News archive 2017

New UK Corporate Governance Code promotes employee voice on the board
5 December 2017
The UK’s Financial & Reporting Council is consulting on changes to the Corporate Governance Code which implement some of the Government’s plans from Corporate Governance White Paper. They include measures to boost employee “voice” on the boards of companies. The revised Code requires …. [more]

Trade union recipe for delivering on business and human rights
4 December 2017
Speaking at the 2017 UN Forum on Business and Human Rights, UNI Deputy General Secretary Christy Hoffman issued a “call to action” in order to make progress with the “remedy pillar” of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. She said voluntary steps were not enough to …. [more]

Germany: CDU/CSU and SPD begin coalition talks
1 December 2017
Martin Schulz, leader of the centre-left Sozialdemokratische Partei Deutschlands (SPD), has bowed to pressure and agreed to exploratory talks with Angela Merkel’s CDU/CSU party over a possible continuation of the “grand coalition” between their respective parties. It follows the collapse of …. [more]

Commission starts public consultation on a European Labour Authority
30 November 2017
The EU Commission has launched a public consultation on its plan to set up a European Labour Authority, announced in President Juncker’s State of the Union speech earlier in the year. The Authority is intended to strengthen cooperation between the enforcement …. [more]

ECJ rules on unpaid annual leave
29 November 2017
The European Court of Justice has ruled that a worker who was not paid for annual leave is entitled to be paid for the entire period – irrespective of how long that is, or how expensive it will be for the employer. In the well-publicised case of King v Sash Window Workshop referred from the UK, Mr …. [more]