News archive 2017

French law on supply chain responsibility could become model for other countries
23 February 2017
The French Parliament this week gave final approval to a law on companies’ supply chain responsibilities that could become a model for other EU countries. The new law (Loi relative au devoir de vigilance des sociétés mères et des entreprises …. [more]

MEPs want EU-wide rules on robots and AI, but no universal basic income
20 February 2017
The European Parliament has called for EU-wide rules to regulate the development and use of robots and artificial intelligence. But MEPs stopped short of demanding a universal basic income, and a robot tax, to compensate for the impact of robots on …. [more]

The role of European Works Councils in company restructuring
16 February 2017
A new paper by the European Trade Union Institute examines the role of European Works Councils in company restructuring across borders. It found that three companies a day announce restructuring plans in Europe which potentially involve …. [more]

UK Appeal Court allows “sweetheart” deal to block union recognition
13 February 2017
The UK Court of Appeal has upheld the right of an employer to sign a “sweetheart” agreement with a friendly union in order to block a recognition claim from a rival union. The decision in Pharmacists Defence Association v. Boots upholds a previous …. [more]

Germany – Temporary workers exceed one million mark for the first time
9 February 2017
The number of temporary workers exceeded the one million mark for the first time in 2016 according to the Bundesagentur für Arbeit (BA). It meant 3.2% of the 31 …. [more]