June 18, 2013
CFK to send bill modifying workers risk insurance law to Congress
President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner announced she will send a bill aiming to modify the workers' risk insurance law to Congress, in her first public appearance since last Thursday’s massive pot-banging protests against the Government.
She announced she will send a bill to Congress seeking to modify the workers risk insurance (ART) to update the sums of compensation pays, shorten time periods for payments and ban the controversial "double way."
The bill was written in consensus with industrial leaders and union representatives and will be sent to Congress on Thursday. The main issues of the bill state that the affected worker will have too choose between a civil trial or a claim to the ART. Severance payments will be updated every six months and the payment will have to be done in 15 days.
"We decided on a practical matter: to update severance payments and that they are paid within 15 days of the accident. There can’t double way, although no one be prevented from going to trial. But those who choose the payment will not be able to settle the matter in court."
“We are protecting the interests of workers with this agreement,”she concluded.