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12 June 2020
France: banking sector enhances its jobs and skills management plan (GPEC)
On 27 May, the banking sector employers body, the AFB*, signed a new ‘jobs and skills forward management planning’ agreement (GPEC-la gestion prévisionnelle de l’emploi et des compétences), with four trade unions bodies (CFDT, SNB/CFE-CGC, CFTC, and FO). In order to best manage ‘the unprecedented structural change due to the emergence of digital technologies, new constraints and regulations imposed by regulators, and changing consumption patterns’ by guaranteeing access to the necessary skills, the...
10 June 2020
United States: George Floyd’s death reopens debate on trade union resistance to local police reforms
Following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, on 25 May and 7 years after the creation of the Black Lives Matter movement, the question of how such an action could have occurred continues to be asked, and the American press pointedly highlights corporatist unionism within the police that is both quick to support their members during disciplinary proceedings by using all means at their disposal, and to resist the necessary reforms.
9 June 2020
Spain: Inditex agrees with the trade unions on how to reopen stores for all the Group’s brands
Inditex Group management together with the CCOO and UGT unions together have defined the general framework of conditions for reopening their stores, and which has served as a reference for negotiations with the various works councils for reopening the Zara, Lefties, Stradivarius, Bershka, Massimo Dutti, Oysho, Pull&Bear and Kiddy’s Class stores. In addition to preventative measures for employees, the framework outlines a temporary organization for working hours to ensure the gradual resumption of team...
Managing the fallout of Covid-19
8 June 2020
France: social partners commence talks on remote working without a common goal
Following for calls from several trade union organisations for a review of the standards governing remote working, in order to draw lessons from this unprecedented period and improve the conditions for those who work remotely, employers have agreed to engage in discussions. The first meeting took place on 5 June (by videoconference) and resulted in a schedule for talks. Three new dates were set: 19 June, 2 July and 2 September. A fourth meeting is expected to take place in September. What are the prospects? There...
Remote work regulations
5 June 2020
France : agreement signed on employee protections and social measures amid recommencement of activity at EDF
The agreement, signed on 3 June with all the group’s trade unions and the French energy group, addresses the challenges of relaunching business with a global approach. In addition to covering how leave should be managed, health and safety conditions, the adjustments to work organisation necessary for business to resume and employee recognition, the agreement devotes a section to the continuity of social dialogue and the resumption of training and mobility, sets out guarantees for work-study students, and...
Managing the fallout of Covid-19
3 June 2020
TOTAL: agreement signed establishing the European Works Council of the future European Company (SE)
On 15 April, the French energy producer and provider concluded an agreement on employee involvement in the future European Company (SE), the conversion into which was approved at the shareholders’ meeting on 29 May. In continuing the process of European social dialogue that has grown over the last 20 years, the future SE company European Works Council will give greater involvement to the smaller countries (those employing less than 150 employees) and will also benefit from stronger resources for better...
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28 May 2020
Spain: the El Corte Inglés retail group is resuming business by facilitating functional and geographical mobility
The CCOO, Fagsa, Fetico, and UGT unions have reached an agreement with management for the El Corte Inglés group on the conditions for returning to work following the nationwide lockdown and the gradual reopening of the stores. Management is committed to maintaining employment and wages and to making additional effort towards employee work/life balance. In return, the employee representatives will accept a series of temporary measures ‘linked to the current situation’ to facilitate greater flexibility in terms...
Managing the fallout of Covid-19
26 May 2020
EU: social partners in the automotive sector call for an ambitious recovery plan for the sector
‘During the financial crisis (2008-13), the automotive sector lost 440,000 jobs (in car production and the aftermarket). If no measures are taken, this number risks being dwarfed by the current recession which may be much deeper,’ together warned the European trade union federation IndustriAll Europe, and on the employers’ side, Ceemet, ACEA, CLEPA, CECRA, and ETRMA. in a joint declaration signed on 26 May. Thus the auto-sector’s call to the European Commission for ‘a bold industrial recovery plan....
Managing the fallout of Covid-19
25 May 2020
Spain: employers walk away from cross-industry talks in protest against potential abolition of 2012 labour reform
On Wednesday, employers walked away from talks over an extension of partial unemployment measures following the lifting of the state of alert in Spain. The move came after a surprise announcement on 20 May that the government and the left-wing Basque pro-independence party EH Bildu had agreed a pact promising the total abolition of the 2012 reform brought about by the People’s Party (on the content of this reform, see article n°120462), which should occur “before the end of the extraordinary measures”...