News archive 2016

UK: Important ruling on European Works Councils
25 January 2016
The UK’s Central Arbitration Committee has delivered what is probably its most important ruling yet in a case involving a European Works Council. The complaint was brought by the EWC of US company Emerson. It said the company had made a …. [more]


UK employers may have to pay Immigration Skills Charge of £1,000
21 January 2016
UK employers may have to pay an annual charge of £1,000 for every skilled worker, including intra-company transfers, brought in from outside Europe. This is one of the recommendations in a Migration Advisory Committee report to the …. [more]


Multinationals waste money on supply chain audits
18 January 2016
…according to a new report from the University of Sheffield, published last week and summarised in the Guardian. The report says the audit regime is “working” for corporations, but failing workers with labour abuses and poor working conditions …. [more]


France – Goodyear “bossnappers” jailed for 9 months
12 January 2016
Eight Goodyear workers who held two managers hostage in a meeting room for 30 hours have been jailed for nine months. The “bossnapping” incident occurred at the Goodyear plant in Amiens, northern France in January 2014. The production …. [more]


EU social partners disagree on new working parents legislation
8 January 2016
Employer groups and trade unions disagree on whether new EU legislation for working parents is needed. In their responses to the EU Commission’s consultation on the subject, BusinessEurope (representing larger private-sector employers) says …. [more]