European ER news

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]