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20 July 2022
EU: pact for skills signed in digital sector
An eleventh sectoral pact has been signed as part of the European Skills Agenda launched by the Commission (see articles n°12903 and n°12881), this time in the digital space. Despite the continued growth of the sector, social partners note the lack of skilled workers and the need to implement an upskilling...
15 April 2022
Orpea: global agreement on “ethical employment and trade union rights” is ill received
French nursing home group Orpea has penned a three-year global framework agreement with UNI Global Union, for a partnership covering ethical employment, social dialogue, collective bargaining and trade union rights. The agreement comes as the group, which employs 70,000 people across 23 countries, faces various complaints of discrimination against union members as well as investigations into its working conditions in France. It has been panned by various trade union federations as a “pseudo agreement”.
Global Framework Agreements
13 April 2022
BNP Paribas signs its European charter on telework
On 06 April, the French banking group, together with the UNI Europa Finance trade union federation, the European Federation of Credit Institution Executives (FEDEC), and the bank’s European Works Council signed a common telework framework for the group’s 22 EU countries operating in the EWC’s scope. The charter provides an opportunity to define teleworking schemes comprising up to 2.5 days of teleworking per week and proposes four compensation packages for the group’s 132,000 employees in Europe.
hybrid work
6 April 2022
“Social dialogue is a source of progress and harmonization of working conditions within the European network”, François Nogué, Director of Human Resources, SNCF Group (interview)
On 21 February, in France’s second month of its 6-month EU presidency, and during the European Rail Summit, the SNCF Group HR division organized an event bringing all the rail sector’s European social dialogue actors together. François Nogué, SNCF Group Director of Human Resources, looks back on both this meeting that enabled the French railway company to reaffirm its involvement...
5 April 2022
Solvay: new global framework agreement signed that pre-empts corporate due diligence requirements
Belgian chemical group Solvay, which employs more than 23,000 employees worldwide, has renewed the global framework agreement (GFA) between itself and Industriall Global Union, the global union federation. Penned on 31 March 2022, the text – valid for a period of four years – anticipates legislative advances on companies’ due diligence obligations and should allow for social dialogue to be developed at the group’s sites in the United States, where union representation depends on a majority vote of...
Global Framework Agreements
11 February 2022
EU: pact for skill development signed in construction industry
European social partners in the construction sector signed so-called Pact for Skills on 8 February, in line with the European Skills Agenda launched by Brussels (see article n°12881). The signatories to the pact have set themselves the target of enabling 25% of employees in the sector to benefit from upskilling and reskilling activities within five years. This represents 3 million workers, with the construction industry accounting for 6% of the continent’s total workforce. The signatories have also agreed...
1 February 2022
EU: a pact to develop skills in the tourism sector
Launched by the European Commission on 31 January 2022, the call for’ reskilling and upskilling the European tourism workforce’ forms the backbone of the new variant of the Pact for Skills that was launched in November 2020. The flagship skills action plan has already benefited the textile, aerospace, microelectronics and maritime sectors, and is geared to enabling the creation of public-private partnerships that can develop reskilling and upskilling plans for workers in sectors undergoing rapid...
20 January 2022
Engie enters into a new Global Framework Agreement on Fundamental Rights and ENGIE’s Social Responsibility
On 20 January 2022 the French multinational utility company, which operates in 70 countries, signed a global framework agreement (GFA) with three global union federations IndustriALL, BWI, and PSI. The agreement, which runs for a period of four years, commits the group to a global social protection programme, Engie Care, to prioritise sustainable employment, and to the creation of a ‘World Forum’, a joint dialogue body which will be responsible for monitoring the duty of vigilance. This text reinforces the...
Global Framework Agreements
17 December 2021
News feed to resume on 3 January 2022
The team at Planet Labor will be taking a few days off at the end of an action-packed year of news. We will resume publication on the morning of Monday 3 January 2022. Our news archives will of course remain accessible throughout this period. We thank you all for your loyal readership and would like to wish you a joyful and peaceful end-of-year.
29 November 2021
Korian: EWC and management sign health and safety protocol
On 16 November, representatives of the European Works Council at Korian, the French company specialising in nursing home care for the elderly, signed a three-year health and safety protocol with the company’s general management. The latest deal follows on from an agreement signed in France earlier this year and is the result of almost a year of negotiations within a dedicated EWC working group. The agreement aims to spread a positive culture of workplace health and safety and to share best practices among the...
26 July 2021
News feed paused from 27 July to 27 August inclusive
Planet Labor is taking time off to enjoy the summer break in Europe. Our news feed will recommence on the morning of 30 August. You can of course access all our previous articles during this period. Whatever your plans, we wish you all an enjoyable summer.