European Foundation
for the Improvement of
Living and Working Conditions

The tripartite EU agency providing knowledge to assist
in the development of better social, employment and
work-related policies

COVID-19 EU PolicyWatch

Database of national-level responses

Eurofound's COVID-19 EU PolicyWatch collates information on the responses of government and social partners to the crisis, as well as gathering examples of company practices aimed at mitigating the social and economic impacts.

Factsheet for case LU-2020-48/1515 Updated – measures in Luxembourg

Unions want to speed up tripartite national social dialogue

Les syndicats souhaitent accélérer la tripartite Le syndicat LCGB exige une tripartite avant la fin de l'année Le syndicat LCGB exige une tripartite avant la fin de l'année

Country Luxembourg , applies nationwide
Time period Open ended, started on 23 November 2020
Type Tripartite agreements
Category Promoting the economic, labour market and social recovery
– Active labour market policies, incl. subsidised job creation
Author Patrick Thill (LISER) and Eurofound
Case created 30 November 2020 (updated 06 August 2021)

Background information

Prior to the Prime Minister's press conference on 23 November 2020, the "Lëtzebuerger Chrëschtleche Gewerkschaftsbond" (LCGB, Luxembourg Christian Trade Union Confederation) and "Onofhängege Gewerkschaftsbond Lëtzebuerg" (OGBL,Independent Trade Union Confederation of Luxembourg) unions expressed their wish to organise a tripartite before the end of the year. According to the unions, such a measure would be necessary to take into account the difficult situation created by the COVID-19 crisis, especially if a second lockdown takes place.

Content of measure

The trade unions, notably the LCGB wants all the actors - government, employers and trade unions - to discuss the necessary measures to avoid a wave of bankruptcies in the sectors affected by the renewed lockdown, as well as the extension of short-time work. Especially since the catering and events industry, to name but two sectors, was already severely shaken by the first lockdown in March and weakened by the subsequent uncertain and turbulent times. Although state aid to enterprises has been announced, the LCGB is today calling on the government to develop measures to safeguard jobs, incomes and the livelihoods of workers.

Updates

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

01 May 2021

The trade unions' demand for a national tripartite is still on the table but is not echoed by the other social partners. This is why the measure is still active and remains topical without an end date.

12 April 2021

The trade unions: LCGB, OGBL and CGFP, have written to the Prime Minister asking for a round table discussion between the social partners to assess the situation and agree on the measures to be taken. Their request remains unanswered.

Use of measure

Not available.

Contents

  • Solidarity

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Applies to all workers Applies to all businesses Does not apply to citizens

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
Social partners jointly
National funds

Social partners

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

Trade unions Employers' organisations
Role Consulted Informed
Form Unknown Not applicable

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

  • Only trade unions
  • Main level of involvement: Peak or cross-sectoral level

Involvement

For the time being it is just a proposal from the unions, mainly the LCGB. As far as the unions are concerned, the LCGB has taken the initiative and would like to see a tripartite meeting before the end of 2020. For the time being, the idea of organising a tripartite at the national level is only discussed through the exchange of views through press releases.

Views and reactions

As far as the unions are concerned, the LCGB has taken the initiative and would like to see a tripartite meeting before the end of 2020. On the other hand, the OGBL does not want to force negotiations at all costs in order to give the social partners enough time to prepare seriously. As far as the employers are concerned, in particular the Union des Entreprises Luxembourgeoises (UEL), it sees no need to organise a national tripartite in relation to the pandemic. For the UEL, the priority would rather be to improve the skills of employees in terms of digitalisation.

Sources

  • 25 November 2020: L'UEL et la fausse bonne idée d'une nouvelle tripartit (www.wort.lu)
  • 12 April 2021: Request for a tripartite meetin (www.wort.lu)

Citation

Eurofound (2020), Unions want to speed up tripartite national social dialogue, case LU-2020-48/1515 (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.