France/Netherlands: AirFrance and KLM unions at loggerheads
10 May 2018
AirFrance pilots this week staged a 14th day of strike action in a pay dispute that has rumbled since February and has cost the company €400m. Other trade unions are not happy. The moderate CFDT which represents ground staff said the pilots union (SNPL) was taking everyone hostage and …. [more]


UK: Tackling exploitation of low paid workers
9 May 2018
The Government’s Director of Labour Market Enforcement, David Metcalf, this week published his strategy for 2018-19 in which he makes 39 recommendations for tackling exploitation of low paid workers. He said an estimated 342,000 jobs were paid below the National Living Wage in 2017 …. [more]


European trade unions see co-determination as the answer to the threat from multinationals
8 May 2018
Improved EU legislation that boosts workers’ information, consultation and participation rights will push social matters higher up on the EU political agenda, and help regulate transnational companies that shape globalisation. This was one of the messages from a symposium about strengthening …. [more]


MEPs seek EU law to protect terminally ill workers
7 May 2018
A group of MEPs has begun campaigning for additional employment protections for terminally ill workers in Europe, who they say face unfair treatment at work. A “Dying To Work MEP Focus Group” was set up in February and 24 MEPs have so far signed up as members. All the main political …. [more]


UK: Gerard Coyne fails in bid to have Unite general-secretary election re-run
7 May 2018
UK trade union Unite has won the first round of its legal battle with Gerard Coyne who is trying to force a re-run of last year’s general-secretary election. Coyne, who came a fairly close second in the election, complained to the Certification Officer that Unite had breached its rulebook by holding an …. [more]