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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...
17 December 2019
UNI Global Union publishes a guide to address and tackle LGBTI+ discrimination
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.
16 December 2019
EU: UNI Europa ICTS issues recommendations for social partners regarding AI deployment
On 12 December the information, communications, technology and services (ICTS) branch of the European skills and services trade union federation UNI Europa published a report dedicated to artificial intelligence and its impact on jobs and employment. The report sends a clear message: “Trade unions must engage in within the AI debate to protect and enhance workers’ rights, human rights, and decent working standards.” The trade union organisation invites its affiliates to play a key role in driving collective...
13 December 2019
EU: postal sector social partners pen joint declaration on training
On 6 December, the European social dialogue committee for the postal sector adopted two joint declarations. The first covers the revision of the postal services directive and the second regards training workers in the digital age. In the second declaration, European social partners in the sector underline the importance of social dialogue when it comes to managing the transformation the sector is undergoing. This could involve transferring postal workers to parcel delivery roles, due to the rise of e-commerce,...
12 December 2019
USMCA: definitive version of the United States–Mexico–Canada Free Trade Agreement implements a new resolution mechanism for trade union freedom disputes
Following weeks of bitter negotiations between Mexico and the United States, negotiators have finally succeeded in releasing the paralysis surrounding ratification of the future USMCA free trade agreement (c.f. article No. 11009). The US democrats, who are tightly linked to the powerful US trade union confederations had in fact been extremely skeptical about Mexico’s progress towards...