European ER news

UK: Tougher rules against misuse of non-disclosure agreements
7 March 2019
The Department for Business has issued a consultation on preventing misuse of non-disclosure agreements and confidentiality clauses in situations of workplace harassment or discrimination. It committed to doing so, along with various other measures, in response to last year’s report by the …. [more]


France: Ford to pay €185 million to close Blanquefort plant
6 March 2019
US car maker Ford will pay €165 million to 850 workers losing their jobs at the company’s Blanquefort plant near Bordeaux, and a further €20 million to “reindustrialise” the site. Minister of the Economy Bruno Le Maire said “Ford will pay €20 million for the reindustrialisation of the site. …. [more]


Macron calls for “social shield” for all EU workers
4 March 2019
In his message to the Citizens of Europe published this week in 22 languages in newspapers across the Continent, and on the Elysee website, French President Emanuel Macron called for a European renewal built around three ambitions: freedom, protection and progress. Under “progress” he said …. [more]


UK: Union seeks collective bargaining rights for outsourced workers
28 February 2019
The Independent Workers’ Union of Great Britain is currently in the High Court appealing last year’s ruling by the Central Arbitration Committee denying it bargaining rights for outsourced workers at London University. The IWGB, which calls itself the “baddest union in town” is arguing that denying …. [more]


French government to legislate against use of short-term contracts
27 February 2019
The French government has said it will legislate to deter the excessive use of short-term contracts, following the failure of negotiations on the subject between the social partners. Changes will be made in the context of a reform of unemployment insurance, due to be presented in the spring, PM …. [more]