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10 February 2020
Italy: trust in social partners among population increases
The 32nd ‘Rapporto Italia’ from EURISPES (Institute of Political, Economic and Social Studies), published on 30 January and covering the main social trends in Italy, reveals a sizeable increase in trust towards trade unions in Italy. While less than 15% of Italians say that they trust in the country’s institutions generally, trust in trade unions was found to be 8.5 percentage points higher than last year. Some 46.4% of Italians say they trust trade unions, compared to 37.9% in 2019. The proportion is the...
7 February 2020
Spain: agreement between the Basque regional administration and the social partners in support of the Industry 4.0 transition process
The Basque Region’s government together with the employers’ body Confebask and the CCO and UGT trade unions have agreed to prepare a support plan for those affected by technological change in the world of work. The parties, as part of the Social Dialogue Committee, have committed to acting in unison and promoting a ‘Just Transition’ towards Industry 4.0. The agreement intends for policies that guarantee skills and competences re-qualification, career guidance, and even possibly social aid for workers...
5 February 2020
Spain: CaixaBank extends its equality plan and includes recognition for the right to disconnect from work
On 21 January, and following three years of negotiations, management and trade unions at CaixaBank secured an agreement that completes and extend the scope of the bank’s first equality plan signed back in 2011, and will apply to the bank’s 29,000 employers. The agreement develops a series of measures aimed at fostering both real gender equality and the inclusion of those living with disabilities. In it are fresh commitments to anticipate and prevent harassment-type situations and ensure that safeguarding...
4 February 2020
Germany: collective negotiations in the metallurgy sector to commence ahead of schedule
On 04 February, the IG Metall trade union gave the green light for sector negotiations to commence, even though the current agreement runs until 31 March 2020. Thus 20 February is the date set for consultations to commence between the regional social partners. The announcement comes after the metallurgy sector’s major regional employers’ federations welcomed proposals by the trade union to quickly negotiate a set of measures that should help companies deal with potentially perilous structural disruption....
4 February 2020
Chile: agreement between H&M management and employees that lowers working hours down to 40 per week
On 24 January, after several weeks of low-key talks, H&M Chile group (Hennes & Mauritz AB) announced the conclusion of an agreement with the H&M Chile Workers Union that includes a reduction in working hours from 45 down to 40 per week, without any reduction in salary. Information over the measure, which will come into effect on 01 April 2020, was released by several of Chile’s media, while draft legislation, which the Chambers of Deputies approved in November 2019, and which is currently under...
4 February 2020
Turkey: wage agreement for 130,000 workers in metal industry (update following endorsement by the Birleşik Metal-İş trade union)
On 29 January, after a period of tough negotiations punctuated by strikes, the Turkish Employers’ Association of Metal Industries (MESS) reached an agreement on wages with the Turk Metal and Özçelik-İş trade unions. The MESS indicated that on 02 February the Birleşik Metal-İş union, which initially refused to sign had subsequently endorsed the agreement, rendering a unanimous conclusion and a most welcome return to social peace and stability. The agreement, which is valid for two years and will apply to...
29 January 2020
Belgium: national demonstration to protect the country’s social security
The FGTB union along with its Flemish equivalent the ABVV called for a demonstration on 28 January in support of balanced funding for country’s social security system and in Brussels, between and 10 and 20 thousand turned out in support of the call. Demonstrators are worried that measures undertaken by previous federal governments, including notably corporate exemptions for social contributions, and ‘flexijobs’, may leave the social security system with a €6.3 billion deficit in 2024, due to a lack of...
27 January 2020
Germany: IG Metall changes negotiation strategy to better address structural challenges faced by manufacturing sector
With structural upheaval already underway, particularly in the automotive industry, the German metals sector union IG Metall said on 24 January that it is prepared not to set any numerical salary demands ahead of upcoming collective negotiations in the metals and electrical engineering sectors, due to kick off in mid-March. Instead the union intends to negotiate with employers, to agree as quickly as possible measures that will maintain jobs and retrain thousands of workers. To this end, the union has proposed...