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24 April 2020
International: companies and trade unions join forces to act in support of manufacturers in textile industry struggling due to Covid-19 crisis
Clothing brands and retailers including Adidas, C&A, H&M Group, International Apparel Federation, Inditex, M&S, Primark, PVH Corporation, Ralph Lauren, Tchibo, VF Corporation, Under Armour and Zalando SE are participating in an initiative, along with the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), the International Organisation of Employers (IOE), and IndustriALL Global...
Managing the fallout of Covid-19
15 April 2020
EU: social partners in Europe’s food industry agree on guidelines to safeguard the health of workers in the sector
On 9 April, the European Federation of Trade Unions in the Food, Agriculture and Tourism sectors (EFFAT) and the European employer organisation FoodDrinkEurope agreed on guidelines to protect the health and safety of workers in food business during the COVID-19 pandemic. The aim of the joint document is to set out the minimum standards that should be applied in the sector during the health emergency.
Managing the fallout of Covid-19
9 April 2020
EU: Carrefour, Auchan Retail and Uni Global Union to share best practices on preventive measures for workers and consumers regarding the Covid-19 pandemic
On 09 April, the international trade union federation UNI Global Union, together with Auchan Retail and the Carrefour Group signed a joint declaration on the implementation of good business practices in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic health crisis. In it the signatories undertake to exchange and work together to share best practices being implemented to prevent Covid-19 related...
Managing the fallout of Covid-19
6 April 2020
Solvay: global framework agreement on digital transformation signed
The global framework agreement on digital transformation at Belgian chemicals group Solvay was signed on 17 March after being “discussed and elaborated with the European Works Council (EWC) and the Solvay Global Forum (SGF) with the support of lndustriALL Global Union”, the document outlines. The agreement comes after one year of talks and exchanges and seeks to provide a framework for management and employee representatives to engage locally with issues raised by the digital transformation to achieve detailed...
Global Framework Agreements
3 April 2020
EU: European trade union federations issue joint recommendations to EWCs on “anticipating and managing the impact in multinational companies” of Covid-19
This list of joint recommendations, which were issued at the end of March by all of Europe’s trade union federations (Uni Europa, IndustriAll Europe, EPSU, EFFAT, ETF and EFBW), is aimed at staff representatives in European Works Councils and at companies with the Societas Europaea (SE) status to help them manage the repercussions of Covid-19 at their firms. The recommendations seek...
Managing the fallout of Covid-19
31 March 2020
EU: the European Trade Union Confederation is calling on companies to refrain from shareholder dividend payments during the coronavirus pandemic
‘Trade unions are calling on banks and big business to do their bit to overcome the economic consequences of the coronavirus crisis by suspending dividends payments and share buybacks,’ declared the ETUC in a press statement on 30 March. The same day French Ministers for the Economy and Labor warned that the State would not put up with a situation that saw companies accepting...
Managing the fallout of Covid-19
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.
Global Framework Agreements