(April 2017) The International Labour Organisation has issued new guidelines for multinational enterprises. The revision has added to the longstanding ILO declaration by adding principles addressing specific decent work issues related to social security, forced labour, transition from the informal to the formal economy, wages, access to remedy and compensation of victims. The principles have been agreed with employers, trade unions and governments and set out responsibilities for public authorities.
Staffing levels, Corporate Social Responsibility
The FNV trade union has submitted proposals to the government to set staffing levels in eldercare. The union wants to see two workers for every eight residents and emphasises that there should be a balance of different skill levels. FNV argues that this is a crucial measure that will help improve recruitment and retention in the sector by ensuring that workers are not overworked and have enough time to spend with clients.
The FOA public services union is calling on the government and municipalities to take urgent action to tackle staffing shortages in eldercare. A recent survey found that three out of four local authorities didn't have enough eldercare staff and the situation is set to deteriorate as many workers retire. The sector needs around 13000 new recruits every year but the level is currently half that. The union says that employers use a lot of part-time work to save money and while many employees in the sector actually want to work full time. There is also a question of higher pay for young workers.
Member of the services union ver.di working in several hospitals across the country took strike action on 19 September as part of the union's campaign on safe staffing levels and reducing workloads. EPSU general secretary Jan Willem Goudriaan sent a message of support, underlining the importance of protecting the well-being of both health workers and patients by taking urgent action to reduce staff shortages in the sector estimated at over 160000, including over 70000 frontline care workers.
(13 September 2011) The trade union delegation underlined their concerns about the general situation of social dialogue in Europe. In several countries governments allow collective agreements to be opened up
(18 January 2012) Electricity companies that wish to achieve a positive evaluation regarding their Corporate Social Responsibility Policies will have to report in accordance with the socalled Electricity Utility Sector
Electricity social partners consider skill council, training, CSR, and internal market electricity and gas
(20 November 2012) Training was the main issue. The unions and employers considered the [follow up of their conference->art8856] on the Future of Jobs and Skills in the European electricity
(25 March 2013) The European social partners in the electricity sector continued their work on a number of burning issues and concluded with agreements. The social partners [adopted three texts->art9367]
Skills, CSR, employment, South East European energy community discussed in electricity social dialogue
(27 May 2013) Agreement was reached to continue exploring the establishment of a [sector skill council in the electricity sector->art8856] which can respond to developments on the labour market, new
European Social Dialogue Committee for the Electricity Sector, EURELECTRC/industriAll Europe/ EPSU Positive actions on Training/Health & safety/Equal opportunity & Diversity (22 January 2014) Following the 2009 Joint Statement on the