In the News self-employed” persons. These people almost exclusively work for just one company with a certain number of hours worked and they have to pay their own Social Security payments (if they do) which are much less than an employer would pay. In various cases they have to provide their own transport. In Madrid, ‘Deliveroo’, the Spanish arm of the UK based company have been taken to court. The Social Security department claim that all of the 500 people who work for them in Madrid making deliveries are actually employees and that this applies to another 4,000 people in Spain, and also people who make deliveries for the company ‘Glovo’. In court it was claimed that there was no flexibility in working hours and the company had deliberately set up their system to avoid Social Security payments, having to pay insurance, provide any accident cover and holiday allowances. It is claimed that Deliveroo has defrauded the Social Services to the tune of 1.2 million Euros. Deliveroo are claiming that their delivery people do have flexibility of work hours and some of them are highly paid. The court judgement will have very far-reaching effects in Spain if the Social Security Department wins the case, which seems likely.
Major Problems with the Dual-Carriageway Work on the dual-carriageway from Las Buganvillas to Vera is still bogged down in problems. On June 1st the Junta de Andalucía that is now run by a coalition of the conservative PP and Ciudadanos political parties along with Vox, announced an investment in Almería province of 125 million Euros. Apart from more funding to open the maternity and children’s hospital in Almería next year, they state that funding will be made available to extend the Almanzora motorway from El Cucador to the A-7 motorway and funding to finish the Vera to Las Buganvillas dual carriageway, so it looks as if the previous government of Andalucía ran out of money! The section of the AVE (high speed train) from Pulpí to Vera is supposed to be started very soon, and there will be a station opposite the petrol station on the Las Buganvillas to Vera road so it would seem that the railway track will go under the road. This will also mean there has to be an access for vehicles presumably from both sides of the
dual carriageway. The money for this will come from ADIF, the Spanish rail authority, so what will actually happen remains to be seen. The road and rail projects will have to be done in tandem in an ideal world!
Summer Regulations to Stop Agricultural and Forest Fires The “Plan Infoca” to combat fires has been in place since June 1st and will continue until October 15th. It is prohibited to light fires in forest areas and vehicle traffic is banned, special permission has to be given to burn agricultural waste, and barbecue areas are shut. The general public is advised that what seems like harmless acts can cause devastation. In the past, workmen were installing solar panels and using equipment to solder the joints that then caused a fire, a man was trying to repair a leak on his plastic pool liner with a heat gun which went terribly wrong, and another man was using welding equipment to repair a lorry too near to grassland. Every year people are employed to clear vegetation, cut off branches of trees in forest areas and clean fire breaks. Agriculturalists are asked to take special care with the siting of waste material. A survey in 2018 revealed that because of the high amount of land under cultivation there was a high risk of fires in Almería province, and they identified 19 high tension electricity lines where it was considered there was not sufficient maintenance. This June, Endesa, the electricity supply company, announced that they had surveyed 5,225km of low, medium
The Almeria Focus is a local directory and magazine distributed monthly in the Almeria province of southeast Spain.