European ER news

UNI Europa wants EU to support sectoral collective bargaining
23 May 2019
Also at the ETUC Congress this week were global union federation UNI, whose European Regional Secretary Oliver Roethig called on the ETUC and all unions to join forces to “reverse the EU’s negative approach to collective bargaining”. He said the ETUC should focus on three priorities over …. [more]


UK: (Current) PM promises Workers’ Rights Bill
22 May 2019
In another bid to win Labour MPs over to her Brexit Withdrawal agreement, Theresa May this week promised a new Workers’ Rights Bill “to ensure UK workers enjoy rights that are every bit as good as, or better than, those provided for by EU rules”. She said, “I am absolutely committed to the UK …. [more]


Germany: Economy minister does not want to implement ECJ ruling on working hours
21 May 2019
Last week’s ruling by the European Court of Justice that employers must record all workers’ working hours has caused disagreement in the coalition government between the economy and labour ministers. The Minister of the Economy and Energy, Peter Altmaier of the CDU, says he does not …. [more]


UK: Capita appoints two employees to board
15 May 2019
UK outsourcing company Capita is believed to be the first FTSE 250 company for 30 years to appoint workers as directors on its main board. The two employees, an accountant/finance manager and a civil engineer/project manager, will become non-executive directors with “the same level of …. [more]


ECJ says employers must record working time
14 May 2019
The European Court of Justice has ruled that all member states must require employers to “set up a system enabling the duration of time worked each day by each worker to be measured” (para 72). Agreeing with the opinion of its Advocate-General (see our bulletin of 31st January), in a case …. [more]