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Factsheet for measure BG-2020-11/1786 – measures in Bulgaria
|Country||Bulgaria , applies nationwide|
|Time period||Open ended, started on 12 March 2020|
Employment protection and retention
– Working time flexibility
|Author||Tsetomila Sabcheva and Luboslav Kostov (Citub) and Eurofound|
|Measure added||09 March 2021 (updated 11 May 2021)|
Kaufland Bulgaria EOOD and Co. KD is a Bulgarian retail company, part of the Kaufland hypermarket chain of the German Schwartz Group. Kaufland Bulgaria is one of the largest employers in the country, which has key fields for the market. All the time in the conditions of a pandemic, the advantages and opportunities for professional realization were presented. In 2020, a large-scale image campaign was held under the motto "Count on us", which shows employees in various positions in the store network how they work in a pandemic. They call you for your professional path in the company and for your work experience.
Despite the large market losses, the company does not reduce its staff, on the contrary - it invests an additional €5 million in 2020 to increase the remuneration. From the beginning of the campaign to the moment, the company has invested over €1 million in anti-epidemic measures, with the aim of ensuring a safe and secure environment. All employees have the necessary personal precautions - protective masks and helmets, gloves and disinfectants.
The specific measures that have been introduced in order to ensure calm and safe conditions for shopping and work of customers and employees are:
The measures and investments taken for the protection of employees concern the entire staff of Kaufland Bulgaria. That's over 6,000 people. In addition, in 2020, much of the internal staffing organization has undergone changes to protect the workplace of all employees. A new organization was set up in the work schedules in order to minimize the risk of illness among employees. The company is a holder of a certificate "COVID" shield.
|Applies to all workers||Does not apply to businesses||Does not apply to citizens|
Company / Companies
Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:
|Trade unions||Employers' organisations|
|Role||No involvement||No involvement|
|Form||Not applicable||Not applicable|
Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:
|Economic area||Sector (NACE level 2)|
|I - Accommodation And Food Service Activities||I56 Food and beverage service activities|
This case is not occupation-specific.
Eurofound (2021), Kaufland Bulgaria: Care for employees, measure BG-2020-11/1786 (measures in Bulgaria), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, https://static.eurofound.europa.eu/covid19db/cases/BG-2020-11_1786.html
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