Social Dialogue Newsletter April, 2021
- Social partners recently confirmed the joint recommendations signed in December 2019 on collective dismissals and agreed to assess their content again within three years
- The Government communicated its desire to evaluate an improvement of the entire system, thus overriding the social dialogue outcome.
Newsletter March, 2021
- On 6 April 2021 Italian social partners and the government signed an agreement on a company vaccination plan.
- It is the first tripartite agreement of this type.
- In January 2021 Belgian social partners signed a framework agreement on methods of work, working conditions and occupational health and safety for employees working from remote
- The agreement leaves room to further agreements at the company level or specific individual agreement
Newsletter February, 2021
- In Vietnam, labour laws, policies and practices are going through significant changes. A new labour code entered into force in January 2021
- New policies put greater emphasis on social dialogue at the workplace, collective bargaining and diversified types of Collective Bargaining Agreements (CBAs)
- Following allegation of corruption in a public health insurance company, a bipartite institution requested the Government to halt the annual increase on the health contribution;
- It also requested the Government for the suspension in the rise of social security contributions.
Newsletter January, 2021
- The Singaporean government and social partners work together to build an ecosystem of support for mental wellness.
- The recommendations are built around three pillars: individual, team and organisational level.
- Two years after a platform company signed a collective agreement with a trade union, the Danish Competition and Consumer Authority considered it does not align with the EU competition law
- The authority required the company to partially modify their business model to fully comply with the EU law
Newsletter December, 2020
- The tripartite dialogue concluded with 23 consensual agreements on various matters
- It triggered the discussion and finalisation of the implementing regulation on telework
- After 11 years of difficult relationships, the company signed a collective agreement with the pilot trade union Acdac.
- A few days later the company reached another agreement with the cabin crew trade union, Acav.
- On 26 November 2020, French social partners concluded a national interprofessional agreement on telework, that provides a framework clarifying the rules and modalities of remote working.
- The text encourages social dialogue at the company and sectoral levels.
- The text contains important updates and simplification measures compared to the previous collective agreement, on categories, qualifications, organisation of work, and salaries.
Newsletter November, 2020
- The private employment service sector signs an agreement with the trade unions that clarifies the “neutrality” of this extension vis-à-vis the maximum number of extensions.
- The bonus is not part of the salary.
- Social peace must be ensured during the duration of the agreement.
- Work councils and committees for prevention of psychosocial risks and protection of work are in the process of being elected in Belgium.
- The elections concern more than 6,000 companies.
- Two tripartite Committees designed measures to sustain enterprises, employment and economic resilience.
- Ghana’s Employers’ Association was at the forefront of these negotiations and successfully presented multiple proposals to support business and as a result employees.
- Social partners of the staffing sector agreed to renew the collective agreement on outsourcing of services (“Location de services”) valid for the entire country and signed the first time in 2012.
- The collective agreement defines working conditions and remuneration steps, as well as training possibilities and social security conditions.
Newsletter October, 2020
- The survey analysed and compared different types of collective bargaining process.
- “Two-thirds of workers are estimated to have their wages set via a collective wage agreement”.
- Bargaining coverage is higher in countries with sectoral collective agreement extended to non-signatory companies and workers.
- Social dialogue paved the road to a change into the Employment Code Act
- Social partners agreement was key to achieve a consensual decision with the Government
- Social partners get together to concretely support 100,000 jobseekers.
- Identify and develop job opportunities and skills training are the goals of the tripartite National Jobs Council.
- Job opportunities are developed through temporary assignments, attachments and traineeships.
Newsletter September, 2020
- The Committee was established on the top of the existing social dialogue institutions with the objective to deal with issues specific to Covid-19 crisis.
- One of the topics for reflection is a new legislation on remote working.
- Croatia introduced a shortened workweek to support companies in their recovery phase
- Social dialogue was at the foundation of this initiative
- Business with over 10 employees significantly impacted by the Covid-19 crisis can receive financial support to compensate labour costs
Newsletter August, 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”.
- 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.
- The Algerian government established a national commission to discuss the Covid-19 impact
- The dialogue is considered as a pre-condition to Covid-19 recovery
- Employers put forward several proposals for recovery
Newsletter July, 2020
- The social partners agreed for the Commerce and Services sector a nominal increase of wages of 3% as of 1 January 2021, with one additional point for the lowest salaries.
- Social partners requested the government to extend the short-term working allowance scheme until the end of 2020.
- They also suggested that businesses paying the wage differences between short-term and normal wages should be provided more incentives and exemption of income tax
Newsletter July, 2020
- On 4th May 2020, the Sri Lankan social partners and the Ministry of Skills Development, Employment and Labour Relations reached a tripartite agreement for “Pro-rate Wages Based on Varied Levels of Deployment”.
- This agreement paves the way to further discuss and solidify schemes such as ‘job sharing’.
- 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.
- Social partners put in place a system supporting the employability of agency workers
- Vouchers can be used for training on the job, or on-boarding at a client or at a regular employer.
- So far 595 agency workers used the voucher to upscale their workers and fill vacancies of sectors in higher need.
- Promote enterprise sustainability and competitiveness are key as well as decent job creation and protection and economic recovery
- 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.
Newsletter May, 2020
- Indian Staffing Federation (ISF) presented proposals to improve the situation of Indian agency workers.
- South African social partners gathered with the government and civil society to present proposals during the crisis.
- A temporary Employer/Employee Relief Scheme was developed.
- South African social dialogue institution National Economic Development Council (NEDLAC) was called to provide proposals and solutions on the means to mitigate unemployment and assist employees suspended from work.
- A new collective agreement sought to mitigate the impact from Covid-19 outbreak for businesses and workers in the metal and electrical industry until the end of 2020.
- Key elements of the agreement were the suspension of wage increases and the facilitation of short-term working schemes.
- Italian social partners agreed on a shared protocol for occupation health and safety.
- The protocol provides general health and safety guidance to companies and workers to work safely and combat the spread of Covid-19.