Press releases

COVID 19 - EFBWW info from and for EFBWW affiliates

25/03/2020

The COVID-19 crisis has turned into a European and global health crisis. More and more countries are taking measures to stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Most countries are practicing some kind of “confinement”. Some countries are going in a complete lockdown.

These measures have an enormous impact on economies, on social and political life and on society as a whole. In some countries, our industries have come to a complete standstill. In other countries, no or very little measures have been taken until now.

Faced with the current health situation, the EFBWW and its affiliates are very concerned about the fact that many workers in our sectors:

- cannot work from home;
- cannot respect the requirements related to social distancing;
- do not possess the necessary protective equipment or work on sites with very basic (hygienic) facilities, etc.
- are posted or migrant workers and quite often have to live together in groups in very basic accommodations and are quite often employed via precarious contracts (self-employed, zero-hours contract, mini-job,…).

The COVID-19 is first and foremost a health crisis. The EFBWW wants to remind all that health insurance and social protection are basic human rights and should be treated as such: health before profit!
The EFBWW will start to prepare a position paper for targeted European measures to support jobs in our industries after the end of this crisis. We believe our industries will be crucial for a quick economic recovery. And we believe our industries are crucial for a just transition towards a carbon neutral society in 2050.

 

More information:
• EFBWW solidarity statement (in EN, FR, D, IT)

• The ETUC has created a webpage dedicated to EU and national trade union responses to COVID-19 crisis: www.etuc.org/en/trade-unions-and-coronavirus

• The COVID-19 crisis is a global crisis; to know more about trade union responses worldwide, see BWI website (www.bwint.org/cms/covid-19-1689)

 and ITUC website (www.ituc-csi.org/covid-19-responses?lang=en)

Responses from our affiliates to the Corona / COVID-19 crisis:
In the past days, we have seen that EFBWW affiliates are working hard to find appropriate, sometimes very creative answers to protect workers. Taking into account the specific framework that might exist in different countries related to health insurance, social protection, labour relations, and ways to support workers and companies, we have asked affiliates to fill in a COVID-19 questionnaire, with the objective to make an inventory of actions, as we believe everyone can learn from experiences in other countries.
You can find specific responses listed per country.
Many affiliates have set up specific webpages related to COVID-19. These are also listed. If we have received other materials, we have also added them.

 

Austria

GBH page with all information and communication related to COVID-19: www.gbh-news.at/corona-info/

GBH reply to EFBWW questionnaire

Belgium

Constructiv guidelines preventive measures on construction sites (NL and FR)

ACV-CSC BIE
https://www.hetacv.be/acvbie/nieuws-en-persberichten (NL)
https://www.lacsc.be/cscbie/actualites-et-communiques-de-presse (FR)

ACCG ABVV-FGTB
https://www.accg.be/nl/sector/bouw (NL)
https://www.accg.be/fr/secteur/construction (FR)

AC ABVV reply to EFBWW questionnaire

CGSLB
www.cgslb.be (NL/FR)

Croatia

SGH: general website

http://www.sgh.hr/

Czech Republic

OS STAVBA: general website

http://www.osstavba.cz/

Denmark

BAT:

BAT reply to EFBWW questionnaire

3F : webpage dedicated to the Corona virus
https://tema.3f.dk/en/3fsprog/corona

3F/CO reply to EFBWW questionnaire

Leaflet tripartite agreement

Malerforbundet: webpage dedicated to the Corona virus
http://www.maler.dk/corona

Dansk El-Forbund: webpage dedicated to the Corona virus
https://www.def.dk/node/5781

Dansk Metal: webpage dedicated to the Corona virus
https://www.danskmetal.dk/feed/sider/saadan-forholder-du-dig-til-covid-19.aspx

Co-industri: webpage dedicated to the Corona virus
https://www.co-industri.dk/artikler/co-industri-og-di-indgaar-aftale-om-force-majeure-og-covid-19

Blik-og Rørarbejderforbundet: webpage dedicated to the Corona virus
https://www.blikroer.dk/corona

Finland

Rakennusliitto: webpage dedicated to the Corona virus
https://rakennusliitto.fi/2020/03/13/rakennusliiton-tapahtumia-siirretaan-ja-perutaan/

Teollisuusliitto: webpage dedicated to the Corona virus
https://www.teollisuusliitto.fi/2020/03/seuraa-liiton-ohjeistuksia-koronavirukseen-liittyen/

PRO: webpage dedicated to the Corona virus
https://www.proliitto.fi/uutiset/tyossa-terveena/kysymyksia-ja-vastauksia-koronaviruksesta-kootusti

France

FO
https://www.force-ouvriere.fr/coronavirus-fo-vous-repond?lang=fr
https://www.preventionbtp.fr/

CFDT: webpage dedicated to the Corona virus

https://www.cfdt-construction-bois.fr/actu-covid-19/actus-juridiques.html

FNCB reply to EFBWW questionnaire

FNSCBA-CGT: General website
www.construction.cgt.fr

Fédération BATI - MAT - T.P. / CFTC : General Website
www.batimattp-cftc.fr

Germany

IG BAU: webpage dedicated to the Corona virus
https://igbau.de/Informationen-zu-Corona.html

IG Metall: webpage dedicated to the Corona virus
https://www.igmetall.de/service/ratgeber/coronavirus-was-arbeitnehmer-jetzt-wissen-sollten

Greece

Greek Federation of Workers and Employees in Cement Industry

https://www.omtsim.gr/articles/metra-prostasias-tis-dimosias-ygeias-mesw-prolipsis-kata-tis-diasporas-tou-koronoiou-covid-19-se-xwrous-ergasias/

Ireland

SIPTU: webpage dedicated to the Corona virus
http://www.siptu.ie/media/covid-19/

Italy

Poster on measures to be taken against Covid-19 (outcome of a Protocol signed by Italian Government and Social Partners on 25/03)

FENEAL-UIL: general website
www.fenealuil.it

FILCA-CISL: general website
www.filca.cisl.it

Leaflet Cura Italia

Leaflet hygiene

FILLEA-CGIL: general website
www.filleacgil.it

Lithuania

LMPF
http://www.lmpf.lt/2020/03/15/pasiulytos-priemones-kaip-organizuoti-darba-ekstremalios-situacijos-metu/

Luxembourg

OGB-L: webpage dedicated to the Corona virus
http://www.ogbl.lu/publications/ogbl-infos-covid-19/

LCGB: webpage dedicated to the Corona virus
https://lcgb.lu/coronavirus-news/

The Netherlands

FNV: webpage dedicated to the Corona virus
https://www.fnv.nl/corona

CNV: webpage dedicated to the Corona virus
https://www.cnvvakmensen.nl/themas/coronavirus

Norway

Norsk Arbeidsmandsforbund: webpage dedicated to the Corona virus
https://arbeidsmandsforbundet.no/informasjon-om-koronavirus/

EL og IT forbundet: webpage dedicated to the Corona virus
https://elogit.no/informasjon-om-coronasituasjonen

Industri Energi: webpage dedicated to the Corona virus
https://www.industrienergi.no/nyhet/here-you-can-read-workrelated-questions-and-answers/

Fellesforbundet: webpage dedicated to the Corona virus
https://www.fellesforbundet.no/aktuelt/nyheter/2020/koronasituasjonen-i-fellesforbundet/

Poland

Solidarnosc: general website
http://www.solidarnosc.org.pl/aktualnosci/wiadomosci

Budowlani reply to EFBWW questionnaire

Slovak Republic

IOZ: general website

https://www.ioz.sk/

https://www.korona.gov.sk/

Slovenia

SDGD: general website

www.sdgd.si

https://www.zsss.si/korona-virus/

Spain

Joint Press release UGT FICA/CCOO Construcción y Servicios

UGT FICA: general website
www.ugt-fica.org

CCOO Construcción y Servicios: general website
https://construccionyservicios.ccoo.es/

ELA Industry and Construction Federation: general website
www.ela.eus

Sweden

GS: webpage dedicated to the Corona virus
https://www.gsfacket.se/sv/press/nyheter/fragor-och-svar-gallande-covid-19/

Byggnads: webpage dedicated to the Corona virus
https://www.byggnads.se/aktuellt/2020/information-om-nya-coronaviruset/

Svenska Elektrikerförbundet: webpage dedicated to the Corona virus
https://www.sef.se/om-oss/nyheter/2020/information-med-anledning-av-det-nya-coronaviruset-covid-19/

Svenska Malareförbundet: webpage dedicated to the Corona virus
https://www.malarna.nu/om-oss/nyheter/2019/fragor--svar--corona/

Unionen: webpage dedicated to the Corona virus
https://www.unionen.se/rad-och-stod/coronaviruset

Information on sector specific agreements related to COVID

SEKO: webpage dedicated to the Corona virus
https://www.seko.se/press-och-aktuellt/svar-pa-vanliga-fragor-om-corona/

Switzerland

UNIA: webpage dedicated to the Corona virus
https://www.unia.ch/de/arbeitswelt/von-a-z/coronavirus

SYNA: webpage dedicated to the Corona virus
https://syna.ch/arbeit/coronavirus

Turkey

YOL-IS: general website
www.yol-is.org.tr

ÖZ AĞAÇ-IŞ: webpage dedicated to the Corona virus
http://www.ozagacis.org.tr/duyuru/korona-virusten-korunma-yontemleri-nelerdir.html

UK

UNITE
https://unitetheunion.org/campaigns/coronavirus-covid-19-advice/

UNITE message on Corona

GMB
https://www.gmb.org.uk/coronavirus-covid-19-what-members-need-know