Employment: why is it so hard to turn plans into work and what happens to successful cases?

The intention is noble: turn social plans into work. If all goes well, this would allow the person who today earns half the minimum wage to enter the labor market and earn more. On the other hand, it frees up state money intended for just over 1.2 million Argentines. However, the execution encountered some obstacles.

Social organizations claim that salaries offered by private companies are low. The companies ensure that, despite the fact that they grant remuneration that they consider fair, it is difficult for them to find qualified workers among those enrolled in Enhance Work.

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The first to cast doubts on the “Plan Splicing” it was Gustavo Weiss, the president of the Construction Chamber (Camarco). On October 19, 2021, an agreement was signed with Uocra to provide training for workers in cooperatives related to construction and public works.

The intention is noble: to transform social plans into work. (Photo: Ministry of Social Development)

According to the sector manager, six months after the start of the agreement, the 100 people trained have not yet been reached and, of this group, around 20% have started working in construction. Weiss said this week that recipients prefer to keep the plan and add “changa”. In his opinion, this is why there is a shortage of manpower.

What is the experience in the companies that participate in the “joining plan”

In Textilcom, a textile company, employs about 80 beneficiaries of the plan. It was one of the first companies to approach Social Development. Your landlord, Carlos Vilarinoexplained to NT that you need to hire 1,000 people before the end of the year.

Recognize that some Difficulties in recruiting beneficiaries of the Enhance Work plan Why “It is difficult to register”. The salaries he pays for the positions he offers are $72,500, about two minimum wages. Effective July 1, the amount will increase to $85,000.

Other companies that have signed an agreement still have a slow implementation. For example, at Toyota, the intention is to hire 10 Labor Promotion beneficiaries, but so far only four have joined.

The agreement with the companies works as follows: the State pays half of a living and mobile minimum wage and exempts employers who hire beneficiaries of the plan from paying the corresponding employer contributions.  The company supplements the rest of the salary
The agreement with the companies works as follows: the State pays half of a living and mobile minimum wage and exempts employers who hire beneficiaries of the plan from paying the corresponding employer contributions. The company supplements the rest of the salary

The agreement with the companies works like this: the state pays half of a living and moving minimum wage and exempts employers who hire plan beneficiaries from paying the corresponding employer contributions. The company supplements the rest of the salary.

In the educational paw, the scene is different. The most successful case is that of Argentina Program, the state training to learn to write code. As reported at NT spokesperson for the under-secretary in charge of the course, there are 6,145 registered who are also beneficiaries of the Promotion of work.

The complications of the “junction plan”, according to the organizations

Silvia SarahNational Coordinator of the Barrios de Pie Movement, explains how the “junction plan” of social organizations is experienced. It details that organizations in general some job offers are coming and for quotas lower than those which can be covered by the request.

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But the main problem, he points out, is that most these offers have “low” wages, “just above the minimum wage”, He says. These are jobs that not only require working full days and preparing lunch, for example, but are often far from the beneficiaries’ homes.

“The problem is that quality work and a decent income are not generated. Salaries must cover a total basic basket, but also not have precarious conditions,” explains Saravia.

The Empower Work plan is aimed exclusively at those who certify that they will complete their studies or who generate socio-productive projects (Photo: NA - Damián Dopacio).
The Empower Work plan is aimed exclusively at those who certify that they will complete their studies or who generate socio-productive projects (Photo: NA – Damián Dopacio).

In the case of low wages, he recognizes, on several occasions beneficiaries end up choosing to stay with the Empower plan and make some “changes” to top that amount, although he points out that “this is not the ideal scenario”.

How the Empower Work plan works

Beneficiaries of the Work Promotion plan they receive half of the living and mobile minimum wage (in May, an amount of $19,470 in exchange for part-time work. More than 1 million people are registered and pay their allowance “with their participation in socio-productive, socio-worker and/or socio-community or through educational completion”, according to the government.

Of this total, more than 40% are young people between 18 and 29 years old, the age sector most affected over the last decade by informality and unemployment.

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On October 15, a decree was formalized, 711/2021, to “turning plans into work”. According to the text, it is a question of “converting the various aid benefits for the unemployed or people in precarious jobs into incentives for the hiring of their beneficiaries in the form of declared salaried employment in the private sector”.

NT contacted the Ministry of Social Development to find out how many Empower Work beneficiaries are currently in training or working in the private sector, but received no response.

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