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Factsheet for measure FR-2020-13/222 – measures in France
|Country||France , applies nationwide|
|Time period||Temporary, 26 March 2020 – 30 June 2020|
Employment protection and retention
– Income support for people in employment (e.g., short-time work)
|Author||Frédéric Turlan (IRshare) and Eurofound|
|Measure added||31 March 2020 (updated 10 May 2020)|
The President of the company DANONE announced on french radio that the group will guarantee wages and employment for all employees for the next three months. He also said that a bonus of €1,000 will be paid to 5,000 French employees on site. Also he proposed to help the 15,000 small enterprises that are related to the group Danone with a recovery plan of €250 million, taken from the Danone funds. Besides, Danone has made a gift of masks and 100,000 bottles of Evian water of 33c l as for use as containers for the sanitizer.
The President of the Group Danone, Emmanuel Faber, announced that wages and employment contracts will be guaranteed for all employees for the next 3 months as well as a bonus of €1,000 to be paid to 5,000 french employees on site. Also he proposed to help the 15,000 small enterprises that are related to the group Danone with a recovery plan of 250 millions Euros, taken from the Danone funds. The food giant employs more than 100,000 people, including 9,000 in France, to manufacture dairy and vegetable products, bottled water, baby food and medical food. In France, the CEO of Danone promised, in the event of recourse to partial unemployment measures for supply disruption in a factory or in the event of inability of people to move, to cover 'the whole of the income ... Danone will compensate and ensure that the employees do not lose anything'.
Normally, in France, when a company is forced by the health crisis to limit its activity, the State pays up to 85% of wages. Some companiesm, like Danone, provide the complement.
€1,000 will be paid to 5,000 French employees on site. 15,000 small enterprises that are related to the group Danone will benefit of a recovery plan of €250 million, taken from the Danone funds.
Employees in standard employment
||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:
No involvement known from social partners.
Eurofound (2020), Danone guarantees jobs and salaries to all its employees for 3 months, measure FR-2020-13/222 (measures in France), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, https://static.eurofound.europa.eu/covid19db/cases/FR-2020-13_222.html
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