European ER news

UK – Naming and shaming of companies with too few women directors
4 July 2019
FTSE 350 companies – the largest ones listed on the London Stock Exchange – are coming under increasing pressure to appoint more women to their boards, and not to stop at just one. The government-supported Hampton-Alexander Review which has been reporting since 2016, has …. [more]


France – Court refuses to suspend General Electric’s social plan
3 July 2019
The Tribunal de Grande Instance in Belfort ruled this week that it did not have competence to decide on the request by trade unions to suspend the social plan of US company General Electric. The job protection plan (plan de sauvegarde de l’emploi or PSE) involves the removal of more than 1,000 …. [more]


Germany – DGB demands living wage of €12 an hour
1 July 2019
The German trade union confederation (Deutscher Gewerkschaftsbund or DGB) wants the minimum wage raised to €12 an hour, with stronger enforcement to prevent employers evading it. In an interview with Saarbrücker Zeitung, DGB Executive Board member Stefan Körzell said there should …. [more]


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]