News archive 2017

EU report on religious clothing and symbols in employment
14 December 2017
The European Commission has published a useful report analysing the legal situation in the EU member states regarding the religious clothing and symbols in employment. The report is by the European network of legal experts in gender equality and non-discrimination and is authored by …. [more]

UNI sets out demands on ethical AI and employee data protection
13 December 2017
Global union federation UNI has produced two sets of principles to govern the future world of work, covering employers’ use of artificial intelligence and employees’ data. It wants to see the principles implemented through collective agreements at company or sectoral level. …. [more]

Germany: SPD want early agreement on right to return to full-time work
11 December 2017
Coalition discussions between the centre-right CDU/CSU and centre-left SPD have got off to a cagey start with each side issuing warnings to the other. CDU politicians have warned the SPD against an “excessive list of demands”. Meanwhile SPD General Secretary Lars …. [more]

France: Government considering changes to the minimum wage
7 December 2017
The French Government is considering changes to the way the national minimum wage (salaire minimum interprofessionnel de croissance or SMIC) is calculated, which could see it rising less quickly in future. It follows a report from a group of experts which advises the Government calling into …. [more]

Germany: SPD sets out its demands for government
6 December 2017
The Sozialdemokratische Partei Deutschlands (SPD) has set out its demands (in German) if it is to support Angela Merkel’s CDU/CSU party in a new government. In a paper entitled “Our way. For a modern and fair Germany” it says it feels obliged to explore in talks whether and in what form the …. [more]