News archive 2017

EU Commission seeks common standards for European apprenticeships
6 October 2017
The European Commission has issued proposals for a European Framework for Quality and Effective Apprenticeships. The aim is to create a common EU-wide understanding of what defines quality and effectiveness for apprenticeships. It lays down seven criteria for learning and working conditions: (1) …. [more]

UK: updated guidance on producing modern slavery reports
5 October 2017
The Home Office has updated its guidance to employers on how to produce a report on modern slavery in the supply chain. The guidance builds on experience since the Modern Slavery Act was introduced in 2015, setting out government expectations for a modern slavery statement, with more …. [more]

Germany: DGB sees little positive for workers in “Jamaica coalition”
4 October 2017
The main German trade union confederation, the DGB (Deutsche Gewerkschaftsbund), sees little to get excited about in a coalition between the CDU/CSU, FDP and Greens – a so-called Jamaica coalition because of the three parties’ respective colours of black, yellow and green. In a newspaper interview …. [more]

ASOS signs global framework agreement with IndustriALL
3 October 2017
In a first for an e-commerce brand, Asos, the UK-based online fashion retailer, has signed up to a global framework agreement with union federation IndustriALL designed to improve working conditions in its supply chain. In the agreement, Asos commits to facilitate freedom of association …. [more]

Current EU Commission priorities on Social Europe
27 September 2017
EU Employment Commissioner Marianne Thyssen has helpfully spelled out the EU Commission’s current initiatives to support the Pillar of Social Rights and reinforce the social dimension of Europe. In a press statement she mentions: • social partner consultation on updating EU rules on labour contracts;