News archive 2017

Germany – SPD election manifesto
26 May 2017
The SPD has published its draft election manifesto promising greater fairness, investment in education, and a lighter burden on lower income families. Instead of the broad tax cuts promised by Angela Merkel’s CDU/CSU party, the SPD wants to …. [more]

Christy Hoffman likely to be next UNI General Secretary
23 May 2017
Christy Hoffman, currently Deputy General Secretary of global union federation UNI, is expected to step up to the top job when present General Secretary Philip Jennings retires in 2018. The UNI Management Committee unanimously endorsed …. [more]

France – Macron appoints businesswoman to drive through labour reforms
18 May 2017
President Emmannuel Macron has appointed an experienced businesswoman to the sensitive post of Labour Minister, in a sign that he is serious about driving through reforms to the labour code. Muriel Pénicaud is currently CEO of Business France, …. [more]

Germany – Prosecutors investigate pay of VW works council chair
15 May 2017
Brunswick state prosecutors have opened a fraud investigation into how much Volkswagen pays its works council members. The investigation is believed to relate mainly to the full-time works council chair Bernd Osterloh, who also sits on the …. [more]

Commission report shows few EU countries have gender pay transparency
11 May 2017
A report on gender pay transparency for the EU Commission shows that just 10 out of 31 countries in the EEA have any rules to promote transparency. Five have implemented a pay reporting duty (Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, and Italy – …. [more]