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24 March 2020
EU: IndustriALL Europe launches a debate on the definition for ‘essential production activities’
Europe’s industry trade union federation, IndustriALL Europe, has called for ‘stricter definitions of essential production in the chemical and pharmaceutical industries and for workers’ rights to health protection to be safeguarded.’ As underlined in the press statement from 24 March, trade unions have reacted to a certain number of industrial activities in Italy and in Belgium having being designated as ‘essential’ and as such implying the requirement for workers to come to work and leave...
Managing the fallout of Covid-19
17 March 2020
European and international social monitoring – more essential than ever
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
United Kingdom becomes legal battleground over EWC rights amid Brexit
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
Telenor: renews the global agreement with UNI Global Unio
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
Michelin: agreement with IndustriALL Global Union to set up a Global Works Council
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...
Global Framework Agreements
8 January 2020
Works council expertise ‘à la française’ looking to extend across Europe
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
European social partners in the tourism and hospitality sectors call for better regulation of the platform economy
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
Deutsche Post DHL together with both the UNI Global and ITF international trade union federations renew their commitments to anticipate and prevent human rights violations
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...