European ER news

Germany: Coalition approves draft law on parcel delivery sub-contractors
19 September 2019
The German Coalition has approved a draft bill prepared by Labour Minister Hubertus Heil which extends liability for subcontractors to the courier, express and parcel sector. As a result, the large parcel delivery services will be liable for ensuring social contributions are correctly paid for workers …. [more]


Lack of enforcement of social provisions threatens EU-Mercosur trade deal
18 September 2019
The recently-agreed trade deal between the EU and the four South American Mercosur countries (Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay) is under threat on part because of criticism of its provisions on social/employment issues. The agreement must be approved by all 28 EU member states, and today …. [more]


Germany: Heil wants to present law limiting temporary contracts this year
13 September 2019
Labour minister Hubertus Heil is hoping to present a draft law limiting employers’ use of temporary contracts before the end of the year. A spokeswoman for the SPD minister Heil said that the policy contained in the coalition agreement restricting the use of fixed-term contracts was on the agenda …. [more]


Trade unions call (again) for EU action on democracy at work
12 September 2019
On the 25th anniversary of the European Works Council Directive, the European TUC is calling on the new European Commission and Parliament to strengthen workers’ democracy across the European Union. A statement presented at the ETUC’s annual EWC conference in Brussels today called for …. [more]


UK: Labour party plans for employment law
11 September 2019
Speaking at the TUC Congress, Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn said a Labour government would create a Ministry for Employment Rights to “bring about the biggest extension of rights for workers that our country has ever seen”, enforced by a new Workers Protection Agency, and backed up by a …. [more]