2 October 2019
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...
16 September 2019
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....
11 September 2019
Promoting diversity and work-life balance and including workers with disabilities are just some of Italian insurance company Generali’s commitments that have been further bolstered by the joint Diversity and Inclusion statement that was signed by both Generali management and the European Works Council (EWC) in June 2019 and published on the company’s website on 09 September.
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.
4 December 2018
Trade union federation Uni Europa published the information that on 01 July 2018 a joint declaration was signed by the social partners of the Groupama SA EWC (represented by its secretary) and the group’s CEO, which translates ‘the signatories commitment to promoting an innovative approach and a shared vocabulary as regards quality of life at work as an avenue for supporting how...
18 April 2018
On 05 April during the EWC annual meeting the milk products group signed with the European Federation of Food, Agriculture and Tourism Trade Unions (EFFAT) a declaration on inclusion, diversity and equality at the workplace. In it the parties commit to ‘enforcing effective measures aimed at achieving real equality between women and men and eliminate any direct or indirect discrimination based on religion, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, political beliefs, trade union membership or any other personal or...
27 March 2018
On 28 February, Solvay CEO, Jean-Pierre Clamadieu and EWC coordinator Albert Kruft together signed the first European text that recognizes skills acquired by those undertaking employee representation mandates so as to promote their employability and include their representation activity as part of their professional development path. In May 2017 the Belgian chemicals group negotiated a similar agreement with its French BU (UES)*, (c.f. article No. 10189) and this new Charter transposes the content Europe-wide.
22 December 2017
On 21 December 2017, ENGIE and the European Trade Union Federations IndustriAll Europe, EPSU and EFBWW signed a new European agreement extending that of June 2012 on professional equality between women and men (c.f. article No. 120368). As in 2012 the energy group commits to guaranteeing equal opportunity in the field of recruitment, fairness in terms of career development, equal access to occupational training as well as equal pay for women and men for equal work or for work, which is of equal value. This...
30 November 2017
This declaration is a first in Europe’s banking sector. It sets out a series of measures that recognize workers’ skills and working time, whilst also respecting their private lives at a time when technological innovation is changing working arrangements. This declaration sets some common principles for all countries where UniCredit has a presence to ensure the appropriate use of digital communication tools, facilitate flexible workplaces and working hours, and promote both workers’ wellbeing and changing...
21 September 2017
Italy’s insurance group Generali is looking to develop teleworking as one of the aspects of smart working. Management and the EWC select committee signed a declaration on 16 May 2017 whereby they ‘intend to support entities in the different regions to establish an innovative working environment that is in the interests of both the employers and the employees.’