To The Metal
To The Metal


About the project

Project title

Put the pedal to the metal! Agile response to COVID-19 crisis in EU metal industry


Project duration

21 month – starting on 04.03.2020



As COVID-19 swept through the world, it’s caused malaise, loss of lives, and severe disruption to the global economy. 1/3 European employees are vulnerable to change in working conditions, with millions facing redundancies. This triggers a vicious circle: unemployment dampens consumer spending, which sends the market into economic freefall. The proposed action is focused on the metal sector - a backbone of European industry as a base for other sectors incl. construction, mechanical, automotive, engineering, and more. With its underlying issues at the start of the pandemic, it’s desperately fighting off recession.


Any move that involves the workforce can have harsh long-term consequences on the undertaking and market at large. The proposed action assumes a two-pronged solution approach:


  1. Education about information, consultation, and participation mechanisms in companies, with a focus on multinationals; 
  2. Promotion of stakeholder collaboration to find agile solutions to the crisis with underpinning role of company-level social dialogue in planning and implementing solutions.
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