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4 May 2020
Italy: banking sector social partners sign new protocol on reorganisation of work amid gradual lifting of lockdown
The new protocol, which entered into force on Monday 4 May, the date on which the easing of lockdown commenced in Italy (almost exclusively concerning production activities), redefines the organisation of work and services for the public. The main new feature is that work can be organised into shifts and that working hours can be spread out between 7am and 7.30pm. The unions believe that this so-called “phase 2” is “definitely more delicate than the first emergency phase”, in other words, the initial...
Managing the fallout of Covid-19
30 April 2020
Marking 01 May across social networks
While events for 01 May events may be cancelled due to Covid-19, trade union organizations nonetheless want to celebrate Labor Day more than ever. In France, several organizations have called on supporters to express their expectations and in particular as regards the world of tomorrow by displaying placards and banners on the balconies of their homes and by mobilizing across the social networks. In Spain, the CCOO and UGT unions have called for a demonstration on social networks from 13hr30 after both union leaders have completed presenting their demands. Throughout the day, debates and press conferences will be broadcast on their websites...
Managing the fallout of Covid-19
29 April 2020
Brazil: automotive sector agreements mitigating production stoppage salary impact and preparing for business resumption in the face of weaker demand
Since the start of the health crisis, the automotive sector has been working on agreements to preserve employment and salaries in the medium term across Brazils’ vehicle and parts production facilities. In March and April, many manufacturers made use of the ability to place staff on ‘collective holidays’, but in anticipation of any business resumption, several avenues have been...
Managing the fallout of Covid-19
29 April 2020
Argentina: agreement in industry and commerce sectors guarantees 75% of salary during business suspension period
On 27 April an agreement was signed in the industrial sector to maintain workers’ salaries, in spite of the ongoing economic paralysis. The agreement is the result of discussions between the UIA employers’ body (Argentine Industrial Union), the CGT trade union (General Confederation of Labour) and the government. According to the agreement, staff who due to Covid-19 conditions are not working will receive 75% of their regular net salary. This compensation is supplemented by a government measure that...
Managing the fallout of Covid-19
28 April 2020
Spain: Telefónica agreement on a set of conditions for business resumption once lockdown conditions are relaxed
The CCOO and UGT trade unions have signed a protocol with Telefónica’s management containing health and safety standards aimed at both securing employee protection for when the Covid-19 state of alert is lifted and ensuring that business resumes alongside the best guarantees over employee health. The protocol provides for a four-stage resumption of activity depending on how the health situation develops, with very precise rules on working conditions set out for each stage.
Managing the fallout of Covid-19
28 April 2020
France: agreement at Valeo that relies on social dialogue to ensure the application of its safety protocol for the resumption of business activity
The agreement signed on April 16 between the French global automotive supplier and the CFE-CGC, FO and CFDT trade unions aims to ‘create the conditions necessary for the upcoming resumption of activity, and notably through the creation of provisions based on local social dialogue.’ The agreement details mechanisms that are based on joint audits and regular exchanges between...
Managing the fallout of Covid-19
28 April 2020
Spain: chemical industry social partners circulate their ‘recommendations for the protection of workers’ health in the face of Covid-19’
On 27 April, the employers’ organization, Feique, together with the Fica UGT and CCOO Industria trade unions presented a joint document (here) containing recommendations for protecting chemical sector workers’ health and preventing the spread of Covid-19, while still allowing production to resume. Like other sectors, (the metallurgy sector c.f. article No. 11849, and the...
Managing the fallout of Covid-19
28 April 2020
Hungary: agreements at Audi and Mercedes to mitigate the economic consequences of the production stoppage
On 23 April, a new agreement was concluded between the Audi manufacturer and the independent Audi Hungary trade union (AHFSZ) that seeks to mitigate the economic consequences of the Covid-19 related production suspension, preserve employment, and maintain salaries. The social partners have agreed to convert part of the salary components provided for in an agreement signed on 18 March into additional leave periods. The agreement provided for an average increase of 36% in workers’ income over three years, and...
Managing the fallout of Covid-19
27 April 2020
United Kingdom: Trades Union Congress demands risk assessment at every company before return to work
With the UK set to be under lockdown until 7 May at the very least, the Trades Union Congress (TUC) has begun to voice concern about the easing of the lockdown and is calling on the government to demand every employer to reduce the health risks to their employees, or be liable to penalties. “Too many workers have been forced to put their health on the line during this pandemic,” says Frances O’Grady, general secretary of the TUC. According to a study published by the trade union organisation on 27 April,...
Managing the fallout of Covid-19