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23 July 2020
Planet Labor updates are paused from close of business on 24 July and will recommence on the morning of 24 August
Planet Labor is taking time off to enjoy the summer break. No fresh updates will be published until the morning of 24 August. You can of course access all our previous articles during this period and we look forward to recommencing business as usual upon our return. If you have any problems connecting to the site, do not hesitate to contact us by email ( or by telephone (+33 (0) 1 57 40 60 09). Whatever your plans, stay safe and we wish you all an enjoyable summer.
20 July 2020
EU: joint guidelines drawn up for safe return to work in chemicals industry
On 17 July, social partners in the European chemical, pharmaceutical, rubber and plastics industries –  IndustriAll Europe on the trade union side and the ECEG (European Chemical Employers Group) on the employer side –  presented their guidelines, drawn up jointly for the attention of their national affiliates, to ensure a return to work without risks to the health and safety of workers. Naturally, the document emphasises the need for social dialogue and the involvement of worker representatives in drawing...
Managing the fallout of Covid-19
6 July 2020
EU: ETUC and European union federations issue joint statement on involvement of workers in managing Covid-19 crisis
On 29 June, the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) and the union federations IndustriAll Europe, UNI Europa (services), EFFAT (food, agriculture and tourism), EPSU (public service workers), ETF (transport) and EFBWW (building and woodworkers) published a joint statement calling for greater worker involvement in managing the Covid-19 crisis. The signatories, which underline that “social dialogue, collective bargaining and worker involvement in the workplace are key to shape responsible restructuring...
Managing the fallout of Covid-19
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 Barthès and Judith Kirton-Darling, who become the first women to join the leadership of the union organisation. They will work alongside Luc Triangle, who remains in place as general secretary of IndustriAll Europe, and Michael Vassiliades, who continues as president of the organisation.
23 June 2020
EU social partners sign agreement on digitalisation
Today, on 22 June, European social partners (BusinessEurope, CEEP and SMEunited on the employer side, and ETUC on the trade union side) signed a framework agreement on the digital transformation, which provides an “action-oriented framework to encourage, guide and assist employers, workers and their representatives in devising measures and actions aimed at reaping these opportunities and dealing with the challenges”.
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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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...