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17 February 2021
France: key agreements signed at Airbus Helicopters that focus on 5 competitiveness levers aimed at safeguarding the future of its 2 French sites
On 08 February, CFE-CGC, CFTC and FO, the three trade unions of the Airbus aerospace group’s helicopter production subsidiary, signed several agreements in a bid to safeguard the future of its two French sites, by ‘helping to create the conditions for sustainable development’ at the sites via ‘cost cutting’ to improve ‘economic performance that frees up the financial...
16 February 2021
Italy: study shows company agreements in Covid-19 times are focusing on smart working and occupational health & safety
During the Covid-19 pandemic, sector and company level collective bargaining (excl. national collective agreement renewals) has adapted to issues specifically pertaining to the new circumstances and has defined new priorities, related to health and safety, the overhaul of work organization, and the need to involve employee representatives in implementing preventive measures. Thus the main findings of a study carried out by the central Cgil trade union Fondazione Di Vittorio observatory, which examined 326...
16 February 2021
Germany: +2.7% increase in salaries over two years in the western Landers’ textiles and clothing industry
As 11 February dawned, and after 14 long hours of negotiations in Munich, Germany’s metalworkers’ union IG Metall together with the employers’ Textil + Mode confederation (textile and fashion industry) reached a new collective wage agreement for the 100,000 textile and clothing workers in the western Länders that will run for 25 months. These employees will receive a single ‘corona bonus’ payment of €325 for the year 2021. Then from February 2022 they will see their salaries increase by 1.3%,...
9 February 2021
Italy: collective agreement reached in metals industry  
After 15 months of negotiations, interspersed with suspensions, the national collective agreement for the metals industry – which expired at the end of 2019 – was renewed on 5 February. A draft agreement has been reached by Federmeccanica and Assistal on the employer side and the Fim, Fiom and Uilm on the union side, though it is yet to be submitted to workers. The agreement will cover the period from January 2021 to June 2024 (a longer period than is generally negotiated). As well as addressing the issue of...
8 February 2021
Belgium: social partners in favour of creating a leave allowance for Covid-19 vaccinations
Following a request by Pierre-Yves Dermagne, Belgium’s economy and employment minister, the country’s National Labour Council – a body made up of representatives from employer associations and trade unions, serving primarily an advisory function – issued a favourable opinion (here in French) on the introduction of a special leave allowance, paid by employers, for staff attending an appointment to get vaccinated against Covid-19. The National Labour Council issued its opinion on 5 February following a...
Covid-19 Vaccination
3 February 2021
Germany: Volkswagen’s new car software developer, CSO, signs an ‘iterative’ collective agreement
On 28 January Volkswagen Group management together with the IG Metall union announced the signature of an in-house agreement for the 4,000 employees of the Group’s new software development company, the Car.Software Organisation (CSO), which was founded in 2020. The agreement, which draws on both Volkswagen’s in-house collective agreement and that of the metal industry sector, is pioneering in so far as it has a special focus on working in autonomous teams, and includes new features such as the introduction of...
2 February 2021
Spain: a draft collective agreement concluded for the banking sector that also frames remote working
On 29 January the Asociación Española de Banca (AEB – Spain’s banking employers association), together with representatives of the CCOO, UGT and FINE trade unions concluded the broad outlines of a new banking sector agreement, which introduces rules over remote working by including the general framework that was defined by official decree and approved on 22 September 2020 (c.f. article No.12135). In addition the agreement address issues such as the role of employee representatives in corporate CSR policies...
2 February 2021
Great Britain: Airbus employees agree a reduction in working hours and salaries in order to avoid layoffs
On 01 February, and following weeks of negotiations with the aircraft manufacturer, the Unite trade union announced that its members working at the Airbus site in Broughton, Wales, had voted in favor of a management proposal to reduce working hours with a corresponding reduction in salaries. Employees finally agreed to a reduction in their weekly working hours of between 5% and 10% for a limited period of up to a year. The loss of salary was estimated at approximately 6.6%. This arrangement will come into effect...
28 January 2021
Belgium: inter-professional collective agreement signed for the implementation of compulsory telework in companies during 2021
On 26 January 2021, Belgium’s National Labor Council (a joint employer-employee representative body that negotiates inter-professional collective agreements), together with trade union bodies and employers’ organizations concluded an inter-professional collective agreement on telework that is ‘mandatory or recommended by the public authorities as part of the measures taken to combat the spread of the coronavirus.’ Valid until the end of 2021, it has been drawn up as a framework agreement that defines...
Remote work regulations
27 January 2021
United States: President Biden’s first pro-union and occupational health and safety initiatives
As soon as he arrived in the White House, President Joe Biden made his mark on the relationship between his administration and the trade unions. Almost immediately upon his swearing in, the 46th US President proceeded to dismiss the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB- independent federal agency in charge of enforcing U.S. labor law for collective bargaining and unfair labor practices) General Counsel, who is considered to be too close to the business community. President Biden also signed an executive order...