19 March 2019
The management at the Belgian chemicals group and members of its European Works Council have decided that “considering the importance of social dialogue in the company, the continuity should prevail and therefore the two current seats occupied by Solvay UK employees’ representatives shall remain, with equal rights and status, part of the Solvay EWC.” This decision comes as part of an amendment to the group’s EWC agreement, agreed on 15 March.
12 March 2019
On Wednesday 5 March, the management at consumer goods group Unilever signed an agreement on the ‘future of work’ with its European Works Council. The deal sets out jointly-devised measures, to be funded by Unilever, to put in place a common programme to support transformation at the group.
18 February 2019
Back in 2016, the energy group ENGIE signed a European agreement with three union federations – IndustriALL Europe, EPSU (European Public Services Union) and the EFBW (European Federation of Building and Woodworkers) – which sought to allow each employee to build his/her career path in the group “against a backdrop of organisational change” (see article n°9597). The agreement reaffirmed and bolstered the GPEC (forward-looking employment and skills) agreement that was established as part of a previous...
15 February 2019
Faurecia now possess ‘a legal status that is more representative of the Group’s European dimension and that will bolster both its international image and its attractiveness vis-à-vis all of its stakeholders,’ underlined the group’s press statement (04 January 2019) that announced the French automotive parts manufacturer adopted Societas Europaea (SE) status as of 26 December 2018. To enable the SE transformation, Faurecia first concluded an agreement on 22 October 2018 covering worker involvement and its...
5 February 2019
On 04 February, Société Générale together with UNI Global Union renewed their global agreement on fundamental rights. This new version explicitly addresses the role of the international trade union federation in terms of French Duty of Care legislation for corporates, and add two new pillars, namely, combatting discrimination and developing workplace diversity, health and safety and wellbeing to that of freedom of association, which was comprehensively developed in the first 2015 agreement (c.f. article No....
1 February 2019
On 17 January 2019, a landmark agreement was signed between Spanish hotels group Meliá Hotels International and the IUF (International Union of Food, Agriculture, Hotel, Restaurant, Catering, Tobacco and Allied Workers’ Associations) that aims to help prevent sexual harassment.
24 January 2019
On 22 January 2019, Italian banking group UniCredit together with the international services union federation Uni Global signed a 2-year international agreement on Fundamental Human Rights at Work. In it are commitments to tackle sexual harassment and promote work-life balance.
22 January 2019
On 22 January 2019, in a press released published the same day (here), Italian financial services company UniCredit announced the signature with UNI Global Union of a Global agreement that secures human and labor rights as well as responsible, sustainable sales practices for the bank’s 147,000 employees in 22 countries.’ This landmark agreement concluded by the Italian banking group includes responsible sales protection (fair, transparent, sustainable employee sales targets and financial products that meet...
22 January 2019
In December 2018 and in what is a first ever for IndustriALL Global Union, the international industry federation’s executive committee unanimously voted to suspend a global agreement. Referring to the German car manufacturer’s consistent refusal to accord the same rights to its workers in Chattanooga, Tennessee, US, as it does in the rest of the world ‘IndustriALL Global Union is today (21 January 2019) suspending its long-standing global agreement with Volkswagen.’ The union federation has repeatedly...
8 January 2019
IndustriALL Global’s Global Framework Agreement (GFA) is unique in that it comprises National Monitoring Committees (NMC) that are made up of representatives from unions and company management and that are tasked with implementing the GFA at local level. During the NMCs second global meeting held between 10 and 12 December 2018 in the Cambodian capital Phnom Penh, the attendees reached agreement on a set of recommendations to resolve any disputes that may arise from implementing the GFA.