Supporting Workers’ Involvement in Addressing the Impact of the Coronavirus Crisis
The novel Coronavirus has posed an enormous challenge to the extractive industries which in many European countries has been severely affected. The extractive industries have suffered a significant economic damage due to the fall in production and subsequent economic problems and are in need of restructuring to respond the challenges posed by COVID-19 and its impact. The economic toll of the Coronavirus resulted in many challenges for extractive industries’ workers. The main challenges in this regard will be short term working and already prevalent lay-offs which require workers and workers’ representatives’ active involvement in order to realize the right to information, consultation and participation. The project should collect transnational best practice and devise the methods to smoothly overcome the Coronavirus crisis. This project, to this end, aims at realizing workers’ right and making them more familiar with the relevant EU laws on employee participation. The project should help social partners voice their needs and challenges to support the socially responsible transformation of the economic model of the extractive industries which does not leave behind the interest of workers and employers. Project provides a full project cycle including preparatory, implementation, dissemination follow-up and reporting activities. It is promoted by consortium consisted of representatives of workers, employers and think-tanks, universities from old EU Member States: Spain, Greece, new EU MSs: Bulgaria, Romania, Poland and candidate countries Serbia, North Macedonia. The main target groups are employees and employers from extractive industries, trade unions, social partners, EU-level decision-makers.