In Italy, workers’ stoppages of production in major factories, Arcelor Mittal, Fiat-Chrysler, Fincantieri, Maserati, Yamaha, Ducati, among others, about inadequate safeguards against infection within factories, pushed three trade union confederations — CGIL, CISL, and UIL — to get a joint protocol with government and employers on 14 March about minimum standards. The agreement has been criticised by grassroots activists as too soft. — Francesco Pontarelli on Global Labour Column
Amazon in France
After French Amazon workers threaten to use the equivalent in French law of Section 44 of the Employment Rights Act 1996 — to withdraw from work areas if they perceive “serious and imminent danger” — French finance minister Bruno Le Maire has said: “These pressures [on workers] are unacceptable, we’ll let Amazon know”.