for a cheque of all of your unemployment unpaid and social security payments and get a free flight home, in return for handing in your residencia. And if you frittered all your money Continue reading Only 767 immigrants took advantadge of the “Return Home Rich” scheme