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13 January 2022
United States: historic union presence at Starbucks
On 09 December 2021 workers at a Starbucks coffee shop in Buffalo, New York State voted to form a trade union. The vote occurred a few weeks after the Workers United labour union was established at another of the US coffee chain’s locations in the same area. The federal NLRB (National Labor Relations...
3 January 2022
Spain: Heineken trials hybrid work model
Dutch brewing giant Heineken has been testing hybrid work arrangements in its Spanish offices, whereby employees can spread 16 hours of remote work across the week at their convenience. The hybrid work model has been designed after an initial trial with 77 employees and is now being tested on a large scale. If this second trial phase proves successful, the model will become the norm across Heineken’s Spanish operations.
3 January 2022
Italy: main motorway operator involves employees in strategic decisions and implements hybrid work
Autostrade per l’Italia (ASPI), the main company responsible for managing Italy’s motorway network, has taken a step towards co-determination, which is not very common in Italy, with the creation of a bilateral strategic development committee. The company has also signed a very innovative experimental agreement on hybrid work, including the right to disconnect and freedom as regards working hours.
17 December 2021
News feed to resume on 3 January 2022
The team at Planet Labor will be taking a few days off at the end of an action-packed year of news. We will resume publication on the morning of Monday 3 January 2022. Our news archives will of course remain accessible throughout this period. We thank you all for your loyal readership and would like to wish you a joyful and peaceful end-of-year.
13 December 2021
France: Matmut to prioritise female applicants to senior roles
French insurance group Matmut has renewed its agreement on workplace equality with the CFE-CGC, FO and CFTC trade unions, though not the CGT and CFDT. Renewed on 3 December 2021, the agreement will apply between 2022 and 2024 and covers the feminisation of professions, equal pay, skills development, parenthood and the fight against gender-based and sexual violence. The company has committed to increasing the female representation in management positions, devoting €850,000 to closing the wage gap and implementing...
8 December 2021
Italy: L’Oréal focuses on parenthood and work/life balance
Six weeks paternity leave, an increase in the company’s contribution to optional parental leave, and three days of paid leave per year available in the event of illness of a grandchild, elderly parent or dependent make up the main innovations of the L’Oréal company agreement that runs until 31 December 2023.
7 December 2021
France: insurance sector concludes a framework agreement on telework
On 06 December, four trade union bodies (CFDT, CFE-CGC, CFTC and UNSA) and the French Insurance Federation (FFA) signed the insurance sector’s first ever framework agreement on telework. Although not binding, the agreement is expected  to serve as a benchmark for company negotiations in a sector where teleworking is now becoming the norm. The text, that its signatories consider to be ‘not very innovative’ recognises the need both to support teleworkers in specific situations and to train managers.
hybrid work
7 December 2021
Italy: drivers contracted to deliver Amazon goods obtain a reduction in working hours
Strike action planned for Black Friday (26 November) was averted as a result of a national agreement being reached at the end of November between the companies affiliated with Assoespressi (employers’ body) that make deliveries for Amazon, and the relevant trade union bodies (Filt-Cgil, Fit-Cisl, and Uiltrasporti). The social partners agreed on setting out a concerted course of action addressing workloads and work scheduling. The drivers in question immediately obtained a two-hour reduction in their weekly...
Gig workers and the regulation of platforms
6 December 2021
Hong Kong: negotiations at Foodpanda (ultimately) successful
On 13 and 14 November, around 300 of the 10,000 people that work for Hong Kong’s leading food delivery platform, Foodpanda, went on strike. Following two rounds of agonising negotiations lasting more than 14 hours, the parties finally reached an agreement on around fifteen demands, including an improvement to the base fee for a single delivery, which marks a first in a sector that is rapidly expanding in Hong Kong amid the pandemic and resulting social distancing measures.
2 December 2021
Germany: election of a works council at the delivery company Gorillas, with help from the courts
Dissatisfied with the working conditions and pay offered by the young dynamic German start-up and ‘ultra-fast delivery’ platform, employees of Gorillas’ Berlin subsidiary finally succeeded in electing a works council on 27 November 2021. Throughout the process Gorillas management tried to block the election, and notably also in court. Management has also raised the possibility of changing the company’s operational structures.
Gig workers and the regulation of platforms
29 November 2021
Korian: EWC and management sign health and safety protocol
On 16 November, representatives of the European Works Council at Korian, the French company specialising in nursing home care for the elderly, signed a three-year health and safety protocol with the company’s general management. The latest deal follows on from an agreement signed in France earlier this year and is the result of almost a year of negotiations within a dedicated EWC working group. The agreement aims to spread a positive culture of workplace health and safety and to share best practices among the...