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Factsheet for measure PT-2020-11/1529 – measures in Portugal
|Country||Portugal , applies nationwide|
|Time period||Open ended, started on 09 March 2020|
Ensuring business continuity and support for essential services
– Change of work arrangements (working time, rota schemes)
|Author||Paula Carrilho (Centro de Estudos para a Intervenção Social)|
|Measure added||01 December 2020 (updated 02 February 2021)|
Norauto, a company specialised in automotive equipment and maintenance, faced a drop in activity as consequence of COVID-19 pandemic. In order to face these consequences, Norauto was forced to place 40% of its workforce in lay-off and decided to reduce working hours in order to facilitate shifts among workers.
In order to face the consequences of COVID-19 pandemic, Norauto was forced to put 40% of its workforce in lay-off and decided to reduce working hours in order to facilitate shifts among workers. As a way to develop strategies to overcome this crisis, the company created three autonomous teams with different objectives:
All workers in the various departments, including laid-off workers, were involved in the decisions taken due to COVID-19. A telephone line was created to support workers in lay-off, both for administrative matters and for psychological counselling. The intention is to make these workers feeling included, as part of the company.
All workers have been part of the strategic plan to face the COVID-19 pandemic crisis.
|Applies to all workers||Does not apply to businesses||Does not apply to citizens|
Company / Companies
No special funding required
Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:
|Trade unions||Employers' organisations|
|Form||Not applicable||Not applicable|
Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:
|Economic area||Sector (NACE level 2)|
|G - Wholesale And Retail Trade; Repair Of Motor Vehicles And Motorcycles||G45 Wholesale and retail trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles|
This case is not occupation-specific.
Eurofound (2020), Norauto: Employees involvement against COVID-19 challenges and change work organisation, measure PT-2020-11/1529 (measures in Portugal), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, https://static.eurofound.europa.eu/covid19db/cases/PT-2020-11_1529.html
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