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Job retention plans for travel and training sectors



“Future predictability is difficult to establish for these businesses, due to the persistence of the pandemic,” states the LCGB in a press release. Photo: Shutterstock.

“Future predictability is difficult to establish for these businesses, due to the persistence of the pandemic,” states the LCGB in a press release. Photo: Shutterstock.

Trade unions LCGB and OGBL signed renewed job retention plans covering the travel and private training sectors which have been heavily impacted during the pandemic.

Regarding the travel sector plan, the trade unions reached an agreement with travel agencies union Ulav scheduled to take effect on 1 January 2022 and to last until 28 February 2022. It will provide support to tour operators and travel agencies to prevent redundancies and closures.

“Future predictability is difficult to establish for these businesses, due to the persistence of the pandemic,” states the LCGB in a press release.

Companies in the travel sector, estimated at around 450, will benefit from measures such as temporary labour loans, early retirement, reduced working hours schemes, provisions for continuing or qualifying vocational training. The plan also includes an employment guarantee according to which companies benefiting from the jobs retention plan will not make economic redundancies during the entire period of validity of the plan.

The implementation of the measures and their progress will be tracked by a monitoring committee featuring representatives of the two trade unions and ULAV.

Meanwhile, the OGBL and the LCGB also agreed to renew the job retention plan covering private training centres.

Heavily impacted by the covid-19 pandemic, companies in the sector have been forced to partially close due to the health measures which considerably restrict the holding of face-to-face training sessions. As for travel agencies, this employment maintenance plan aims to avoid redundancies and closures.