During 2021, the second year dramatically impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic, Prysmian Group worked intensively with unions in consultations and negotiations, in order to share the best plan for prevention and protection of people in all workplaces, which, in compliance with local regulations, allowed the Group to fight the spread of the virus in its factories and workplaces.
2021 was, in fact, marked by strong union involvement in Italy, and at all affiliates abroad, in the Covid-19 prevention and protection plan: a set of health and safety measures with global guidelines, carefully coordinated centrally by the corporate HE and HSE functions, together with top management. This required a commitment and an unprecedented expenditure of energy and resources for the Group, in order to combat the invisible enemy that is the Covid-19 pandemic.
At European level, Prysmian managed to maintain discussions with the European Works Council (EWC), despite the general ban on travel that continued into 2021 and made it impossible to hold in-person meetings. In-person meetings were replaced with remote meetings, which were made possible using a sophisticated video-meeting platform with support from “live” interpreters.
Around 62% of Group employees were covered by collective bargaining agreements in 2021.