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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
Planet Labor is taking time off to enjoy the summer break. No fresh updates will be published until the morning of 26 August. You can of course access all our previous articles during this period and we look forward to recommencing business as usual upon our return. If you have any problems connecting to the site, do not hesitate to contact us by email ( or by telephone (+33 (0) 1 57 40 60 09). Whatever your plans, we wish you all an enjoyable summer.
18 July 2019
EU: Expert Group on European Works Councils put on hold until further notice
An Expert Group on European Works Councils had been the European Commissions’ compromise response to its assessment of the EWC Recast Directive (2009/38/EC); i.e. no new revisions to the text, but instead the establishment of a joint group of experts that would collaborate on preparing a practical handbook with relevant best practices. The first meeting of the group of experts from both employers and trade union bodies was held on 01 April 2019. The meeting adjourned however with no agreement possible and as a...
18 July 2019
Orange: global agreement on making gender equality a priority within the Orange group
On 17 July Orange together with the international services union federation Uni Global, and the Orange Union Alliance (that brings together union organizations represented within the Orange group, c.f. article No. 070469) signed its third global agreement ‘promoting workplace gender equality, combatting discrimination and violence, and promoting work-life balance.’ This new agreement seeks to ensure occupational gender equality, tackle discrimination and violence, and promote work-life balance especially by...
Global Framework Agreements
9 July 2019
Renault: signs a global framework agreement on the quality of life at work for its employees
This global framework agreement, which was signed on 09 July by the French automaker Renault Group along with IndustriALL Global Union, the Secretary of the Renault Group Works Council (a global council) and the trade union bodies represented within it, is in fact quite unique. Entitled, ‘Building the world of work together at Renault Group’, Renault’s second global framework agreement (its first was signed in 2013 and addressed fundamental rights at work, c.f. article No. 130445) comes at a time when the...
Disconnect Global Framework Agreements Quality of working life
2 July 2019
Airbus: first ever Airbus Global Forum (AGF) meeting has been held
During the international Paris Air Show, the first ever Airbus Global Forum (AGF) meeting was held at the Airbus Helicopters site in Paris Le Bourget on 20 and 21 June 2019. An entirely voluntary management initiative, this global social dialogue body aims to enable representatives to tackle various strategic challenges facing the Group. Historically based in Europe, Airbus is also demonstrating its now wholly global nature as well as increasing internationalization. Presided by Thierry Baril, Airbus Group HR...
26 June 2019
BEL: an agreement that puts a European Works Council in place
On 20 June, cheese group Bel (which employs just over 5,500 across Europe) along with the SNB and with assistance from EFFAT (European Federation of Trade Unions in the Food, Agriculture and Tourism sectors), signed an agreement for the putting in place of a European Works Council. In terms of geographical scope the agreement includes Ukraine as well as Switzerland in the EWC’s remit and intends to maintain UK representatives under a no-deal Brexit scenario. Information will commence with a notice detailing the...
EWC agreements and recast directive
25 June 2019
ENI: renews its global framework agreement (GFA) with IndustriALL Global Union
On 21 June, Italy energy company ENI, the global trade union federation IndustriALL Global Union, and three Italian sector-relevant trade unions renewed their GFA. In it the company commits to developing its human rights due diligence to ensure its alignment with the UN guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, and it puts greater emphasis on improving working conditions in supply chains. The GFA also included a new article on sustainable development and environmental protection and includes the principle...
25 June 2019
United Kingdom: a non-European group may change the country of its representative agent for negotiating an EWC
In a decision passed on 18 June (here), a Central Arbitration Committee in the UK declared that the leadership of a non-European company, in this case Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company (HPE), may change the location of its European subsidiary that will act as its representative agent in the context of the negotiation of a European Works Council, provided that this re-designation is made in good faith and employee rights of information and consultation are preserved. In this case, the IT giant re-designated its...