European ER news

The following is a selection of items from our weekly bulletin to member companies. Please contact us if you would like to receive our bulletin on a trial basis.


Sectoral collective bargaining in Europe
28 June 2019
European trade unions are pushing back on the decline in sectoral bargaining in Europe, with plans to campaign on the issue over the coming months and years. This week the European Presidency of the EU, together with the ETUC, organised a conference “a new start for collective bargaining in [more]


New ILO Convention gives right to work without violence and harassment
27 June 2019
At its Centenary shindig, the ILO adopted a new Convention (likely to be No.190) concerning the elimination of violence and harassment in the world of work. It requires governments that choose to ratify it to, amongst other things, prohibit violence and harassment, adopt a comprehensive …. [more]


France: Trade unions seek to block GE social plan
25 June 2019
Trade unions at US conglomerate General Electric have asked the tribunal de grande instance (TGI) at Belfort to suspend the company’s social plan which envisages the removal of more than 1,000 jobs at its gas turbines manufacturing plant in the town near the Swiss border in eastern France. The …. [more]


ETUC says one-third of trade unionists voted for far-right at last EU election
21 June 2019
The European Trade Union Confederation has run a survey among its active members, asking them who they voted for at the last national and European elections. Perhaps to the ETUC’s surprise, one-third of trade union members admitted they had voted for far-right parties. When they were asked …. [more]


UK: CAC rules on transfer of governing law for European Works Council
20 June 2019
In an important case for any company considering transferring the governing law applying to its European Works Council (eg because of Brexit), the Central Arbitration Committee has rejected a complaint by trade union Unite trying to stop it. The case involves Hewlett Packard Enterprise, …. [more]


France: Reform of unemployment insurance to penalise use of short-term contracts
18 June 2019
The government has announced a long-awaited reform of unemployment insurance which will require people to work for longer before claiming benefits, reduce pay-outs for higher earners and make short-term contracts more expensive for employers in some sectors. The aim is to save …. [more]


Member states continue “soft” approach to closing gender pay gap, for now
16 June 2019
At last week’s meeting of EU employment ministers (the Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council), member state governments agreed “Council conclusions” on closing the gender pay gap within the EU. This continues the “soft law” approach of encouraging and urging …. [more]