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Factsheet for measure HU-2020-10/1415 – measures in Hungary
, applies locally
|Time period||Temporary, 05 March 2020 – 01 May 2020|
Protection of workers, adaptation of workplace
– Occupational health and safety
|Author||Nóra Krokovay (KOPINT-Tárki) and Eurofound|
|Measure added||09 November 2020 (updated 08 June 2022)|
The measures were introduced in the first wave of the pandemic in March 2020. The main aim of the measure was to prevent layoffs, which succeeded. The only redundancies were cases which were initiated before the pandemic outbreak. Also because state support for COVID-19 defence, including PCR testing is limited in Hungary, the fact that the company finances such preventive measures at no expense to the employee is beneficial for job protection.
The company introduced widespread testing on employees and purchased protective gear, introduced temperature taking, provided workers with vitamin supplements at company expense. All work processes were reviewed and protective (plexiglass) walls were installed and social distancing rules observed throughout the manufacturing areas. Buses used in transporting employees to work were disinfected with ozone disinfection technology.
Vulnerable worker groups (based on age and health status) were allowed to work remotely from home. Some employees requested to go on unpaid leave, this was granted.
The company availed of the government’s short-time work scheme for about 20% of its employees. The company donated respirators it had manufactured to Hungarian hospitals.
The measures were introduced across-the-board to benefit all employees.
Employees in standard employment
The COVID-19 risk group at the workplace
|Does not apply to businesses||Does not apply to citizens|
Social partners jointly
Company / Companies
Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:
|Trade unions||Employers' organisations|
|Form||Direct consultation outside a formal body||Direct consultation outside a formal body|
Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:
Trade unions were involved in designing the measures from day one. Any changes in employee work schedules or conditions were reviewed on a case-by-case basis with the involvement of the TU, according to the company executive interviewed.
Social partners were supportive of the measure and of the company's aim to keep people in employment despite limited state support during the COVID-19 pandemic.
|Economic area||Sector (NACE level 2)|
|C - Manufacturing||C26 Manufacture of computer, electronic and optical products|
This case is not occupation-specific.
Eurofound (2020), Large electronics manufacturer – COVID-19 defence measure, measure HU-2020-10/1415 (measures in Hungary), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, https://static.eurofound.europa.eu/covid19db/cases/HU-2020-10_1415.html
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