News archive 2017

Germany: Labour law issues discussed in coalition talks
17 November 2017
Fixed-term contracts, the minimum wage and working time have apparently been discussed in initial talks between Angela Merkel’s CDU/CSU party, the Free Democrats and the Green party about forming a coalition government. Reuters reports (in German, “Union” = the CDU/CSU) that the …. [more]

UK: Meeting with BEIS about EWCs and Brexit
16 November 2017
We took a group of companies this week to meet with officials at the Department for Business responsible for advising ministers on all things Brexit concerning employment law. We discussed the implications of various scenarios for European Works Councils. They agreed with us that the EWC …. [more]

France: Interview with labour minister Muriel Pénicaud
14 November 2017
Companies with operations in France might be interested to read an interview with French labour minister Muriel Pénicaud on the Politico website (in English). She attributes her success in pushing through the first phase of labour reforms to extensive consultation with trade unions behind closed …. [more]

Trade unions alarmed by European Court’s working time ruling
13 November 2017
European trade unions are worried that employers will use last week’s ruling by the European Court of Justice on working time to make workers work for 12 days before they get a day of rest. They are also concerned that workers never get the same day off each week, limiting the time they can spend …. [more]

IndustriAll deplores EU’s lack of ambition on worker participation
10 November 2017
Global union federation IndustriAll has deplored the EU Commission’s lack of ambition on democracy at the workplace, seen in the fact that no new substantial or legally binding initiative has been taken at European level since the adoption of the Recast EWC Directive in 2009. Its European …. [more]