News archive 2017

EU Commission work programme for 2018
27 October 2017
The European Commission has published its work programme for the period up to the end of 2018, and it is noteworthy as much for what is left out as what is included. In the area of employment law the voluminous documentation refers to: …. [more]

UK: Latest CAC European Works Council decision
25 October 2017
The Central Arbitration Committee has taken its latest decision in a case involving a European Works Council. Serial litigant Jonathan Hayward of trade union Unite brought the case on behalf of a Unite member at US staffing firm, Manpower. The complaint was that the 3-year deadline for negotiating …. [more]

ETUC calls for east-west “wage convergence alliance”
23 October 2017
At last week’s “Tri-Partite Social Summit” ahead of the European Council, European TUC General Secretary Luca Visentini proposed a “wage convergence alliance” to tackle the east-west pay gap in Europe, a theme unions have been pushing in recent months. According to the ETUC, the alliance …. [more]

France: Trade unions disappointed with draft decree on works councils
19 October 2017
Trade unions have expressed disappointment with the draft implementing decree on the means granted to the new single staff representation body. Labour minister Muriel Pénicaud is consulting the social partners on the draft decree ahead of its publication. Unions have said it falls short of …. [more]

Germany: Parties begin coalition talks expected to last months
18 October 2017
The challenging task of forming a new coalition government has begun, with a first round of meetings between Angela Merkel’s CDU/CSU party, the Free Democrats and the Green party. Negotiations are expected to last many weeks, even months, with the FDP and Greens starting …. [more]