Social Dialogue Newsletter September, 2020
- 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.