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Newsletter September, 2020

Indonesia: social partners from the garment sector sign a joint commitment

September, 2020
  • In August 2020, Indonesian social partners from the garment and footwear industries signed a joint commitment “to protect health, business sustainability and welfare of workers in these sectors”. 
Newsletter August, 2020

Inditex and IndustriALL joint statement to support the economic and social recovery of the global garment industry through Covid-19 crisis

August, 2020
  • The joint statement focused on topics such as freedom of association and collective bargaining, social dialogue, occupational health and safety, social responsible practices and the stability of payments.
Newsletter July, 2020

Developments on the Call to Action in the garment sector

July, 2020
  • An International Working Group met regularly to implement the Call
  • 8 Priority countries were identified
  • A first contact was taken with financial Institutions and donors

International social dialogue in action: “ILO Global Summit on COVID-19 and the World of Work - Building a better future of work”

July, 2020
  • ILO Constituents will virtually meet to discuss the challenges and responses of countries still in the midst of the pandemic, as well as those that have started the recovery phase.

Austria: Social Partners Agree on the “Corona Short-Time Working Scheme”

July, 2020
  • Well-developed social dialogue and partnership in Austria achieved significant outcomes during the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • Starting in March 2020, the existing short-time working scheme has been adapted and extended to the needs of employers and workers in the Covid-19 crisis.

Venezuela: Social Partners Presented a Bipartite Manifesto for “Productive and Decent Work and Social Justice”

July, 2020
  • Venezuelan social partners presented a landmark declaration.
  • They called for the adoption of urgent measures to restore decent living conditions, decent work, and stimulate the economy.
  • Through virtual meetings, social partners will present concrete actions deriving from the Manifesto.

New Zealand modifies legislation to favour business sustainability and collective agreements’ ratification

July, 2020
  • New Zealand corporate and commercial property laws were temporarily reformed to increase the prospect of business surviving;
  • Employment and industrial relations regulations were reformed to include electronic means of signing collective agreements.
Newsletter May, 2020

Bangladesh Employers’ Federation (BEF) Assessing the Impact of the Crisis

May, 2020
  • BEF published a study on possible scenarios, impact of COVID-19 and the consequences on the Bangladeshi labour market and economy.
  • BEF also produced an “Aide-Mémoire” to serve as a checklist for employers, managers, supervisors and workers when the factories reopen post COVID-19.   
  • On the basis of the study and the consequences on the Bangladeshi labour market and economy, BEF advocated for realistic assessment in support of enterprises and business to allow them to create jobs.

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