17 March 2020
The health crisis we are currently undergoing is prompting businesses to take often unprecedented decisions in terms of work organization. We can also expect economic activity to be severely impacted. Given the circumstances, our priority is to support our members by accessing resources and information that will enable you to best cope with this situation. To this end, our journalists located in the different countries across the globe will be paying particularly close attention to the initiatives by public...
12 March 2020
Compared with other national systems that serve as the basis for several EWCs, the UK has provided a wealth of jurisprudence and the reason for this is an almost two-year battle between employers’ and employees’ legal teams seeking decisions over the scope of information and consultation rights within the framework of Brexit, and the migration of EWCs to the Republic of Ireland. Unite the Union is the the largest UK & Irish trade union federation involved in this tug-of-war and it is also developing a...
18 February 2020
On 14 February, Norwegian telecommunications company Telenor ASA signed a new global agreement with UNI Global Union that runs for three years and introduces several new provisions pertaining to equal opportunities, combatting discrimination, and treats freedom of association. The agreement covers the more than 20,000 employees in the company worldwide.
29 January 2020
On 25 November 2019, CCEP’s EWC agreement clearly set out the different information and consultation procedure schedules as a function of different situations. On the eve of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU the agreement formally declares that the UK will remain within the scope of the EWC.
29 January 2020
On 27 January, Valter Sanchez, IndustriALL Global Union General Secretary together with Florent Menegaux, CEO of Michelin Group signed an agreement that sets out in detail the membership composition of this global social dialog body and how its members will be designated. The Global Works Council will operate as an ‘observatory’ to address Michelin’s global economic, social, and environmental developments and it will aim to improve the support provided during economic transformations that occur throughout...
8 January 2020
For several years works council specialist consultants have been active in both European Commission funded sector-level social dialogue, as well as in French EWCs. More recently however, these consultancy experts have also been working with non-French EWCs, oftentimes with the backing of local trade union bodies, and they have periodically succeeded in creating sustainable working industrial relations. Although concentrated in number, and albeit if these consultancy companies do vary in actual size, these firms’...
20 December 2019
The team at Planet Labor would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your loyal readership and to wish you a joyful and peaceful end-of-year. We look forward to re-opening the site on 06 January 2020.
20 December 2019
On 29 November, the EFAT (European Federation of Food, Agriculture and Tourism Trade Unions) and HOTREC (Hotels, Restaurants & Cafés in Europe) federations signed a joint declaration calling for ‘fair conditions and fair competition in the hospitality and tourism sectors.’ The federations are targeting the platform economies within these sectors and are calling for the exercise of greater controls and restrictions on the relevant actors. The federations would like the EU to go even further in terms of...
18 December 2019
On 25 November, Deutsche Post DHL (DP DHL) the UNI Global (services sector) and the ITF (transport sector) international trade union federations renewed, for a further period of two years, the OECD Protocol as advocated by the German National Contact Point for the OECD Guidelines for Multinationals that dates back to June 2016. The German National Contact Point has previous experience...
17 December 2019
On 12 December, the Equal Opportunities committee for the international services union federation, UNI Global Union, published a guide designed to help its members get a better understanding and awareness of the challenges and discrimination facing LGBTI+ workers and to provide suggestions and solutions on how to anticipate and act in circumstances of potential or established discrimination.