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Sectors : Energy and water supply; waste management
27 January 2020
Spain: collective agreement signed at Endesa after intervention of arbitrator on preferential energy rates for former employees, but union discord persists
On 23 January the management at Spanish utility company Endesa and the UGT, the majority union at the company, signed the company’s new collective agreement. The agreement, which should in principle put an end to more than two years of conflict (see article n°11455), was made possible after the intervention of an arbitrator who proposed a solution regarding the preferential...
27 November 2019
Siemens Gamesa: renewal of the Global Framework Agreement on Social Responsibility with IndustriALL Global
On 25 November the former Spanish-based wind turbine manufacturer and wind services provider that merged with Siemens in 2017 signed a Global Framework Agreement (GFA) with the IndustriALL Global Union federation. The new agreement strengthens commitments to fundamental labor rights, raises health and safety requirements and standards, especially vis-à-vis sub-contractors, contains references to a just transition, and intends for a due diligence plan based on OECD guidance for responsible business conduct. This...
12 November 2019
Italy: collective agreement renewal for the water and oil services sector
On 07 November 2019 social partners in Italy’s water and oil sector signed a draft agreement to renew the sector’s collective agreement that expired on 31 December 2018 and that covers some 48,000 workers. In it, the agreement, which is backdated to run from 01 January 2019 until 31 December 2021, intends for an overall salary increase of €106. In a sector that has been profoundly affected by both technological and regulatory change, this new agreement assigns industrial relations a significant role, as well...
30 October 2019
Spain : the calling into question of preferential energy rates for retirees crystalizes the dispute between Endesa’s management and the trade unions
A collective agreement that has lapsed, negotiations that have stalled, a ‘sit-in’ and notice of five consecutive days of strike action in November (from 1-15 November) are all evidence of mounting tensions at Endesa, Spain’s largest electric utility company. A review of the preferential electricity rates applied to Endesa’s 26,000 retirees has crystallized the dispute at a time...
11 October 2019
Italy : collective agreement in power sector renewed with several innovations
Social partners in Italy’s electric power sector signed a draft deal to renew their collective agreement on 9 October. The agreement applies to some 50,000 workers, including employees of Enel, the energy company that is partly owned by the Italian state, as well as Terna, the transmission system operator in Italy. The new collective agreement, which includes an overall pay rise of 124 euros, seeks to support the sector through the energy transition phase. Other new features include the extension of the...
2 October 2019
SUEZ : renewed European agreement on professional equality detailed by group industrial relations director
On 12 September 2019, global utilities group SUEZ signed a new European agreement on professional equality that applies to almost 61,000 staff working across all its subsidiaries Europewide. The agreement targets a continued increase in the number of females employed and affirms its zero tolerance policy in terms of wage discrimination and sexual harassment, as well as making a commitment to match paternity leave remuneration conditions with those for maternity leave (c.f. article No. 11355). In an interview with...
European Framework Agreement
20 September 2019
Italy : energy and oil sector collective agreement renewed
On 19 September, social partners from the energy and oil sector penned a draft deal to renew their collective agreement, which expired at the end of 2018 and applies to some 35,000 workers, including those employed by industry giants ENI, Snam and Esso. The new national collective agreement (CCN), which applies retroactively from 1 January 2019 until 31 December 2021, includes a 120-euro pay rise over three years. According to Confindustria, the General Confederation of Italian Industry, the deal is “almost a...
16 September 2019
Suez: European agreement on professional equality renewed
Today, on 16 September, Bertrand Camus, chief executive of French utility group Suez, the group’s European trade unions, and the European Union Federations have signed an agreement to reinforce the fostering of professional equality. Suez had previously made a commitment of this kind in 2015, as part of a European agreement on professional equality signed with the same bodies (see article n°8995). This latest agreement resumes that commitment, with an update to part of its contents and its quantified targets....
European Framework Agreement
13 July 2017
Argentina: metals and oil sectors conclude wage agreements
Two key industrial sectors concluded their annual wage agreements (Paritaria) in June. The oil and metals sectors signed separate specific agreements after hard fought compromises were wrung from between union demands and employer and governmental limits all the while against an inflationary macroeconomic backdrop that continues to put the country and wage discussions under pressure.