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3 July 2020
New leadership team at IndustriAll Europe
The 2020 Congress of IndustriAll Europe, the European union federation, which had been scheduled for May of this year, was postponed until June 2021 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Nonetheless, IndustriAll Europe’s executive committee refreshed its general secretariat on 1 July with the appointment of two new deputy general secretaries, Isabelle...
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
13 May 2020
EU: social partners in Europe’s tourism industry make joint call for urgent measures to support sector
A joint declaration by European social partners in the hospitality, restauration and food industries – the European Federation of Food, Agriculture and Tourism Trade Unions (EFFAT) as well as employer organisations FoodDrinkEurope, FoodServiceEurope and HOTREC – was signed yesterday on 12 May. The declaration came ahead of the European Commission presenting its guidelines and recommendations to help member states gradually lift travel restrictions and allow tourism businesses to reopen after months of...
Managing the fallout of Covid-19
11 May 2020
EU: European banking sector social partners pen joint declaration on necessary working and employment conditions for providing responsible and ethical financial products services
The joint declaration signed by the European social partners in the banking sector on 7 May represents a step towards “the development of responsible and sustainable provision of financial services”. It places an emphasis on the need to provide a healthy working environment and to involve staff in order to achieve an ethical and sustainable financial service that respects and...
30 April 2020
EU: European Trade Union Federations update their recommendations to the European Works Councils for managing Brexit
The trade union federations: IndustriAll Europe, Uni Europa, EFFAT, EPSU, ETF, and EFBWW have updated their Joint Recommendations to coordinators and workers’ representatives in SNBs, EWCs and SEs to anticipate the impact of Brexit on multinational companies. Negotiations on the new relationship between the UK and the EU are ongoing, but their outcome remains so uncertain that it makes any prediction about the future extremely difficult. While several scenarios are still possible, the trade union federations...
29 April 2020
In the face of Covid-19, ENGIE accelerates implementation of the first pillars of its future social protection program
Faced with the ‘unprecedented consequences of the Covid-19 health crisis’, the energy company sought to accelerate the implementation of two of its ENGIE CARE minimum social protection programme pillars. ENGIE CARE will be included in the future global CSR agreement currently under negotiation with the international trade union federations. The Group program will cover hospitalization costs in full for Covid-19 and at least 75% for other conditions as well as life insurance equivalent to 12 months of gross...
Managing the fallout of Covid-19
24 April 2020
International: companies and trade unions join forces to act in support of manufacturers in textile industry struggling due to Covid-19 crisis
Clothing brands and retailers including Adidas, C&A, H&M Group, International Apparel Federation, Inditex, M&S, Primark, PVH Corporation, Ralph Lauren, Tchibo, VF Corporation, Under Armour and Zalando SE are participating in an initiative, along with the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), the International Organisation of Employers (IOE), and IndustriALL Global...
Managing the fallout of Covid-19
15 April 2020
EU: social partners in Europe’s food industry agree on guidelines to safeguard the health of workers in the sector
On 9 April, the European Federation of Trade Unions in the Food, Agriculture and Tourism sectors (EFFAT) and the European employer organisation FoodDrinkEurope agreed on guidelines to protect the health and safety of workers in food business during the COVID-19 pandemic. The aim of the joint document is to set out the minimum standards that should be applied in the sector during the health emergency.
Managing the fallout of Covid-19
9 April 2020
EU: Carrefour, Auchan Retail and Uni Global Union to share best practices on preventive measures for workers and consumers regarding the Covid-19 pandemic
On 09 April, the international trade union federation UNI Global Union, together with Auchan Retail and the Carrefour Group signed a joint declaration on the implementation of good business practices in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic health crisis. In it the signatories undertake to exchange and work together to share best practices being implemented to prevent Covid-19 related...
Managing the fallout of Covid-19