COVID-19, the Corona Virus Disease pandemic - information updates and trade union responses

COVID-19 is spreading throughout Europe leading governments, EU institutions and social partners to take emergency measures to protect people’s health and lives and avoid an unprecedented economic downturn. 

At this time, industriAll Europe’s concerns focus on:

  • protecting workers’ health in our industries especially those who cannot work remotely,

  • ensuring that workers placed in quarantine or those obliged to stay home to care for other people benefit from sick pay without any financial loss,
  • ensuring that workers are financially compensated as companies are temporarily shutting down either for sanitary reasons or due to shortage of supply.

To support our affiliated organisations, we are collecting information on the economic and social impact in the different industrial sectors in Europe as well as on the emergency measures taken to support both the affected workers and companies. 

We are collecting and presenting information received from our affiliates and selected press articles (Planet Labour).


IndustriAll Europe

  • statement calling for a collective EU response and protection of workers ENFRDE
  • statement - no worker should be forced to work unless required to meet essential needs EN, FR, DE - 24.3
  • practical recommendations for EWCs - joint ETUF document EN, FR, DE, IT, CZ, ES, NL, SV

Sector developments

Company developments/agreements

Collective bargaining agreements

ETUC/ETUI

Cross-industry European Social Partners

National responses to address the COVID-19 emergency



While special measures are in force, the secretariat staff will do telework. Please, contact staff members via email, or if necessary, via mobile phone. Details [ here ]

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