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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.

19 March 2020
United States: in spite of an agreement to maintain auto-production, the Big 3 have closed their US facilities
The Big 3 automakers in the US, namely Ford, General Motors, and FCA (Fiat Chrysler Automobiles) have announced production will halt Stateside until 30 March. This decision was taken following several hours of discussions with representatives from the UAW (United Auto Workers) who had been lobbied by workers for this outcome. “Today’s action is the prudent thing to do,” United Auto Workers president Rory Gamble said in a statement. “By taking a shutdown and working through next steps, we...
Managing the fallout of Covid-19
18 March 2020
Spain: a package of economic and employment support measures
On 17 March, Spain’s Council of Ministers approved a decree law that will free up funds and make certain work-related legislation more flexible for this emergency period and ‘in a bid to protect and support families, employees, independent workers and businesses.’ The main thrust of the government’s measures is geared to supporting companies that avoid laying off workers by way of a series of provisions for lowering working time and boosting in-work flexibility, all with the aim of avoiding a situation...
Managing the fallout of Covid-19
18 March 2020
EU: supporting Member States as they combat the coronavirus
The EU wasted no time in unfolding its arsenal of budget measures to help support its Member States face the coronavirus crisis. On 13 March an EU Commission proposal mobilised funds for a crisis budget that the Government representatives adopted on 18 March, without amendment, in order to enable its rapid adoption. €37 billion from the cohesion programme will be redirected to provide financial support for the crisis. The EU Parliament is also expected to act rapidly and in addition, Member States will benefit...
Managing the fallout of Covid-19
18 March 2020
Argentina: initial measures limiting the freedom of movement plus recommendations to work remotely
Maximum effort to avoid the virus spreading during the initial development stages. On 16 March Argentina announced a series of measures aimed at avoiding the scenarios being experienced in Europe. As of 16 March, Argentina had ‘only’ 65 confirmed cases and 2 mortalities and the following day the nation implemented a series of drastic and rapid measures on top of border closures that came into force on 15 March, school closures since the weekend, and the implementation of extraordinary paid leave for employees...
Managing the fallout of Covid-19
18 March 2020
Great Britain: London augments financial support for businesses facing coronavirus
On 17 March, not even a week after the UK budget was presented that included a package of business-friendly measures, Rishi Sunak, the UK’s recently appointed UK Chancellor of the Exchequer, has announced a whole new raft of supports to help companies “meet the fixed costs of their staff without having to let them go.” The UK Government will now guarantee all company loans up to a total of £300 billion (€363 billion). An article in the upcoming Covid Bill will allow the government to exceed its fiscal...
Managing the fallout of Covid-19
17 March 2020
Italy: €25 billion in Government support for businesses families and the health system
At a time when whole sectors of Italy’s economy have had to come to a halt because of the coronavirus pandemic, on Monday 16 March the Council of Ministers adopted a decree-law, albeit not yet published in the Official Journal (Gazzetta Ufficiale), aimed at providing support for businesses and workers. Called ‘Cura Italia’ (Healing Italy) the text intends in particular for a widespread extension of technical unemployment provisions (Cassa Integrazione), a two-month suspension of employment terminations, and...
Managing the fallout of Covid-19
17 March 2020
Austria: Federal government announces Covid-19 support including ‘partial unemployment’
On 13 March, Austria’s government announced €4 billion would be directed to support independent workers, maintain employment, and help businesses avoid insolvency in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic. Finance for partial unemployment measures will rise from €20 million to €400 million, along with less stringent rules applying for ‘Covid-19 partial unemployment’ which will be accessible as of 23 March. Planet Labor will keep you abreast of these rules and regulations as they come on-stream in the...
Managing the fallout of Covid-19
17 March 2020
United States: the UAW and automakers set up a task force to tackle the coronavirus
The United Auto Workers union (UAW), together with US automakers has decided to set up a task force to address the coronavirus, the objective being to implement stronger protection measures for blue-collar workers in vehicle production and warehouse facilities. White-collar staff members have already been requested to work from home in order to avoid personal contact.
Managing the fallout of Covid-19
16 March 2020
Germany: law to faciliate short-time working measures adopted by the Bundestag with retroactive effect from 1 March
The law, which extends and facilitates access to short-time working measures to help businesses manage the Covid-19 crisis, was passed by the Bundestag on Friday 13 March, having been urgently adopted by the federal cabinet two days earlier. The provisions of the law, which also lightens the financial burden on businesses, are valid retroactively from 1 March. This means that requests can be taken into account as soon as they are submitted to the Federal Employment Agency, which monitors and funds the system.
Managing the fallout of Covid-19