Germany/NL: Unions at odds over investment by Thyssenkrupp/Tata Steel
28 March 2018
German unions at Thyssenkrupp, which is merging its European steelmaking business with Tata Steel, are at odds with their counterparts in the Netherlands over a planned labour agreement which they say goes too far in protecting work and sites in Holland. Tata Steel has guaranteed its Dutch …. [more]


France: Labour minister presents 10-point plan to end gender pay gap
27 March 2018
Labour minister Muriel Pénicaud has presented 10 actions to end the unjustified wage gap (9% at national level) and to advance professional equality between women and men. They were presented to the social partners earlier this month for discussion on some of the details. They …. [more]


UK: EHRC enforcement of gender pay reporting
26 March 2018
The Equality & Human Rights Commission has published the final version of its plans for enforcing gender pay reporting, having consulted on a draft last year. With around half of employers not yet having published their pay gaps, and the 4 April deadline almost here, the EHRC will use a very long- …. [more]


Guidelines on EU-UK future relationship stress need for level playing field
26 March 2018
The EU 27 last Friday formally adopted Guidelines for Michel Barnier’s negotiations over the future EU-UK relationship. As expected, they stress the need for a level playing field on social protections and other areas. Repeating language from Barnier’s presentation at the end of January, the …. [more]


Unite’s pay claim generator
22 March 2018
Trade union Unite is hailing the success of its “pay claim generator” as part of its “growing campaign to fight for increased pay and a fair share of company profits”. The online tool available to Unite reps enables them to “arm themselves with the latest financial information and help prevent …. [more]