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6 September 2021
Data: how many extra days of holiday do workers in Europe enjoy thanks to collective bargaining?
In a study published on 30 August, the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) reveals how many extra days of holiday workers in 13 European countries enjoy on average thanks to collective bargaining. Although ETUC finds that workers in Germany and Croatia whose conditions are the subject of collective bargaining get 10 days holiday on top of the legal minimum, the organisation warns that the number of workers benefitting from collective bargaining is on the decline. The European Union’s directive on wages,...
3 September 2021
China: unions set up at two large tech companies
In what is a first for China’s tech sector, ride-hailing giant Didi Chuxing and the country’s second-largest e-commerce platform JD.com have decided to encourage the establishment of unions at group level. Until now, unions have only had a presence at certain branches in the tech sector and at a local level, such as at another e-commerce giant Meituan as well as at Ele.me, the food-delivery company owned by Alibaba. Little information has been released so far, not least because, as Reuters reports,...
2 September 2021
Great Britain: Uber and the GMB union working together to demand more rights for gig economy drivers
While the ride-hailing and delivery company signed an historic agreement with the GMB union in May 2021 authorizing it to represent its UK drivers for the first time (c.f. article No.12543), the American ride-hailing and delivery app platform has just surprised everyone in the gig economy by publishing a joint press release (26 August)  with the GMB in which they call to “end exploitation of more than 200,000 drivers” using app platforms in the UK. They both urge other ride-hailing app users to similarly join...
30 August 2021
Mexico: employees at the Silao General Motors plant reject the company agreement and are set to oust the in-house trade union
Workers at the General Motors plant in Silao, Mexico, have rejected the collective agreement negotiated by the Miguel Trujillo Lopez union – part of the Confederation of Mexican Workers union, which has been accused of intimidation tactics in previous votes. On 17 and 18 August a majority voted to reject their collective agreement during a consultation that was supervised by the International Labor Organization (ILO) and the Mexican National Electoral Institute in order to ensure there were no...
30 August 2021
Italy: social partners renew the textiles and clothing sector collective agreement in spite of the crisis
On 28 July, the social partners in Italy’s nationally significant textile, clothing and fashion industries signed an agreement to renew their national collective agreement (NCA), which will apply to some 46,000 companies and 400,000 employees. The previous NCA expired on 31 March 2020. Still to be approved by the various employee assemblies, this NCA be run until 31 March, 2024. In it is a €74 salary increase alongside a protocol to ensure lawfulness and combat subcontractor related dumping. The agreement...
23 July 2021
France: remote work agreement at heart of BNP Paribas smart working policy
On 30 June 2021, BNP Paribas struck a framework agreement on telework, which will allow eligible staff to work remotely two and a half days per week from September. The banking sector union SNB and the CFDT union centre agreed to sign the deal, while the third trade union representing staff at the French bank – CFTC – opted against doing so. Negotiations have commenced on implementing the agreement across BNP Paribas’ various subsidiaries. The agreement forms part of a policy on ‘smart working’ that...
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20 July 2021
Germany: Hewlett Packard Enterprise on the road to 100% mobile working
Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) is an American multinational IT enterprise based in Houston, Texas that specializes in data servers, data storage and consulting, and it has decided to shift up a gear and move into the teleworking and mobile working space, globally. In line with different countries’ domestic timetables and legal frameworks, HPE’s subsidiaries have begun organizing themselves to allow almost all of their employees to transition to mobile working, if they want. Office spaces are being...
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15 July 2021
Italy: company agreement at Marriott International takes tough backdrop into account and places emphasis on welfare
The social partners in Italy of hotel group Marriot International penned a renewal of the company agreement on 29 June. The deal implements innovative measures geared towards overcoming the deep crisis endured by the hotels sector and fostering the post-pandemic recovery. Applicable until the end of 2024, the agreement introduces greater flexibility in the use fixed-term contracts but seeks to protect quality employment, in particular by providing stability for regular seasonal workers. The performance bonus will...
8 July 2021
Italy: Parmalat’s new company agreement focuses on training, skills and social dialogue
Signed on 16 June between Italian food giant Parmalat (Lactalis group) and the Fai-Cisl, Flai-Cgil and Uila trade unions, the renewed company agreement puts the emphasis on themes linked to skills and generational renewal. Two new joint technical committees have been established (Technological Innovation, Welfare & QWL), underlining the strength of the consultations-based industrial relations system. The new agreement is shorter, running until 31 December 2022, in order to align its future renewal with that of...
7 July 2021
Germany: metals industry social partners sign an agreement to equalize east-west salary levels
On 28 June, social partners in the metalworking industry in the eastern Länder (Berlin-Brandenburg-Saxony) presented a regional agreement, which for the first time provides a general legal negotiations framework to align salary levels in the former German Democratic Republic’s Länder with those in the former Federal Republic of Germany. For the trade unions, this agreement represents an historic achievement for this demand that dates back more than 20 years. For the employers, the terms of how the agreement is...