Discover our content for free!

Receive daily social, legal, European or international news by email

19 March 2019
Solvay: agreement to maintain the UK within the scope of group’s EWC
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.
EWC agreements and recast directive
12 March 2019
Unilever: agreement signed with EWC on the ‘Future of Work’ to support retraining of workers and the development of employment models that are more compatible with their expectations
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.
European Framework Agreement
18 February 2019
ENGIE: social forum held to renew focus on implementing European agreement to anticipate industry changes and safeguard employability
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: agreement struck that institutes its Societas Europaea (SE) company committee
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...
European company
5 February 2019
Société Générale renews the global agreement with UNI Global Union on fundamental rights
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....
Global Framework Agreements
22 January 2019
Global framework agreement update (UniCredit, Meliá Hotels)
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...
Global Framework Agreements
22 January 2019
IndustriALL Global suspends its global agreement with German carmaker Volkswagen (in brief)
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
H&M and IndustriALL Global together secure a global dispute resolution mechanism
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.
Global Framework Agreements