The Catalan Government Dismisses Those Responsible For Managing Residences And Processing Aid For Freelancers

The Catalan Government has dismissed this Monday the general directors of Social Affairs and Labor, Francesc Iglesies and Josep Ginesta, who also served as secretary general of the department. The counselor Chakir el Homrani has chosen to relieve the two main members of the leadership of his department who have managed two of the most sensitive areas during the pandemic, such as nursing homes and social services and labor policies. Iglesies and Ginesta are the highest managers who can be relieved, given that the Government is in office and does not have powers to appoint a new minister.

In a statement, the department announced the appointment of Oriol Amorós as the new general secretary of the council, Marta Cassany as the new secretary for Social Affairs and Families and Enric Vinaixa as the labor secretary. All three are promoted from the same department, where they held other responsibilities. Amorós was until now the secretary of Equality, Cassany was director of the territorial services of the department in Tarragona and Vinaixa was general director of labor relations.


The cessation comes a week after the controversy raised by the management of aid to self-employed granted by the Generalitat to the first applicants, which generated an avalanche of requests and the fall of the website, and for which the Government itself ended up asking sorry. The management of nursing homes was also controversial at the beginning of the pandemic, prompting that on April 8 the department headed by El Homrani transferred powers to that of Health, both from ERC.

“This restructuring aims to reinforce with new perspectives the two key areas of the Department – social affairs and work – for the coming months, which will be focused on the consequences of the social and labor crisis on citizens,” the department assured in a release.



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