(19 June 2014) In the EWC meeting of 4 June, employee representatives from all European countries expressed their condemnation of the social conditions being experienced by employees in the group to the CEO of GDF Suez, Gerard Mestrallet. The EWC members alerted the Group’s management to the strong concerns of employees who, in many of the group’s business activities, such as services for example, are witnessing a draining away of skills and technical expertise in their business areas. In (...)
(22 April 2014) On 15 April 2014 the European Parliament (EP) adopted a reform to strengthen corporate accountability and transparency regarding the impact of businesses’ activities on human rights, the environment and society. The new legislation will require companies to disclose information about the policies and due diligence processes that businesses have in place to assess risks and to prevent adverse impacts of their operations.
In the course of intense negotiations between the (...)
27 January 2014
Luxembourg, Plateau du Kirchberg, Jean Monnet Building, room M3
You are herewith invited to the meeting of the EPSU European Works Council Coordinators Network. It will take place on 27 January 2014 in Luxembourg, plateau du Kirchberg, Jean Monnet Building, room M3. The meeting will start at 9h00 and will end at 16h00. An area map is enclosed for information.
Interpretation has been requested to and from English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Swedish. We have also (...)
(13 November 2013) Below you will find a letter from ETUC concerning the Resolution of the EU Parliament on Cross-Border Collective Bargaining and Transnational Social Dialogue in English and French.
The Resolution is a step forward for more a better TCAs. Triggered by Mr. Thomas Handel (GUE), the debate involved all the political forces of the European Parliament in an intensive debate. This final text is a valuable compromise which gathered the positive vote of 80% of the MEPs (from GUE, (...)
(6 November 2013) On 3-5 September the ENEL European Works Council and some members of the Global Works Council participated in a training project: “Building the information and consultation mechanisms for the Enel EWC members and HR managers within an international dimension”. The training took place at the ILO International Training Center in Turin. EPSU was present and provided a presentation on lifelong learning in Europe and in European framework agreements or social partners’ (...)
(22 October 2013) ETUC has published the final report “ Corporate Social Responsibility – Union Thinking on the EU Strategy 2011-2014 for Corporate Social Responsibility”. The publication represents the final output of the CSR project ran by the ETUC in 2012/2013, with the financial support of the European Commission. It identifies trade union priorities in the field of CSR for the years to come, in particular in the framework of the renewed EU strategies. Please find the English and the (...)
The next EPSU EWC Coordinators Network meeting will be combined with a PSI Global Energy Meeting. Therefore we would like to stress that this meeting will be of interest mainly to the EWC Coordinators in the energy sector. A ‘normal’ EWC Coordinators meeting will be held in Spring 2014.
The meeting will take place on 24 and 25 September in Luxembourg, plateau du Kirchberg, Jean Monnet Building, room M2. The meeting will start at 9h00 on Tuesday 24th and will end at 16h00 on Wednesday 25th. (...)
(6 September 2013) A new EWC agreement has been signed for the Belgian transmission company ELIA. EPSU affiliate Gazelco participated in the negotiations. An important characteristic of this EWC is that it is a joint body including 8 management representatives. The Steering Committee has 4 workers’ representatives and 3 management representatives.
ELIA is a majority publicly-owned company. The main shareholder is the Belgian municipal holding company Publi-T. The Elia Group hold 60% of the (...)
(29 August 2013 - update) Strike called off
GMB calls off strike after SERCO improved its offer
Following action of the workers, their union and support from EPSU, SERCO came back with an improved offer that the workers have accepted. Subsequently the strikes foreseen have been called off. Concerns remain as other workers employed by Serco to train army recruits do have zero-hour contracts. GMB continues its pressure and including on the UK ministry of Defense to change the conditions (...)
(2 July 2013) Experience gathered in several EU Member States has shown that it is helpful to adopt a strategy that combines health and safety representation within companies with regional or site representation for very small companies. Unions through their activities have a key role to play in giving new impetus to health and safety policy. This activity rests on the promotion of the role of worker H&S representatives, ‘Safety Reps’, to increase the visibility of workplace H&S (...)