COVID-19: Joint statements and calls for action to fight COVID-19 by employers and workers in specific sectors

Employers and workers in many social and economic sectors have followed in the footsteps of the International Organisation of Employers (IOE) and the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) and developed joint statements and calls for action to protect workers and support enterprises. These include:

Resource list | 17 April 2020

Shipping, ports, fisheries and inland waterways

New Statement of the Officers of the STC 1 on the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) - 1 October 2020

Joint letter to the Secretary-General of the United Nations urgently calling for governments to ensure safe crew changes and travel during the COVID-19 pandemic by supporting the implementation of the ICS-ITF Recommended protocols for ensuring safe ship crew changes and travel during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, by the International  Chamber of Shipping, International Trade Union Confederation and International Transport Workers’ Federation.

Message to G20 leaders and ministers on facilitating essential movement of seafarers and marine personnel, a joint statement by the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) and International Transport Workers' Federation (ITF)

Joint letter by ECSA and ETF to the Council on urgent regulatory measures for the shipping industry, by the European Community Shipowners’ Association (ECS) and the European Transport Workers’ Federation (ETF)

Statement of the Officers on the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), by the Special Tripartite Committee (STC) established under Article XIII of the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006.

Social Partners in the fisheries sector urgently call for special regulatory measures and actions to secure the free circulation of fishermen, a joint letter by the European Transport Workers Federation (ETF) and Europêche

Joint Open Letter to United Nations agencies from the global maritime transport industry on facilitating crew changes to keep world trade moving, by the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) and International Transport Workers' Federation​ (ITF)

Follow-up letter on the free movement of fishermen by the European Transport Workers Federation (ETF) and Europêche​​

Crew change: ITF and JNG Joint Statement by the Joint Negotiating Group (JNG) representing employers and the International Transport Workers Federation (ITF) representing seafarers unions and their members statement welcoming the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) Circular Letter (No.4204/Add.14) of 5 May 2020 to all IMO Member States, United Nations and specialised agencies, Inter-governmental and Non-governmental organizations in consultative status with IMO

Transport (including civil aviation, railways and road transport)

Covid-19 pandemic: The continuity of passenger transport services is crucial, a joint statement by the International Union of Railways (UIC), the International Association of Public Transport (UITP), United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) and the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF)

ITF/IRU: Joint demands for governments and international bodies, a joint statement by the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) and International Road Transport Union (IRU)

IATA and ITF joint statement on aviation support, a joint statement by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF).

Financial services

Joint statement of the European Social Partners in the Banking and Insurance Sectors on the COVID-19 Emergency Crisis, by UNI Europa Finance, the Banking Committee for European Social Affairs of the European Banking Federation (EBF BCESA), the European Savings and Retail Banking Group (ESBG), the European Association of Cooperative Banks (EACB), Insurance Europe, the Association of Mutual Insurers and Insurance Cooperatives in Europe (AMICE), and the European Federation of Insurance Intermediaries (BIPAR)

Commerce

Joint declaration on protective measures for workers and customers in the food retail sector during the Covid-19 pandemic, a joint declaration by UNI Global Union, Auchan Retail and Carrefour Group

Public Service

Social services are essential to overcoming the current crisis and need active support, a joint statement by the European Public Service Union (EPSU) and the Federation of European Social Employers

Hotels, catering and tourism

The COVID-19 Pandemic in Personal and Household Services, a joint statement by the European Federation of Food, Agriculture and Tourism Trade Unions (EFFAT), the European Federation for Family Employment & Homecare (EFFE), the European Federation for Services to Individuals (EFSI) and UNI-Europa

Food and drink trade unions and industry call for worker support, a joint statement by the European Federation of Food, Agriculture and Tourism Trade Unions (EFFAT) and FoodDrinkEurope

Emergency measures are needed to overcome the economic and social impact of COVID-19 pandemic on travel agents’ and tour operators’ community, a joint statement of the European Travel Agents’ and Tour Operators’ Associations (ECTAA) and UNI Europa Global Union 

Construction

Joint recommendations to counteract the negative impact and consequences of the current COVID-19 crisis for the construction industry, from the European Federation of Builders and Woodworkers (EFBWW) and European Construction Industry Federation (FIEC).

Media, culture, graphical and sports

Joint Statement by the Performing Arts Employers’ Associations League Europe (Pearle*), the EURO-MEI-UNI-Europa Media, Entertainment and Arts division, the International Feder¬ation of Musicians (FIM) and the International Federation of Actors (FIA)

Joint Resolution by the European Club Association (ECA), the European Professional Football Leagues (European Leagues) and the International Organisation of Professional Football Players’ Associations (FIFPro), together with UEFA

Fighting the global COVID-19 crisis in the film and TV production sector, a joint statement by Animation in Europe, The European Audiovisual Production (CEPI), EUROCINEMA, The International Federation of Actors (FIA), FIAPF, Federation of European Film Directors (FERA), the Federation of Screenwriters in Europe (FSE) and the Media, Entertainment & Arts Sector of UNI Global Union (UNI MEI)

Textiles, clothing, leather and footwear

COVID-19: Action in the Global Garment Industry, a call to action by the International Organisation of Employers (IOE), the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) and IndustriALL Global Union

Postal and telecommunications services

Joint statement by UPU and UNI Global Union, on postal operations during the COVID-19 pandemic

Woodworking and furniture industries

Joint statement of the European social partners in the Woodworking and Furniture Industries Sectors on the COVID-19 crisis, by the European Confederation of Woodworking Industries (CEI-Bois) and the European Federation of Building and Woodworkers (EFBWW) in the wood working sectors; the EFBWW, the European Furniture Industries Confederation (EFIC) and the European Furniture Manufacturers Federation (UEA) in the furniture sectors; and the European Panel Federation (EPF) and the European Organisation of the Sawmill Industry (EOS) in the the wood panel industry.

Utilities

Declaration for the social protection of ENGIE employees worldwide in times of pandemic Covid 19, by the ENGIE energy company, IndustriALL Global Union, Public Services International (PSI), and Building and Wood Worker’s International (BWI)

Health services

EFFAT – EFFE – EFSI – UNI-Europa Joint Statement on the COVID-19 Pandemic in Personal and Household Services (PHS), by the European Federation of Food, Agriculture and Tourism Trade Unions (EFFAT), European Federation for Family Employment & Home Care (EFFE), European Federation for Services to Individuals (EFSI) ​and UNI Global Union Europa