Eurofound's EU PolicyWatch collates information on the responses of government and social partners to the COVID-19 crisis, the war in Ukraine, rising inflation, as well as gathering examples of company practices aimed at mitigating the social and economic impacts.
Factsheet for measure EU-2020-46/1578 – measures in European Union
|Country||European Union , applies eu-wide (or beyond)|
|Time period||Open ended, started on 09 November 2020|
|Context||COVID-19, Digital Transformation|
|Type||Non-binding recommendations or other texts|
Protection of workers, adaptation of workplace
– Changes in work organisation
|Author||Barbara Surdykowska and Eurofound|
|Measure added||09 December 2020 (updated 13 December 2020)|
IndustriALL European Trade Union and the Council of European Employers of the Metal Engineering and Technology based Industries (CEEMET) issued a joint position concerning the impact of digitalisation on the world of work in the metal industries (MET). Since they recognised that the COVID-19 pandemic is a tipping point for technology dissemination and the digital transformation of MET industries and workplaces.
Particular attention was paid to the future collaboration of humans and robots in the post-COVID metal industry. Cobots (what means working in tandem with robots) have become a safe option for cooperating with workers. They are one of the major advances of recent years and contribute to a sustainable working life for employees of the MET sector.
IndustriAll Europe and Ceemet have expressed their firm belief that the search for tailor-made solutions will become increasingly important as digital transformation occurs at different pace in different regions and enterprises and in the context of rapidly changing technological parameters. The social partners identified four areas where social dialogue can shape ongoing technological change for the benefit of both employers and employees.
Not yet available.
Sector specific set of companies
||Does not apply to citizens|
EU level social partners
No special funding required
Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:
|Trade unions||Employers' organisations|
|Role||Agreed (outcome) incl. social partner initiative||Agreed (outcome) incl. social partner initiative|
|Form||Direct consultation outside a formal body||Direct consultation outside a formal body|
Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:
Joint initiative of social partners.
The view of social partners is positive since it's their own initiative.
|Economic area||Sector (NACE level 2)|
|C - Manufacturing||C24 Manufacture of basic metals|
|C25 Manufacture of fabricated metal products, except machinery and equipment|
|Occupation (ISCO level 2)|
|Metal, machinery and related trades workers|
Eurofound (2020), Working in tandem with robots - Joint social partner position, measure EU-2020-46/1578 (measures in European Union), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, https://static.eurofound.europa.eu/covid19db/cases/EU-2020-46_1578.html
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