UK: CAC rejects union recognition claim based on “joint employer”
15 January 2018
The Central Arbitration Committee has rejected a claim by the Independent Workers’ Union of Great Britain for recognition by the University of London for workers who are employed by an outsourcing company, Cordant. The IWGB argued that the University was the de facto employers of the 75 …. [more]


UK: Priorities for the new employment minister
12 January 2018
Following this week’s government reshuffle, the new employment minister at the Department for Business is Andrew Griffiths. He has replaced Margot James, and is likely to inherit the same responsibilities, which include employment relations, although this has not yet been officially …. [more]


France: Government planning initiative on equal pay transparency
10 January 2018
The Secretary of State for Equality between Women and Men, Marlene Schiappa, announced this week the upcoming presentation of a “hard and very concrete” plan on equal pay transparency. She said ” there are laws [on equal pay] that have existed since the 1980s … It does not work: there is …. [more]


Germany: IG Metall continuing to push for 28 hour week
8 January 2018
German’s largest trade union, IG Metall, representing 3.9 million metal and electrical engineering workers, is continuing to press demands for a 6% pay rise and the right to a 28-hour week. Tens of thousands of workers staged “warning strikes” this week at dozens of firms including Volkswagen, …. [more]


EU working conditions directive – application to existing employees and to UK
5 January 2018
In December the EU Commission issued a proposal for a directive on transparent and predictable working conditions, to replace the current directive on “written particulars”. A question that arises is how the directive would apply to existing employees. The answer is given in Article 21 (on page 15 …. [more]