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9 June 2020
Spain: Inditex agrees with the trade unions on how to reopen stores for all the Group’s brands
Inditex Group management together with the CCOO and UGT unions together have defined the general framework of conditions for reopening their stores, and which has served as a reference for negotiations with the various works councils for reopening the Zara, Lefties, Stradivarius, Bershka, Massimo Dutti, Oysho, Pull&Bear and Kiddy’s Class stores. In addition to preventative measures for employees, the framework outlines a temporary organization for working hours to ensure the gradual resumption of team...
Managing the fallout of Covid-19
8 June 2020
France: social partners commence talks on remote working without a common goal
Following for calls from several trade union organisations for a review of the standards governing remote working, in order to draw lessons from this unprecedented period and improve the conditions for those who work remotely, employers have agreed to engage in discussions. The first meeting took place on 5 June (by videoconference) and resulted in a schedule for talks. Three new dates were set: 19 June, 2 July and 2 September. A fourth meeting is expected to take place in September. What are the prospects? There...
Remote work regulations
5 June 2020
France : agreement signed on employee protections and social measures amid recommencement of activity at EDF
The agreement, signed on 3 June with all the group’s trade unions and the French energy group, addresses the challenges of relaunching business with a global approach. In addition to covering how leave should be managed, health and safety conditions, the adjustments to work organisation necessary for business to resume and employee recognition, the agreement devotes a section to the continuity of social dialogue and the resumption of training and mobility, sets out guarantees for work-study students, and...
Managing the fallout of Covid-19
28 May 2020
Spain: the El Corte Inglés retail group is resuming business by facilitating functional and geographical mobility
The CCOO, Fagsa, Fetico, and UGT unions have reached an agreement with management for the El Corte Inglés group on the conditions for returning to work following the nationwide lockdown and the gradual reopening of the stores. Management is committed to maintaining employment and wages and to making additional effort towards employee work/life balance. In return, the employee representatives will accept a series of temporary measures ‘linked to the current situation’ to facilitate greater flexibility in terms...
Managing the fallout of Covid-19
25 May 2020
Spain: employers walk away from cross-industry talks in protest against potential abolition of 2012 labour reform
On Wednesday, employers walked away from talks over an extension of partial unemployment measures following the lifting of the state of alert in Spain. The move came after a surprise announcement on 20 May that the government and the left-wing Basque pro-independence party EH Bildu had agreed a pact promising the total abolition of the 2012 reform brought about by the People’s Party (on the content of this reform, see article n°120462), which should occur “before the end of the extraordinary measures”...
13 May 2020
United States: one of Amazon’s leading activists takes up the cause of essential workers
Chris Smalls, who sees himself as “the whistleblower fired by Amazon” for demanding more protection from Covid-19, is creating his own defense movement called The Congress Essential Workers to help ‘essential workers’ at Amazon and other companies, supermarkets, hypermarkets, and e-commerce companies that have been maintaining activity during the coronavirus pandemic.
Managing the fallout of Covid-19
12 May 2020
Belgium: agreement reached on the resumption of work in the metal and technology sectors
On 11 May trade unions in the metal sector along with the Agoria (technology) employers body signed an agreement for resumption of work amid the coronavirus health crisis. As a complementary text to the Generic Reference Guide, which was published following social consultations at the end of April, the agreement aims to tackle the spread of the coronavirus in the workplace (c.f. article No. 11876). The agreement reasserts the importance of social dialogue and communication between the parties and emphasizes the...
Managing the fallout of Covid-19
7 May 2020
France: the Paris Ile-de-France Region together with the social partners are jointly defining innovative organization methods, especially in terms of work, so as to manage public transport use during lockdown
As the country prepares for an easing of its lockdown restrictions to commence on 11 May, France’s primary region, in terms of population and economic activity, is embarking upon a decidedly new approach that looks to being all the major transport stakeholders together including the State, Region, municipalities, employers’ bodies, and trade union organizations and to formulate...
Managing the fallout of Covid-19
6 May 2020
Italy: the future president of Confindustria (employers’ body) evokes the idea of favoring company over branch level negotiations for organizing work amid the current crisis
Currently heading up Assolombarda, the powerful Milanese branch of the employers’ organization, Carlo Bonomi will officially take over as head of Confindustria on 20 May. However trade unions are already in a stir over some remarks attributed to the future head, albeit supposedly uttered behind closed doors. In order to foster and facilitate the economic recovery, Mr. Bonomi wants...
Managing the fallout of Covid-19