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Factsheet for case LU-2020-21/1100 Updated – measures in Luxembourg

Trade union OGBL's priority proposals for the recovery

Propositions prioritaires de l'OGBL en vue de la relance

Country Luxembourg , applies nationwide
Time period Open ended, started on 20 May 2020
Type Non-binding recommendations or other texts
Category Promoting the economic, labour market and social recovery
– Other
Author Patrick Thill (LISER) and Eurofound
Case created 11 September 2020 (updated 07 May 2021)

Background information

In order prepare the crisis' recovery and avoid a social crisis, the representative trade union OGBL put forward a list of non-binding recommendations that emphasise the necessity to support not only the economy and the enterprises, but also wage earners and households to limit major income losses. The trade union underlines the importance to reinforce economic stimulus policies aiming to increase the demand of households, as well as to avoid austerity policies. Measures also emphasise a stabilising effect of social security systems and strong labour legislation. It opposes a privatisation of state services.

Content of measure

The recommendations of the OGBL cover five types of measures:

1. The exit of the crisis So as to avoid situations of social precariousness and reinforce employment, all crisis-linked derogations from labour law should be stopped. Other recommendations concern the maintaining of the extension of periods of absence due to incapacity of work, employment (leave for family reasons, teleworking for cross border workers, …). Also, specific attention should be paid to gender equity in sectors that are specifically hit by the crisis.

2. Employment retention Employment retention instruments are aimed to avoid mass unemployment: among them figure the extension of short-time work, access to the minimum social income and its increase. In addition, deadlines for social plans and the reinforcement of social dialogue in enterprises should be considered.

3. The purchasing power of households OGBL put forward to increase the purchasing power of households by re-examining and increase social benefits such as the indexation of family allowances, the increase of access and amount of rent subsidies, tax credits for vulnerable populations, and the increase of the minimum income.

4. The re-examination of tax measures OGBL considers that the government must avoid any tax measures that increase the burden on households or reduce the premiums of employees.

5. Financing the crisis OGBL is not opposed to a new state loan to finance the crisis. Yet, it favours a longer suspension of the budgetary rules at EU level and the creation of a national solidarity fund. Another important point is that the government should not touch the pension fund and pay attention to the financing of the health system.

Updates

The following updates to this measure have been made after it came into effect.

29 September 2020

The National Committee of the OGBL met on 29 September in Walferdange. It redefined 5 priorities to get out of the crisis:

  1. Work for all
  2. Maintaining purchasing power
  3. Access to housing
  4. Tax justice
  5. A social security system based on solidarity

Use of measure

Not applicable.

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Applies to all workers Applies to all businesses Applies to all citizens

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
Trade unions
European Funds
National funds

Social partners

Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:

Trade unions Employers' organisations
Role Agreed (outcome) incl. social partner initiative No involvement
Form Unknown Not applicable

Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:

  • No involvement
  • Main level of involvement: Peak or cross-sectoral level

Involvement

The recommendations were designed and developed by the OGBL.

Views and reactions

Unknown.

Sources

  • 20 June 2019: Propositions prioritaires de l'OGBL en vue de relance (www.ogbl.lu)
  • 29 September 2020: Priorities to get out of the crisis (www.ogbl.lu)

Citation

Eurofound (2020), Trade union OGBL's priority proposals for the recovery, case LU-2020-21/1100 (measures in Luxembourg), COVID-19 EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, http://eurofound.link/covid19eupolicywatch

Disclaimer: This information has not been subject to the full Eurofound evaluation, editorial and publication process. All information is preliminary and subject to change.