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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.
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.
13 July 2021
The number of transnational company agreements being signed is in decline
Since the signing of the first transnational company agreement (TCA) in 1988 between BSN (now Danone) and the IUF (International Union of Food, Agricultural, Hotel, Restaurant, Catering, Tobacco and Allied Workers’ Associations), the Institut de recherches économiques et sociales (IRES, institute of social and economic research) has recorded more than 384 agreements, including 218 international framework agreements (IFAs) and 166 European framework agreements (EFAs). This inventory of signed agreements,...
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8 June 2021
Safran signs a European framework agreement on skills development
On 08 June, the French defense and aerospace technology company together with IndustriAll Europe signed a new framework agreement on employment. It includes a training and jobs mobility program for its European employees, and it aims to ‘prepare for the future’ as the group faces significant market changes. In line with the agreement signed in 2017 for the professional integration of young people (c.f. article No. 10357), this agreement commits the company to strengthening support for its employees for a...
3 May 2021
Renault signs global agreement to promote telework
French automobile group Renault penned on 26 April, at the initiative of its management, the sector’s first global agreement on remote work, struck with industrial workers’ federation Industriall Global Union. The agreement, which represents an addendum to the innovative global framework agreement on quality of life at work signed by Renault in 2019, makes remote work the norm for all employees of the group, whenever the job type permits. The text, which has also been initialled by all of Renault’s...
7 April 2021
EU: a broad switch to telework is presenting trade unions with both challenges and opportunities to reconnect with their grassroots
‘Telework is here to stay and unions need to learn how to organise workers online and address their concerns.’ With this in mind, IndustriAll Europe, the European industry trade union federation has identified both challenges facing the trade union organizations as they strive to continue keeping in touch with workers and recruit new members, as well as fresh opportunities to reinvigorate by capitalizing on some new methods that were deployed during the pandemic. The union federation message has drawn on a...
25 March 2021
EU: ETUC seeks to help its members strategically reposition given the democratic and social challenges in the post-Covid-19 era
Based on the observation that the pandemic ‘removes all our certainties’ and necessarily leads us to reflect upon the world of tomorrow, the ETUC’s Rethinking project seeks to position the confederation at a strategic level. This project draws on several debates that occurred towards the end of 2020 with various experts, academics and trade unionists. To capture their content and ‘strengthen’ the strategic thinking of the trade union movement, the ETUC has launched a website hosting 8 overview videos...
22 March 2021
Sodexo: declaration of intent signed with IUF to improve protection of staff, including when working at client sites
Sodexo, the French food services and facilities management company, and the IUF (International Union of Food, Agricultural, Hotel, Restaurant, Catering, Tobacco and Allied Workers’ Associations), signed a joint declaration on 19 March in which the French group makes a commitment to improving health and safety standards across its global operations, including at client sites, where the majority of its employees work. Sodexo says it will work alongside its clients to implement these health and safety...
17 March 2021
EU: the UNI Europa Finance trade union federation and European insurance sector employers sign joint declaration on Responsible AI
On 16 March, UNI Europa Finance together with the European insurance sector employers – Insurance Europe, BIPAR and AMICE – signed a Joint Declaration on Artificial Intelligence ‘to encourage social partners at all levels in the insurance sector to deal with artificial intelligence (AI) in a reasonable way that provides opportunities for the sector and its employees.’ The signatories, who are affected by AI use, maintain that AI technology per se is neither good nor bad and that its use must be shaped...
11 March 2021
Great Britain: national collective redundancies, even if decided locally, must be subject to European Works Council information and consultation when at least two countries are concerned (CAC)
On 05 March the Central Arbitration Committee (CAC) * issued a decision that included conclusions pertaining to European Works Councils (EWCs) and information and consultation requirements. In its decision the CAC affirmed that as soon as collective redundancies are planned in at least two countries, an extraordinary meeting of the EWC must be organized, even if the redundancy plans do...