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10 October 2019
Yet again trade unions mobilize the French Corporate Duty of Vigilance legislation on human rights to challenge a multinational corporation
The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF), the European Transport Workers’ Federation (ETF) and an international trade union alliance have combined forces to call on the European entity of US transport and logistics company XPO, with its European headquarters in France, to comply with its legal duty of vigilance in relation to human rights. According to the trade unions,...
2 October 2019
SUEZ : renewed European agreement on professional equality detailed by group industrial relations director
On 12 September 2019, global utilities group SUEZ signed a new European agreement on professional equality that applies to almost 61,000 staff working across all its subsidiaries Europewide. The agreement targets a continued increase in the number of females employed and affirms its zero tolerance policy in terms of wage discrimination and sexual harassment, as well as making a commitment to match paternity leave remuneration conditions with those for maternity leave (c.f. article No. 11355). In an interview with...
European Framework Agreement
27 September 2019
EU : industry trade union federation IndustriAll Europe launches campaign to promote collective bargaining
A seven-month campaign that seeks to demonstrate the positive impact of collective bargaining is in the offing. On Thursday 26 September, the trade union federation IndustriAll Europe launched its Together at Work campaign, which aims to underline the benefit of collective bargaining to society as a whole and not just workers covered by collective deals. Speaking in front of a crowd of around 50 people, who came together for the campaign’s unveiling, Luc Triangle, general secretary of the union organisation –...
18 September 2019
AccorInvest signs a global agreement with the IUF on fighting sexual harassment
On 17 September, the international trade union federation, the IUF, along with French hotels group AccorInvest announced their signing of a global agreement fighting sexual harassment at work. The agreement was officially signed on 15 July 2019 and it both sets out its zero tolerance policy on sexual harassment as well as recognizing the role trade unions and collective bargaining in eliminating sexual harassment from the workplace. The agreement covers all persons employed by the Group and operating on behalf of...
Global Framework Agreements
16 September 2019
Suez: European agreement on professional equality renewed
Today, on 16 September, Bertrand Camus, chief executive of French utility group Suez, the group’s European trade unions, and the European Union Federations have signed an agreement to reinforce the fostering of professional equality. Suez had previously made a commitment of this kind in 2015, as part of a European agreement on professional equality signed with the same bodies (see article n°8995). This latest agreement resumes that commitment, with an update to part of its contents and its quantified targets....
European Framework Agreement
12 September 2019
EU : European Trade Union Confederation calls on national trade unions to demonstrate for climate action
In a statement published on 5 September, the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) called on its 90 affiliated national trade union organisations to commit to achieving a “just transition”, by actively participating in their respective countries during the week of demonstrations due to take place around the world between September 20 and 27. The statement refers to the Trade Unions for Energy Democracy (TUED) movement, which has listed how unions from around the world are acting in the face of climate...
11 September 2019
Generali: management and the European Works Council sign a joint declaration that commits to diversity and inclusion in the Group
Promoting diversity and work-life balance and including workers with disabilities are just some of Italian insurance company Generali’s commitments that have been further bolstered by the joint Diversity and Inclusion statement that was signed by both Generali management and the European Works Council (EWC) in June 2019 and published on the company’s website on 09 September.
European Framework Agreement
26 August 2019
Great Britain: appeal court confirms that a company’s management may implement plans without waiting for the EWC’s opinion
In a judgement handed down on 31 July (here), the Employment Appeal Tribunal rejected the appeal from the European Works Council at Oracle, against an initial decision made on 12 February (see article n°10566) by the UK’s Central Arbitration Committee. The judgement confirms that a company’s management does not need to wait for the EWC to give its opinion before beginning to implement plans at a local level. This decision has been made in the light of the subsidiary requirements laid down by UK law, which...
26 August 2019
Crédit Agricole: global framework agreement signed with UNI Global Union 
On 31 July the French banking group signed with UNI Global Union, the international trade union federation of the private service sector, a global framework agreement covering basic labour rights. The agreement also contains a commitment to parenting, with the establishment of the principle of 16 weeks’ paid maternity leave, which will be available to all of the group’s female employees as of 1 January 2021. Furthermore it is recommended that entities arrange adoption or paternity leave to account for the...
Global Framework Agreements
26 July 2019
Planet Labor updates are on hold and will recommence on the morning of 26 August
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