The social dimension in Juncker’s state of the union address
13 September 2018
European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker touched only very briefly on social/employment issues in his annual “state of the union” address to the European Parliament yesterday. With just a few months left until European Parliament elections, the emphasis in terms …. [more]


UK – Measuring the quality of work
10 September 2018
The UK Business Department’s response to last year’s Taylor report on modern working practices accepted the recommendation to draw up a set of measures against which the “quality of work” could be evaluated. This was part of a commitment to report each year on the quality of work in the …. [more]


Ryanair unions threaten strikes if the board is not replaced
6 September 2018
Airline unions across Europe have threated low-cost carrier Ryanair with concerted strike action if shareholders do not oust the company’s board of directors. Seven trade unions representing cabin crew, pilots and ground-handling staff from Italy, Portugal, Belgium, Spain and the Netherlands …. [more]


UK government issues (non-)guidance on EWCs if there is no Brexit deal
24 August 2018
The UK Department for Business has issued “guidance” on Workplace Rights if there’s no Brexit deal, which includes a section on European Works Councils. In reality, the document provides no guidance of any value on EWCs and could be dangerously misleading. We attempted to extract …. [more]


Esprit signs up to legally-enforceable global framework agreement
7 August 2018
Global union federation IndustriALL has signed a global framework agreement with German fashion brand, Esprit, committing to respect, protect and champion the rights of workers in its supply chain. The agreement covers 525,000 workers at more than 1,100 suppliers making textile, …. [more]