Safran signs a global agreement with IndustriALL Global
On 18 October the French high-tech aerospace and defence group signed a global framework agreement on corporate social responsibility and all of the company’s other major social and HR policy topics.
ASOS signs a global framework agreement with IndustriALL Global
In a Global Framework Agreement (GFA) signed on 02 October, the UK clothing company ASOS commits to adopting policies and procedure that develop collective bargaining and social dialogue along its supply chain so as to bolster workers rights across the globe as they produce ASOS labeled products.
Safran: renews its European Framework Agreement for Professional Integration of Young People
On 19 September, Safran Group together with the European Industry Union Federation, IndustriALL Europe, renewed the European Framework Agreement for Professional Integration of Young People, which was first signed in 2013. Retaining the same goal of facilitating its hiring momentum as well as the professional integration of young people, the new text notably strengthens its quantitative goals and how it recognizes the status of tutor.
The European Court of Human Rights outlines essential guarantees surrounding electronic communications surveillance and monitoring
In a ruling handed down on 05 September, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) set out the conditions under which an employer has the right to monitor an employee’s electronic communications. This particular case led to a second examination by the Court’s Grand Chamber of a ruling the ECHR had delivered on 12 January 2016 this time resulting in a contrary outcome.
France : the government presents its set of labor law reform ordinances
On 31 August, French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe together with the labor Minister, Muriel Pénicaud present five ordinances under the enabling legislative framework adopted on 02 August
. This law authorizes the government to accelerate reform of the country’s labor law by operating outside the regular legislative process. The ordinances address in particular labor tribunal compensation ceilings for cases of unfair dismissal, the geographic scope within which employment termination for economic cause is recognized, the introduction of the
Germany: insurance sector pay to rise 3.7% over 29 months
The insurance sector social partners compromised on a sector agreement that includes a two-stage 3.7% pay rise. Other provisions include introducing the right to a qualification, primarily when divisions and job positions become digitalized. The agreement also intends to open negotiations for an agreement on mobile working. Fears over digitalization in the insurance sector will hit jobs weighed heavily on the negotiations.
Spain: Axa Seguros becomes first company to recognise ‘right to disconnect’
The agreement also looks to help workers achieve a work-life balance, by developing distance work and flexible working hours. This initiative from Axa comes at a time when the Spanish labour ministry has been showing interest in the law which recently came into force in France. It is also an issue on which the country’s trade unions would like to open the debate.
France: ordinance published on non-financial CSR reporting
In keeping with the spirit of the Directive this new legislative move switches from the requirement for companies to report social and environmental impacts of their business to an obligation for companies to inform on social and environmental risks, and human rights risks as well as any reasonable due diligence procedures they have implemented to anticipate and prevent these risks.
United Kingdom: government has published its Brexit related European Union (Withdrawal) Bill
What this Act will do, if enacted, is to incorporate into UK law as domestic law all existing EU law that currently applies to the UK. Thereafter, the UK government and parliament can amend those laws as they please, so that eventually there could be significant differences between UK law and EU law. There are many on the right wing of the Conservative Party who would very much like to see a bonfire of EU-inspired employment laws, especially the Working Time Directive and the Agency Workers Directive.
Bangladesh: over twenty leading fashion brands signed a new safety agreement with garment factories
On 29 June twenty-three leading ready-to-wear fashion brands together with the IndustriALL and Uni Global Union organizations signed a new safety agreement covering Bangladeshi garment factories.
Sodexo: signs a global agreement with the IUF over preventing sexual harassment at work
In line with the direction set in the international framework agreement signed by both Sodexo and the IUF in December 2011 on commitments to respect fundamental rights at work, namely freedom of association and collective bargaining that provided for a continual and progressive dialogue between Sodexo management, Sodexo employee representatives and the IUF (c.f. article No. 11077
), the parties have signed a second agreement this time on the prevention of sexual harassment at work.
Germany: the German economy is adapting its professions to meet the digital age
Following the publication of the Green and White Papers on the topic, which places employee training at the center of the process, the political parties, by now all in full election mode, are putting forward a proposal for State-funded continuous training and the establishment of national bodies to manage the transition process towards digitalization, as well as ‘lifelong learning’. Other processes have also been launched including an overhaul of apprenticeship and continuous training courses, set to start in the summer of 2018.
Italy: permanent employment contracts stalling as Jobs Act related fiscal incentives come to an end
Labor market reforms (Jobs Act), which lowered the social charges that were put in place by the Renzi government to encourage permanent employment contract hiring, came to an end at the start of 2017. Since then the rate of permanent employment hiring has slowled markedly whilst temporary employment contracts have increased instead.
EU: EU Commission seeks to shape globalization
On 10 May the European Commission published a reflection document entitled, ‘Harnessing Globalisation’ affirming that solutions do not lie in national protectionism or in isolationism, or indeed in laissez-faire. For the EU Commission, solutions lie in Europe’s capacity to speak with one voice during multilateral talks, to strengthen global governance, and to promote faire trade thus ‘shaping’ globalization so that it reflects Europe’s values.
EU: the Commission launches a new directive on parental leave as well as a debate on the rights of non-standard workers
The social partners are consulted over the directive on employment contract information and the second over access to social protection. Both consultation issues have formed part of the discussion over new forms of employment and over minimum protection levels for workers on the fringes of salaried employment
EU : Tomorrow’s Social Europe undergoing a thorough debate
The EU social package of 26 April is turned unremittingly towards the future. The European Commission is effectively proposing a European Pillar of social rights with a view to encouraging upwards convergence. The EU Commission is also proposing a reflection document on the Social Dimension of Europe by 2025.