Vaccination against COVID-19 is progressing well in the richest countries, but inequalities in access to vaccine around the world remain large. We are also talking about vaccinations that want to be massive but not mandatory, even if some countries want to move forward or have already met their commitments.
Regarding the rules imposed by companies, there are controversial decisions as they appear to be Google decisions. Apparently, the first to leave the company will be employees who do not want to get vaccinated.
Google requires employees to be vaccinated
Companies have internally adapted their policies to suit the evolving pandemic. While many initially switched to telecommuting, others saw their workplaces adapted to accommodate social distancing policies, and with continued vaccinations, many are asking their employees for vaccination certificates.
Google is one of the companies doing this. This is not new information. However CNBC revealed now the information contained in the internal memo, which is distributed among the employees of the company.
According to what was disclosed, employees were required to update their vaccination status information by December 3, with the need to upload documentation to prove this. In this case, employees either submit a declaration of vaccination, or can file an average exemption, or even request a religious exemption.
Salary first, then work
However, there is another deadline - January 18, which is indicated in the memo. If vaccination rules are not followed by this deadline, employees will be sent on "paid administrative leave" for 30 days. They will then be sent on “unpaid personal leave”.
This punishment will last for a maximum of 6 months. After that, the next step is dismissal.
Google wants its employees to come to the company 3 days a week, alternating, but this requires the additional safety provided by the vaccine.
As a reminder, the Biden administration arrived and asked American companies with more than 100 employees to provide full vaccinations and regular testing of employees.
Anyone entering a Google office must be fully vaccinated or have approved housing to work or visit the site. Frequent testing is not a viable alternative to vaccination.
This was announced by a company spokesman in a statement to CNBC.
European companies are looking in the EMEA region (which covers Europe, the Middle East and Africa) for an alternative to manufacturing and sourcing in Ukraine and Asia after months of supply chain disruptions, according to a new Supply Chain Disruptions report sponsored by JLL.
According to this report, there are several companies operating in the retail and manufacturing sectors that have already decided to partially or completely redistribute their production, and the data shows that the new European beneficiaries of the “reorientation” are Central Europe and Romania, and the European borders with Turkey and Morocco are also on the radar.
This trend follows a pandemic that has caused disruption in distribution networks and serious problems in ports and airports, so companies have begun to choose “reshoring” as an attempt to solve the problem of disruption in supply chains.
JLL also expects that the shortage of land and labor will boost demand in Central Europe, from the primary market to the secondary and tertiary markets, the latter strategically located.
Data from Flexport (a global logistics platform) shows that the average container flight from Asia to Europe has almost doubled since 2019, and Buck Consultants International (BCI) research confirms the same as JLL: more than 60% of US and European companies plan to send part of their products back to their country of origin.
Given the existing transport networks and logistics gateways, it can be said that goods will circulate primarily along two distribution corridors: the traditional European dorsal (from central England to northern Italy) and the emerging “Black Sea banana” connecting Budapest. to the Black Sea.
Marlene Tavares, Head of Retail Investment and Logistics at JLL, explains: “The discussion about nearshoring (where operations move to a country close to the country of origin, as opposed to offshoring) is not new. Rising wages in places with low-cost production and increased risk from climate change, strikes and accidents such as the blockade of the Suez Canal have sparked controversy over the issue over the past decade.
However, a more favorable cost-risk ratio and the loss of many manufacturing infrastructures in Europe continued to give the Asian continent an advantage in hosting large distribution centers and manufacturing a wide range of products. This scenario is now changing due to the recent situation as well as new consumption habits. In this context, Portugal has a competitive advantage due to its very attractive geographic location and demographics, which place us prominently in the European Neighborhood Strategy,” he emphasizes.
Emirates announces this Monday, December 5th that it has stepped up its operations at Gatwick Airport, one of the terminals serving London, England, by adding a third daily flight on a large Airbus A380 double-decker aircraft.
The additional operation will offer more than 1,000 seats on the Dubai-Gatwick line every day of the week. Emirates flight EK11 departs Dubai at 02:50, flight EK15 at 07:40 and flight EK09 at 14:25.
In addition to the company’s services at Heathrow Airport, which has six A380s a day, the connection between Dubai and London now has an incredible 9 flights a day on the world’s largest passenger transport aircraft.
Emirates currently serves the UK with 119 weekly flights from seven hubs, including: London Heathrow Airport (A380) six times a day; three times a day to London Gatwick (A380); daily service to London Stansted (B777); three times a day to Manchester (A380); dual daily service to Birmingham (B777); daily flights to Newcastle (B777); and a daily service to Glasgow (B777).
José Socrates, Enrique Granadeiro and Zeynal Bava are demanding compensation for what is left of the assets of Espírito Santo International (ESI). The Central Civil Court of Lisbon, in which three defendants and five defendants, including Ricardo Salgado, are suspected of causing more than 72 million euros in damage to the GES universe.
Challenging this charge, in addition to a plea of not guilty, the three are asking the court to sentence the insolvent property complex “to pay compensation for the recovery of all costs and restitution for all losses caused by this form of litigation,” the defense stressed. former Prime Minister of the Socialists.
The bankruptcy filing states that since at least 2007, the defendants have been paid “large sums” that turned out to be “illegal and unreasonable counterparties” in defense of the interests of GES, “namely, in the strategy laid out by Ricardo Salgado in defense of the interests of the group in PT ”, but also in the mission to “put an end to the participation of the PT group in the share capital of the operator VIVO” – Luxembourg masters Alain Rukavina and Paul Laplum, managers of insolvent property and authors The process said that this money was transferred “to the detriment of the assets” of ESI and the Group’s offshore companies HPS.
As for the administrators of insolvent property, Granadeiro and Bava were to be paid “for their work contrary to their professional duties and interests of the PT in their positions of authority”, and Socrates, as prime minister, would receive money from the government. Espírito Santo Group “to act in accordance with the strategies identified by Ricardo Salgado for PT to the detriment of the public interest.”