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14 April 2020
Germany: agreement on health and safety conditions for resumption of production reached at Volkswagen
At Volkswagen, where the production of spare parts has partially resumed following the Easter weekend, management and the central works council at the German car manufacturer presented, on Wednesday 9 April, a company-wide agreement offering a catalogue of 92 health measures and behavioural rules designed to gradually resume production while protecting employees against Covid-19 infection. This catalogue of measures is geared towards Volkswagen’s German plants but is intended to serve as a basic model for all...
Managing the fallout of Covid-19
14 April 2020
Italy: Ferrari unveils innovative ‘Back on Track’ project ahead of activity recommencing
Drawn up in collaboration with a pool of virologists and experts, and with the support of the Emilia Romagna region, the ‘Back on Track’  project unveiled by Ferrari seeks to provide a safe working environment for staff when sites open their doors once again. The project constitutes a veritable prevention and monitoring policy, with workers able to undergo blood tests to see if they have contracted Covid-19, a special application set up to provide support and monitoring, as well as medical and psychological...
Managing the fallout of Covid-19
10 April 2020
Italy: FCA and unions define health and safety conditions ahead of sites reopening
On Thursday 9 April the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles group (FCA) and all the Italian trade unions, including FIOM-Cgil, signed an agreement on guidelines to prevent the spread of coronavirus, which will have to be applied when the government gives the green light for business to resume. This comprehensive protocol of measures has been greeted favourably by leading Italian virologists.
Managing the fallout of Covid-19
10 April 2020
Spain: government and social partners prepare for end of lockdown
Representatives of the CEOE and Cepyme employer organisations and of the CCOO and UGT trade unions have begun working with the government on an end to the period of lockdown, implemented to contain the Covid-19 pandemic. They are studying how to prepare for a “de-escalation” followed by a relaunch of economic activity, taking into account the particularities of each sector. The unions are calling for this recommencement to take place while guaranteeing the protection of workers. However, the deadline is still...
Managing the fallout of Covid-19
9 April 2020
Great Britain: an agreement allowing Rolls-Royce to return to work
On 08 April amid the coronavirus crisis, the trade union Unite revealed that it had negotiated a series of measures with the engineering giant that manufactures aircraft engines in order to protect the jobs and health of the 20,000 British employees. This landmark deal – that includes a 10% wage cut over the next 12 months, which will be made up and paid back later, enables Rolls-Royce, which ceased all production on 25 March, to reopen its sites gradually from this week.
Managing the fallout of Covid-19
9 April 2020
Belgium: various types of compensation for employees in the mass retail market
The mass retail sector has been under pressure since the very start of the health crisis. After an unsuccessful first round of sectoral negotiations that were undertaken at the end of March with the trade and services federation, Comeos, on health safety issues and working hours, and following brief walkout action in the Delhaize and Carrefour stores, Belgium’s trade unions had face into negotiating on a company-by-company basis. Thus, on 6 April, the social partners validated an agreement on hourly compensation...
Managing the fallout of Covid-19
8 April 2020
France: Société Générale agreement on rest days and remuneration maintenance during the Covid-19 pandemic
An agreement signed on 2 April with the CFTC, CGT, and SNB (specific banking sector organisation) trade unions affirms the principle of maintaining remuneration for all staff during the health crisis period and in return imposes the taking of two weeks’ leave. The company will not make use of any government scheme for partial activity during the first half of 2020.
Managing the fallout of Covid-19
8 April 2020
France: PSA agreement includes a solidarity-based 100% guarantee of salaries for employees on partial activity and a facility for adjusting summer holidays to facilitate business resumption
On 07 April an ‘agreement on social solidarity, and the protection and health of employees and the company’ was signed by the French auto manufacturer along with 4 of the 5 representative trade union organizations. The agreement creates a solidarity fund that guarantees 100% remuneration for all employees in partial activity, enables each site head to impose 6 days of leave, and...
Managing the fallout of Covid-19
7 April 2020
France: metallurgy sector agreement on emergency measures to deal with paid leave, rest days, and working hours
On 3 April the metallurgy sector’s employers’ body, the UIMM, along with the relevant trade union federations, the CFE-CGC, CFDT and FO (the CGT absent) signed an agreement on work organization arrangements to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic. This agreement, plays a supplementary role, i.e. only applies when a company agreement is lacking, and intends for provisions relating to the taking and modification of paid leave days so that companies can better manage the health crisis hiatus and prepare as well as...
Managing the fallout of Covid-19
7 April 2020
Italy: UniCredit agree with trade unions on 5,200 early retirements to be partly made up by 3,500 hirings and the stabilization of precarious employment contracts
In less than two months, UniCredit banking group and the relevant trade unions have managed to conclude tense negotiations on 6,000 job cuts that are part of the bank’s 2023 strategic plan (c.f. article No. 11649). The agreement provides for 5,200 voluntary early retirements along with retraining for 800 employees. In addition, the trade unions have succeeded in ensuring that almost...