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Newsletter September, 2020

Croatia: tripartite taskforce sets new measures to shorten the workweek and support employers

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 

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.

The Algerian “multipartite” Commission started its works

August, 2020
  • 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

Uruguayan Superior Tripartite Council agreed on wage increase for 2021

August, 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.  
Newsletter July, 2020

Turkish social partners joint statement on measures to facilitate the normalisation process

July, 2020
  • 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

Sri Lanka tripartite agreement on the payment of wages on a pro-rated basis

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’.
Newsletter July, 2020

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.

France: upskilling of agency workers agreed by the sectoral social partners

July, 2020
  • Social partners put in place a system supporting  the employability of agency workers

Federation of Kenya Employers (FKE) Sign a Tripartite Memorandum of Understanding to Set the Way forward on Covid-19

July, 2020

The Netherlands: a Bipartite Fund Increases Employability of Agencies’ Workers through a Voucher of 500 Euros for Training

July, 2020
  • 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. 

Nigerian Social Partners contributes towards the growth of the economy and the Nation

July, 2020
  • Promote enterprise sustainability and competitiveness are key as well as decent job creation and protection and economic recovery

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.

India: measures to improve the situation of temporary workers

July, 2020
  • Indian Staffing Federation (ISF) presented proposals to improve the situation of Indian agency workers.
Newsletter May, 2020

South Africa: Social dialogue institution presents solutions to the recovery

May, 2020
  • 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.  

Germany: An Innovative Collective Agreement for the Metal and Electrical Industry

May, 2020
  • 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.

Italy: Tripartite Agreement to Combat and Contain the Spread of the Virus in the Workplace

May, 2020
  • 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.