News archive 2016

UK – Gerard Coyne enters contest for Unite leadership
15 December 2016
As expected, union moderate Gerard Coyne has thrown his hat into the ring for next year’s Unite general secretary leadership contest. The West Midlands regional secretary said current leader Len McCluskey is devoting too much time to running …. [more]


UK – Agency workers in the spotlight
8 December 2016
Gig economy and zero hours workers have been in the spotlight in recent months, but now it is the turn of agency workers. The Resolution Foundation published a report this week calling them “the forgotten face of the UK’s modern workforce”. It is …. [more]


Germany – New 3-year wage agreement for temporary workers
1 December 2016
Employers and trade unions have reached a new 3-year wage agreement for temporary agency workers, to take effect from 1 March 2017. There are 9 pay grades which take into account different levels of qualification. The bottom grade will see an …. [more]


Germany – draft law on equal pay published
25 November 2016
Women’s Minister Manuela Schwesig has presented a revised draft proposal for a law on the promotion of wage equality between women and men. The aim of the project is to “improve the transparency of remuneration and gender pay structures” in order …. [more]


Presidential favourite could be French Thatcher
21 November 2016
The frontrunner to succeed François Hollande as French President next year is centre-right candidate François Fillon. He was the surprise winner in Sunday’s primary election first round to choose the Presidential candidate for Les …. [more]