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Managing the fallout of Covid-19

You will find here all the Planet Labor articles covering the initiatives of public authorities and social partners as they seek to manage the economic and social repercussions of the coronavirus outbreak.

24 March 2020
EU: IndustriALL Europe launches a debate on the definition for ‘essential production activities’
Europe’s industry trade union federation, IndustriALL Europe, has called for ‘stricter definitions of essential production in the chemical and pharmaceutical industries and for workers’ rights to health protection to be safeguarded.’ As underlined in the press statement from 24 March, trade unions have reacted to a certain number of industrial activities in Italy and in Belgium having being designated as ‘essential’ and as such implying the requirement for workers to come to work and leave...
Managing the fallout of Covid-19
24 March 2020
Italy: protecting workers in the transport-logistics sectors as well as those involved in home deliveries
While the halting of all non-essential activities that was decided between 21 and 22 March has provoked the ire of the trade unions for being too lax and which may prompt these union towards strike action (c.f. article No. 11753), agreements specifically designed to protect workers are nonetheless multiplying. On 20 March the Transport Ministry published guidelines (here) formulated together with the social partners that aim to protect workers in the transport and logistics sectors. Home delivery activities, which...
Managing the fallout of Covid-19
24 March 2020
Chile: authorities launch an arsenal of measures aimed at protecting jobs and workers
On 19 March, Budget Minister Ignacio Briones announced a massive $12 billion ‘Economic Emergency’ plan, the equivalent of 4.7% of domestic GDP in a bid to protect and safeguard Chile’s economy. Included in these measures are two draft laws aimed at supporting domestic businesses and employees during the Covid-19 crisis, with a provision for partial unemployment being a notable element. The Labor authorities also recalled and clarified certain aspects of the labor legislation that will be applying during the...
Managing the fallout of Covid-19
24 March 2020
United States: warehouses and supermarkets hiring massively to cope with demand
During this Covid-19 pandemic, two business sectors are bucking a general downtrend with extremely strong growth, namely the supermarket and distribution sectors. With demand levels already high, both are multiplying their job offers, and with the free movement of people now hampered, their hiring methods have also had to adapt and the hiring pool has also altered as other businesses abruptly lay off workers. While in order to attract workers, the supermarket chains are boosting bonuses, they aren’t so quick to...
Managing the fallout of Covid-19
23 March 2020
France: emergency bill adopted to address Covid-19 crisis
On 22 March the French parliament passed an emergency bill to address the Covid-19 pandemic. The bill allows the government to introduce emergency measures by ordinance, particularly in the areas of employment law and social security. In the coming days, to address the impact on business amid the ongoing crisis, the government may therefore enact measures that will extend access to short-time working or to allow the employer to draw on leave and RTT days (working time reduction).
Managing the fallout of Covid-19
23 March 2020
Germany: crisis agreement struck in metals sector
Social partners in Germany’s metals sector announced on Friday 20 March their decision to suspend negotiations over the renewal of a branch agreement which was due to be agreed in principle in mid-April 2020. Instead, the IG Metall union and the employer federation Gesamtmetall have negotiated a so-called ‘collective crisis agreement’. Valid until 31 December 2020, the deal adopts a series of measures on compensation for short-time working and additional leave for parents in order to soften the burden of the...
Managing the fallout of Covid-19
23 March 2020
United Kingdom: state to pay up to 80% of wages of workers unable to work during coronavirus pandemic
Amid the ongoing worldwide pandemic and following its decision to close the majority of non-essential shops, the UK government unveiled an unprecedented plan on 20 March to support jobs in the country, by covering a large portion of companies’ salary costs. This plan, of never-before-seen proportions, has been hailed by employers and trade unions.
Managing the fallout of Covid-19
23 March 2020
Finland: government plan for stemming the Covid-19 tide draws on social partners joint proposals
On 20 March the government announced an economic support plan to tackle the coronavirus pandemic, the budget for which will cost an estimated €15 billion. The plan will be implemented via a series of regulatory measures, legislative amendments, and several pieces of remedial financial legislation, which include in particular €10 billion for the Finnish state-owned financing company, Finnvera, so it can guarantee loans being extended to companies in difficulties. The government confirmed it was immediately...
Managing the fallout of Covid-19
23 March 2020
Belgium: conditions for temporary unemployment adjusted to cope with economic impact of Covid-19
Since 13 March, a “uniform and simplified” procedure has been put in place until 30 June for temporary unemployment applications, in order to better preserve jobs in Belgium amid the business restrictions resulting from efforts to combat the coronavirus pandemic. These applications will therefore automatically be considered as a response to “force majeure”. An employer that is indirectly affected by a temporary lack of business or orders may have recourse to the “temporary unemployment on economic...
Managing the fallout of Covid-19
20 March 2020
India: government tells people to work from home and calls for solidarity from employers in bid to deal with coronavirus
As the coronavirus pandemic continues to wreak havoc, Indian prime minister Narendra Modi made an address to the nation on the evening of Thursday 19 March. He called on people to work from home as far as possible and demanded that the business sphere and the most well-off sectors of society continue to pay employees who cannot go to work.
Managing the fallout of Covid-19