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17 February 2021
Great Britain: a new CAC decision on European Works Councils and the transfer of a corporate management’s representative agent to Ireland post-Brexit
On 16 February, the CAC* (Central Arbitration Committee, is the first instance that deals with disputes over collective rights) handed down a new decision (here) on a case concerning a company (non-European) that transferred its corporate management’s representative agent to Ireland as a result of Brexit (for more on an earlier CAC EWC-related decision on 18 January 2021, c.f. article...
9 February 2021
EU: European Trade Union Institute (ETUI) launches a survey on how European WCs’ have managed the impact of Covid-19
We are relaying the ETUI’s call to European WC members and coordinators to complete a survey that seeks to find out how EWCs have been involved in managing the impact of the Covid pandemic. The survey has been designed to only take 15 minutes to complete. Although the survey is written in English, the presentation page guides respondents on how to automatically translate the questionnaire online. You can access the questionnaire here:
26 January 2021
Google: Alpha Global, a global trade union alliance launches as a counterweight to the company
Less than 3 weeks after the announcement of the launch of a Google labour union (the Alphabet Workers Union) in the United States an international coalition of 13 Google unions (Verdi, Unionen, etc.) from 10 countries was formed on 25 January called Alpha Global (named after Google’s parent company Alphabet, c.f. article No.12288), and is headed by UNI Global Union, the global union services federation. The coalition has four main objectives: to set up a global strategy and cooperation between the unions...
22 January 2021
EU: recommendations from European trade union federations to help EWC representatives manage the impact of Brexit
The trade union federations IndustriAll Europe, Uni Europa, EFFAT, EPSU, ETF and EFBWW have issued “joint […]  recommendations to EWC/SE coordinators and worker representatives in SNBs, EWCs and SEs” to manage the impact of the UK’s departure from the European Union. The federations invite representatives to make Brexit a recurring theme and a subject of information and consultation and urge them to fight to make sure UK representatives keep their seats on their respective bodies. Furthermore, the...
21 January 2021
TK Elevator: signs a global framework agreement
On 25 November 2020 the TK Elevator group (TKE group) together with IndustriALL Global union, the German works council, the European Works Council and the German trade union federation IG Metall signed a global framework agreement. TKE group (50,000+ employees worldwide) is the result of a spin-off by the German multi-industrial group Thyssenkrupp in early 2020. In 2015, former owner Thyssenkrupp signed a GFA on labor standards (c.f. article No. 8969) with IG Metall, and this TKE agreement has taken that up and...
Global Framework Agreements
19 January 2021
Great Britain: fresh decision on European Works Councils against the backdrop of Verizon’s transfer of its representative agent to Ireland and the removal of UK representatives
Is this the final episode in the Verizon European Works Council (EWC) saga? Barring a reversal on appeal, it would appear that despite its determined activism, the Verizon EWC (c.f. articles No.12166 and No.11716), will no longer be able to take legal action. A CAC* decision published on 18 January (here) has stated that the agreement instituting the EWC had expired on 19 October 2020...
18 January 2021
Solvay: global agreement on minimum levels of protection revised to align paternity and co-parent leave with maternity leave
On 15 December 2020, the management of the Belgian chemicals firm Solvay and its global staff representation body, the Solvay Global Forum (see article n°10248), revised their first global agreement on the minimum levels of protection for employees in terms of welfare and healthcare, signed on 22 February 2017 (see article n°10083), in order to extend parental leave (mothers, fathers, co-parents and adoptive parents) to 16 weeks.
Global Framework Agreements Parenthood
4 January 2021
Inditex: clothing giant makes commitment with European Works Council to preserve jobs despite transformation plan
Following the announcement of a strategic transformation and digitalisation plan, the management of Inditex, the parent company of the prêt-à-porter brands Zara and Pull & Bear, revealed that it had already committed in June to preserving jobs despite the closure of shops that its strategy entails. A joint statement issued on 21 December by Inditex and the EWC details the commitment made by the management as well as the approach adopted: “A process has been launched, together with trade union...
European Framework Agreement
15 December 2020
European Works Council: two new UK decisions on the role and means of the European Works Council
The CAC (Central Arbitration Committee), which oversees the regulation of UK labour law as it relates to industrial relations matters, issued two decisions in late November and early December connected with the US IT multinational HPE’s (Hewlett Packard Enterprises) global business transformation project. These decisions concern the subsidiary requirements from the European Works Council Directive (2009/38/EC), as detailed and transposed into UK law by the Transnational Information and Consultation of Employees...