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1 December 2021
EU: trade unions and several governments exhort the European Commission for the presumption of a salaried employee relationship to apply to digital platform workers
On 08 December, the European Commission is due to present a draft directive aimed at improving the working conditions and protection of platform workers. In an open letter to European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, several EU leaders are calling for the presumption of the employment relationship to be established for all delivery drivers, passenger car drivers, and domestic...
30 November 2021
EU: ahead of adoption of the minimum wage directive, what policies are operating in the Member States?
Now that MEPs have voted in favour of an amended draft directive on minimum wages, the text will next be negotiated over the coming weeks between MEPs and the EU Council. If adopted, the Directive should enable an improvement in the level of these salaries by way of collective bargaining, and should also provide for new sanctions in the event of violations of the right to minimum wages. As of the end of 2021, what minimum wages, if any, are the EU Members States applying? In this article Planet Labor compares the...
23 November 2021
EU: Danish Parliament rejects EU minimum wage directive
While MEPs are due to vote this week on a resolution that requires the EU Member States to promote social dialogue between employers and employees when collective wage agreements cover fewer than 80% of employees, the Nordic countries are united in opposing the EU Directive. On 18 November, the Danish Parliament voted to support the government in its rejection of the text. “I can understand that other countries are concerned about what is going on on their labour markets with low wages where people can’t live...
16 November 2021
EU: MEPs support EU minimum wage directive with strong emphasis on collective bargaining
On 11 November, MEPs on the Employment and Social Affairs Committee voted in favour of a draft directive for ‘fair minimum wages’. While the Member States were unable to reach an agreement on the text presented by the European Commission at the end of 2020, particularly in view of the opposition of the six countries (out of 27) that do not yet have a minimum wage, the MEPs have adopted a version that is close to the initial text. With it EU Member States should impose a legal minimum or mechanisms to promote...
28 September 2021
EU: European trade unions welcome the SPD victory in Germany
The European Trade Union Confederation has welcomed the SPD Social Democrat victory in Germany’s federal elections on 26 September (with 26% of the votes vs. approximately 24% for the CDU-CSU conservatives) as well as the victorious party’s flagship proposal to raise the minimum wage from €9.60 to €12 per hour (c.f. article No.12682). This victory ‘is a major boost is a major boost ‘to the campaign to end poverty pay across Europe by improving the EU’s directive on minimum wages’, the ETUC said in...
20 September 2021
EU: Commissioner for Jobs Nicolas Schmit gives update on projects in social sphere
With France set to take over the rotating European Union Council Presidency in the coming months, Nicolas Schmit, the European Commissioner for Jobs and Social Rights, made a trip to Paris to meet with meet ministers and social partners. Interviewed by members of the association of social news journalists (AJIS) on Friday 17 September, Schmit gave an update on the EU’s plans in the social sphere: minimum wages, vocational training, platforms and regulation of remote work. According to the Commissioner, these...
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16 July 2021
EU: a company can ban the display of visible signs of political or religious beliefs if justified by a ‘genuine need’ (CJEU ruling)
In a ruling handed down on 15 July, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) dismissed the applicants in two joined cases that saw the employees be sanctioned by their employers for wearing an Islamic headscarf. A company can prohibit the visible expression of political or religious beliefs if justified by a ‘genuine need’ that is linked to the expectations of customers or...
1 July 2021
Data: where do countries in Europe stand on paternity leave?
With France set to double the number of days of paternity leave from 01 July, Planet Labor decided to see how this measure is being implemented across Europe. From the 24 countries reviewed, which grant an average of 26 days leave upon the birth of a child, two countries clearly stand out. First is Spain with 112 days of paternity leave (16 weeks), 6 of which are compulsory at birth, and second is Norway with 105 days (15 weeks).
29 June 2021
EU: a new strategic framework on health and safety at work for 2021-2027 in a world marked by the Covid-19 pandemic
On 28 June, the European Commission presented a new strategic framework for occupational safety and health (OSH) based on three priorities: anticipating transitions, moving towards zero accidents, and preparing for potential future health crises. This framework is based on the European Pillar of Social Rights that the heads of the EU Member States validated in May 2021, and which in its Principle No. 10 and gives workers ‘the right to a high level of protection of their health and safety at work.’
10 May 2021
EU: could the Porto Social Summit mark a turning point?
Portugal took the Presidency of the Council of the European Union in January with the firm intention of pushing forward social issues (see article n°12298). The Porto Social Summit, which was attended on 7 and 8 May by heads of state and government as well as the leaders of EU institutions, in order to discuss the European Pillar of Social Rights, was announced as the pinnacle of the Portuguese presidency. The summit led to a joint statement and series of commitments, however it failed to break the deadlock on...