European ER news

EU Commission relaunches Social Europe
17 January 2020
The new European Commission under the leadership of Ursula von der Leyen has effectively relaunched “social Europe” with the publication of a communication with the rather un-catchy title A strong social Europe for just transitions. The transitions referred to are challenges that Europe …. [more]


Consultation of social partners on EU minimum wage directive
17 January 2020
Alongside the Social Europe communication, the Commission has launched the first stage consultation of the social partners (BusinessEurope, ETUC etc) on fair minimum wages. Under the EU Treaty, the Commission is required to consult the social partners in two stages before proposing …. [more]


ETUI publishes biggest ever survey of European Works Council reps
10 January 2020
The European Trade Union Institute has just published a survey of 1,635 EWC employee representatives from all EU countries representing 365 different EWCs. The report Can anybody hear us? says EWC reps answered as follows: …. [more]


France: Orange executives found guilty over workers’ suicides
3 January 2020
Three former executives at French telecoms group Orange – including the former HR director – were found guilty of “moral harassment” by a Paris Court shortly before Christmas, and sentenced to a year in prison, and a €15,000 fine each. The case revolved around a spate of suicides during a …. [more]


UK: New CAC ruling on European Works Councils is helpful for employers
2 January 2020
The Central Arbitration Committee has published its latest ruling on a complaint by a European Works Councils. It is a second complaint involving the US telecoms company Verizon (see our bulletin of 10th October for the first). This one concerned whether the company had provided …. [more]