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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
27 April 2020
Italy: social partners revise protocol to combat coronavirus in the workplace
Ahead of “phase two”, which see lockdown in Italy gradually eased from 4 May and will primarily concern production activities, the trade unions Cgil, Cisl and Uil and the employer organisation Confindustria drew up a new protocol on 24 April, which integrates and replaces the protocol of 14 March (see article n°11720). Concluded under the auspices of Italy’s employment minister and the minister for economic development, the agreement required tough negotiations through the night and talks between social...
Managing the fallout of Covid-19
27 April 2020
Portugal: Volkswagen plant resumes operations under certain conditions
Autoeuropa, the Volkswagen plant in Palmela near Lisbon, is to get back up and running on 27 April. Only two production shifts are planned so that the constraints of the Covid-19 protection plan can be properly managed. Some 2,300 workers, or half the workforce, are affected. The decision was taken in consultation with the workers’ committee. The new working conditions resulting from the epidemic will be examined, in order to determine how business should continue from 11 May, before a full resumption of...
Managing the fallout of Covid-19
24 April 2020
Germany: IG Metall publishes practical guide with measures to prevent spread of Covid-19 in the workplace
As major automobile manufacturers in Germany gear up to boost production, the country’s metalworkers’ union has published a practical and detailed 30-page guide on how to ensure protection at production sites. The guide is intended to help employee representatives and the management of many SMEs, and is presented by the union as supplementary to the catalogue of ten measures and recommendations published last week by the ministry of employment and social affairs (see article n° 11848) and an adaptation to the...
Managing the fallout of Covid-19
24 April 2020
International: companies and trade unions join forces to act in support of manufacturers in textile industry struggling due to Covid-19 crisis
Clothing brands and retailers including Adidas, C&A, H&M Group, International Apparel Federation, Inditex, M&S, Primark, PVH Corporation, Ralph Lauren, Tchibo, VF Corporation, Under Armour and Zalando SE are participating in an initiative, along with the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), the International Organisation of Employers (IOE), and IndustriALL Global...
Managing the fallout of Covid-19
23 April 2020
Belgium: social partners agree on recommendations for exiting lockdown conditions
On 22 April, the social partners that met as part of the Group of Ten (one of Belgium’s social consultation forums) agreed on the framework that will govern the relaunch of business in non-essential sectors, which is set for yet to be announced a date but that should be known before 26 April. This framework is the one drawn up by the tripartite High Council for Prevention and Protection at Work, in conjunction with the Economic Risk Management Group (a Government Covid-19 management task force that includes the...
Managing the fallout of Covid-19