October 20, 2014
Despite efforts, gov't still not satisfied with unregistered job rate
Labour Minister Carlos Tomada praised the passing of the Kirchnerism-sponsored bill to tackle unregistered work in Argentina but warned current informal employment rates didd’t “yet” satisfy the federal government.
“With this law we seek to reach a larger universe of workers and reduce unregistered work even more,” Tomada told reporters today and praised the “almost unanimous” approval of the bill earlier this week.
In an interview with a radio show, Tomada pointed out 36 labour market-related projects have been passed by Congress over the past decade, resulting in the “reduction” of informal workers.
Still, the minister explained the Cristina Fernández de Kirchner was not satisfied “yet” with current rates and added that the new legislation also grants stimulus for companies to register workers.
“Small companies are the most vulnerable sector, many times working under subsistence economies; that is why we have to help them with stimulus so that they can register workers,” he said adding that the estimated number of informal sector workers was of 33 percent.
On Thursday, the Lower House passed the bill that aims at tackling informal employment, granting small companies with economic benefits. After a 12-hour debate, the project was singned into law in a 227-3 vote and 4 abstentions.