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5 September 2022
Italy: fresh restructuring at TIM (ex-Telecom Italia)
Faced with having to keep a lid on costs at a time when the sector is undergoing fierce competition and traditional business activities are in decline, TIM ( French mass media company Vivendi is TIM’s major shareholder) is implementing another new staff restructuring plan. In it are moves to combine technical unemployment and retraining for three quarters of the headcount, as well as provisions for more than 2,200 voluntary early retirements alongside more than 550 new hires in a bid to refresh the skills pool.
30 August 2022
France: La Poste doubles budget for closing wage gap in workplace equality effort
French postal service company La Poste and five trade unions have signed the firm’s fifth agreement on gender equality in the workplace. The agreement, signed on 21 July 2022 and binding for a period of three years, maintains the provisions of the 2019 text and steps up efforts to foster gender diversity in the workplace, occupational health care for women and access to remote work during pregnancy.
28 July 2022
News feed paused from 28 July to 26 August inclusive
Planet Labor is taking time off to enjoy the summer break in Europe. Our news feed will recommence on the morning of 29 August. You can of course access all our previous articles during this period. Whatever your plans, we wish you all an enjoyable summer.
27 July 2022
Italy: the new collective agreement for the energy-oil sector innovates in terms of individual assessment
On 21 July, the energy-oil social partners renewed the sector’s national collective agreement that runs retroactively from 01 January 2022 until 31 December 2024 and covers more than 40,000, including employees at the energy giant ENI. In it are major innovations such as an overall pay rise of €235 over three years, progress in terms of training and above all, fresh impetus for the sector’s specific individual performance assessment system.
21 July 2022
Italy: new collective agreement in electricity sector emphasises value of people
After six months of negotiations, social partners in Italy’s electricity sector signed an agreement on 18 July that introduces a protocol on “the value of people in companies” into the national collective labour agreement (CCNL). The renewal of this agreement will also see a significant increase in minimum wages as well as advances on employee participation, training and new skills. Valid until 31 December 2024, the CCNL covers almost 60,000 people and now needs to be approved by employee...
20 July 2022
EU: pact for skills signed in digital sector
An eleventh sectoral pact has been signed as part of the European Skills Agenda launched by the Commission (see articles n°12903 and n°12881), this time in the digital space. Despite the continued growth of the sector, social partners note the lack of skilled workers and the need to implement an upskilling and reskilling strategy. For example, only 54% of Europeans aged between 16 and 74 have basic skills, despite the fact 90% of jobs have a digital component. Following several workshops organised since autumn 2021, the text sets the objective of reaching 20 million employees in the sector by 2030, with jobs distributed in a balanced way...
13 July 2022
France: 37% of employees consulted on Covid-19 safety measures
According to survey results from the Direction de l’animation de la recherche, des études et des statistiques (Dares- the research, studies and statistics division operating under the French Ministry of Labour) that were published on 12 July, three quarters of businesses in France have consulted the relevant staff representative bodies, where they exist, on the implementation of Covid-19 adaptation measures (masks, distancing, disinfection, teleworking, etc.), and that number even rises to 95% for companies...
5 July 2022
Italy: social inclusion being promoted in the chemical-pharmaceutical sector’s new collective agreement
On 13 June the chemical-pharmaceutical sector’s social partners signed a new collective agreement that includes provision for a significant increase in minimum wages along with a specific mechanism to take account of inflation. The agreement also lays down foundations to accommodate digital transition and it devotes a comprehensive chapter to the topic of social inclusion especially as regards female and older workers. The new collective agreement is due to expire on 30 June 2025 and will now have to be approved...
1 July 2022
Australia: Uber joins forces with Transport Workers Union in push for better working conditions in gig economy
US ride hailing giant Uber and the Transport Workers Union of Australia have penned an historic agreement in which they jointly call for the creation of an independent body tasked with setting minimum standards for the working conditions of platform workers. This body will have the capacity to: set minimum earnings; facilitate a mechanism to resolve disputes, such as when platform workers see their accounts deactivated; ensure the right of platform workers to be represented by a trade union; and make sure the...
16 June 2022
Germany: steel industry agrees 6.5% salary increase
On 15 June, Germany’s steel industry social partners signed a new collective agreement spanning 18 months until 30 November 2023, and covering employees working in North Rhine-Westphalia, Lower Saxony, and Bremen. These workers will receive a 6.5% pay rise from 01 August 2022, as well as a lumpsum €500 payment for the months of June and July (apprentices will receive €200). This is the “highest percentage salary increase in the steel industry for 30 years,” said Jörg Hofmann, president of the IG...