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Covid-19

National measures to tackle Covid-19 crisis

The IR Notes editorial team is mobilising to keep you informed of the measures taken in each country to deal with the Covid-19 epidemic. With the help of our correspondents and contacts made with all Ministries of Employment and social partners in EU Member States, we can now offer you an initial overview.

Resources are also being posted on line on the IR Share website. Introduce the key word Covid-19 in the research engine (on the top - right), so you can have an overview of all the uploaded documents.

On our new Facebook page, you’ll find information in English and French on the countries we haven’t been able to deal with in IR Notes 138. Please feel free to download from our website any documents that you think will be useful and/or post information on our Facebook page. We also encourage you to keep an eye on the pages dedicated to this crisis on the websites of the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC), assisted by the European Trade Union Institute (ETUI), and also the website of the European trade-union federation IndustriAll Europe and the OECD’s  on line resource centre.

Social services

Report on the Social Services Workforce in Europe: Current State of Play and Challenge

The main objectives of this report, carried out by IR Share, is to provide precise data on the sector’s workforce and challenges.  The report shows that the social services sector employed more than 10.9 million people in 2018 in the EU, representing 4.7% of the total EU labour force.

An Uber driver is an employee

Second decision rendered by the Court of Cassation concerning platforms workers

The Court of Cassation approved the Court of Appeal for having deducted the performance of work under the authority of an employer who has the power to give orders and instructions, to oversee performance thereof and to sanction breaches, and for having ruled that the driver's self-employed status was therefore fictitious.

EWC 4.0: the role of European Works Councils in the digitalisation era

ASTREES and IR Share led a project aimed at developing the role and added value of European Works Councils and SE Works Councils with regard to the effects of the digitalisation process currently under way within multinational groups.

The EWC 4.0 project, supported by the European Commission and CEC European Managers (a confederation representing executives and managerial staff in Europe), was based on the premise that progress can be made on these matters by mobilising the collective intelligence of the actors engaged in European social dialogue at company level. We published a manual and set up a website dedicated to this project.

The whole IR Notes team is delighted to welcome our new subscribers!

Just over one thirty new subscribers signed up to IR Notes since January 2020.

Several European Works Councils renewed their subscription to IR Notes, as Carrefour, Engie, Solvay, Thales, Veolia and Vinci. Several industrial relations departments of private-sector companies took out a subscription to IR Notes, including RATP and Veolia. In addition, several trade union federations such as FEC-FO, a law office (CMS Francis Lefebvre) and research centres became IR Notes subscribers. Welcome to all our new readers!

Corporate Social Responsibility

L’Oréal launches its Employee Human Rights Policy

On 31 January 2020, L’Oréal has announced the launch of its Employee Human Rights Policy and commits to uphold a set of universal human and social rights standards for all its employees worldwide, regardless of their geographic location or position in the Group.

Michelin

The agreement on the Michelin Global Works Council is now on-line!

The French tyre manufacturer Michelin (125,000 employees) and the IndustriAll Global Union federation have completed their negotiation aimed at setting up a global Works Council.

ETUI: Can Anybody Hear Us?

An overview of the 2018 survey of EWC and SEWC representatives

These and many more questions are answered in this new ETUI publication titled: “Can Anybody Hear Us? An overview of the 2018 survey of EWC and SEWC representatives”. The publication is based on survey data from over 1600 employee representatives.Some of the questions answered in this publication are: 1° Are EWCs really informed and consulted by the management? 2° Do EWC members get sufficient training and what training do they need? 3° How can we improve the functioning of EWCs? 4° What are managerial approaches and attitudes towards EWCs? 5° How do EWC members communicate and exchange with national level representation and workers? 6° Are there any positive or negative evolutions over time? 7° What happens when EWCs get into conflict with the management?

The whole IR Notes team is delighted to welcome our new subscribers!

Just over one hundred new subscribers signed up to IR Notes in 2019.

In 2019, several European Works Councils took out a subscription to IR Notes, including Korian, Groupama, Transdev, Nexans and FnacDarty. So too, did several industrial relations departments of private-sector companies, including Crédit Agricole, ENEL, Korian and L’Oréal. In addition, several trade union confederations, such as CISL and CGIL in Italy, CFE-CGC in France and SITPU in Ireland, as well as trade union federations such as CFDT cadres and CFE-CGC Métallurgie, became IR Notes subscribers. Welcome to all our new readers!

European Industrial Relations Dictionary

In association with ASTREES, IR Share produced a number of new entries in the European Industrial Relations Dictionary published on line by the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions.

We either updated or created the following entries in the European Industrial Relations Dictionary: Annual leave, Information and Consultation, Discrimination on the ground of belief, European Globalisation adjustment Fund, Global union network, Global works council, Right to strike in civil aviation, Right to switch off, Social scoreboard, Strike action at EU level, Whistleblower protection, Work-life balance directive and also Written Statement Directive

Study on employment and working conditions in social services

Within the framework of the PESSIS+ European project, on the basis of an invitation to tender, the Federation of European Social Employers selected IR Share to perform a study looking at employment and working conditions in social services in Europe.

The study (not yet published), was presented in June 2019 to the industry’s social partners, and to the European Economic and Social Committee, in Brussels. As a follow-on from the report on ‘The Social Services Workforce in Europe: Current State of Play and Challenges’, IR Share also helped to set up a Social Employers Observatory to analyse employment and good practice (see FESE press release).

Sector-based global economic and social monitoring

In conjunction with its partner Trendeo, IR Share worked with a number of European Works Councils to monitor worldwide investments in their own particular sector of activity and to present this data to them.

The data presented show which companies are investing, in which countries and in which technologies and also include the sums of money invested and the number of jobs involved. All of which is extremely useful for discussions on their company’s strategy! The data also include initiatives in the social field (collective bargaining, industrial disputes, transnational agreements, etc.) in that particular sector. We made presentations for the Renaut Group Works Council and Engie's EWC (photo).

Our Twitter feed

IR Share is now active on Twitter, enabling it to stay in touch with IR Notes subscribers between each edition of our publication.

So why not follow us on Twitter @IR_Share so that we can keep you informed about European social affairs, our activities and new documents published on the www.irshare.eu website? Please follow us!!

Obstacles faced by women entrepreneurs

IR Share was one of the parties involved in producing the report on “Female entrepreneurship: Public and private funding“, published by EUROFOUND on 19 December 2019.

Women entrepreneurs represent only a small proportion of the total number of entrepreneurs active in the European Union today. Some of the obstacles facing established and aspiring women entrepreneurs include securing adequate funding, gaining access to the right networks and seeking appropriate information and advice.

Fact file on industrial relations in the Netherlands

To facilitate preparations for the forthcoming plenary meeting of the European Works Council of Crédit Agricole in the Netherlands, in December 2019 the bank’s management commissioned IR Share to produce a country fact file on the Netherlands.

The aim is to set out the main features of the Dutch industrial relations system, notably in terms of collective bargaining and employee representation in the private sector, while at the same time indicating what effects this might have on discussions within the European Works Council.

IR Studies

Representativeness studies

All 2019 representativeness studies have been published here on the Eurofound website:

Of particular note is this unprecedented transversal study on the  sectoral social dialogue:

IR Share is currently working on studies concerning Audiovisual, Live performance and civil aviation.

« The representativeness studies that you manage help us in shaping the social dialogue committees ».
Marianne Thyssen, former Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility

Work undertaken on behalf of EUROFOUND during the second half of 2019

Within the framework of the IR Share-ASTREES consortium, we submitted several pieces of work in our capacity as the France correspondent of the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions (Eurofound).

We delivered a study on wage transparency mechanisms, including a number of interviews with HR managers to provide an idea of the efforts that companies are having to make, in connection with the BDES (Economic and Social Data Base) and the Index, both in terms of time spent and financial resources. This study was commissioned as a matter of urgency by the European Commission to prepare for a legislative initiative in this area. Before that, we presented the annual study on the social partners’ involvement in social reforms, notably those forming part of the European Semester (September), a study on achieving work-life balance (new legislative measures adopted a year ago, new agreements, etc.) (October) and two case studies analysing transnational restructurings that involved company relocations (BNP Paribas / Whirlpool) (November). We also worked in parallel on four representativeness studies: Civil aviation / ground staff and air traffic control; Civil aviation / air crew; Performing and Audiovisual arts.

European works' council

Unilever EWC signed an European Framework Agreement regarding sexual harassment in the workplace

IR Training

IG Metall: EBR/SE-BR-Forum

In the exchange of science and practice, will be explored the possibilities for action for EWCs and SE-WCs. The European Trade Union Institute (ETUI) will present the results of its study on European Works Councils. In addition to mutual learning, networking and exchange of experiences with colleagues, the role and impact of transnational bodies and the development of the EU after the elections are at the centre of this fifth EWC/SE-WC Forum, organised by IG Metall.

European Works Councils and the challenge of digital transformation within multinational companies

A handbook for the actors engaged in European social dialogue at company level

This document seeks to draw the lessons of various workshops organised in 2018 and 2019, which were attended by various members of European Works Councils and SE Works Councils, who represented both management and workers, and came from a range of different sectors and countries.

Discover our leaflet!

Stay connected to Europe with news from IR Notes

IR Notes provides a complete online news and information service dedicated to European employment relation, employment law and policy developments.

Orange signs a global Group agreement on workplace gender equality with UNI Global Union

CFE-CGC Métallurgie congress

At its congress held in Troyes, in June 2019, the CFE-CGC Métallurgie federation asked Frédéric Turlan, head of IR Share, to chair a round-table discussion with European and international trade union representatives.

The exchanges highlighted the benefits that the IndustriAll Europe and IndustriAll Global Union trade union federations, whose remit is European and global in scope respectively, could offer to CFE-CGC Métallurgie, and in return what the federation, whose remit primarily covers managerial staff, could offer to these two international organisations.

Annual meeting of Eurofound correspondents

On 4 and 5 April 2019, IR Share and its partner ASTREES took part in the annual meeting of correspondents of the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions (Eurofound), in Dublin.

Study concerning EWCs and digitisation

European Commission agrees to fund work on European Works Councils and digitisation.

The funding application made by the Astrees-IR Share consortium to the European Commission, for a study concerning EWCs and the development of social dialogue in transnational companies about the impact of digitisation, was accepted on 16 November 2017. This initiative is funded as part of budget heading VP/2017/008, and is supported by the trade union federation CEC-European Managers.

IR Share wins tender to be Eurofound's correspondent for France

IR Share, in a consortium with Astrees, was announced on 31 October 2017 as winner of the tender to be the France correspondent for the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions (Eurofound)

IR Share has been Eurofound's France correspondent since 2010. In 2013, it won the tender to be correspondent for 2014-2018, and its work has once again been rewarded.

IR Doc

The European Commission has published today an evaluation of the recast European Works Council Directive.

According to the report, information for workers improved in terms of quality and scope but the Directive has not increased the rate at which new EWCs are set up. In order to reinforce the creation and effectiveness of EWCs, the Commission proposes to pursue the following measures:

  • creating and sharing a practical handbook for EWC practitioners,
  • providing funding to social partners to support the implementation and effectiveness of EWCs, and
  • ensuring the full implementation of the Directive in Member States.

IR Notes è ora in Italiano!!!

This is the second IR notes newsletter to be translated into Italian!

The founding principle of IR Notes is to offer high-quality and concise social monitoring, in our subscribers’ mother tongues. As you know, the objective of IR Notes is to facilitate discussion between social dialogue stakeholders, whether they are members of a European Works Council, HR managers or trade unionists from different countries. That’s why we are seeking to offer more languages and thereby provide equal access to information.
To satisfy ourselves that this Italian venture is economically sustainable, we need to work out how many readers will be interested in it. If you wish to subscribe to the Italian version, or if you would like to make it available to members of your organisation, please contact us directly:

frederic.t@irshare.eu
or +33 (0)6 81 41 53 95

All the members of the IR Notes team would like to thank you for your interest, and trust that they can rely on your support in this new step towards establishing real European social dialogue.

Frédéric Turlan
Directeur d'IR Share

IR Studies: Post-Lab Project

Developing experiences of administrative cooperation in the framework of the posting of workers

Post-Lab (Developing experiences of administrative cooperation in the framework of the posting of workers) is a EU-funded transnational project, aiming at fostering administrative cooperation between public authorities and social partners in the field of posting of workers in the construction sector. IR Share has contributed to this project. In a view to contribute fighting such abuses, the Post-Lab project addresses administrative cooperation and information sharing as the key to ease compliance with rules on posting in the construction sector. This includes not only dissuasive measures, such as those easing the detection of frauds and the enforcement of posted workers’ rights, but also preventive actions, such as those simplifying posting procedures for companies or making relevant information easily accessible to them.

Link to the Final report, the Guidelines and brochure.

IR Share participates in a project on integrating certain categories of people into the labour market

In November 2017, IR Share was chosen as the national expert for France, for a study commissioned from the Institute for Employment Studies (IES) by the JP Morgan Chase Foundation.

The study will cover the integration of certain target groups (unskilled young people, migrants, older workers) into the labour market, how they can be attracted towards specific sectors and how they can be re-skilled to maintain their employability in the context of an increasingly digital economy.

First cycle of training for Veolia's EWC is completed

A focus on the use of strategic data by the EWC

On 17 and 18 October 2017, IR Share and Astrees provided training for the last group of members from Veolia's European Group Works Council, covering the diverse systems of industrial relations in Europe, the main provisions of directive 2009/38 and of the European EWC agreement, and also the use of strategic data released by the group's management.

A study of workers' wishes concerning retirement

In several Member States, workers are against raising the retirement age.

The European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions (Eurofound) published a comparative study of the attitude of workers to retirement (Extending working life: what do workers want?) on 28 September 2017. IR Share contributed to the sections of the study on Bulgaria (with the team from the ISSK), France and Luxembourg.

A study of religion in the workplace

The main problems are caused by the wearing of an Islamic headscarf

The European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions (Eurofound) published a comparative study of religion in the workplace on 31 July 2017, with contributions from IR Share in the sections on Bulgaria, France and Luxembourg.

 

A study of fraud related to secondment

IR Share submitted a report in July 2017 on fraud related to intra-company transfer in France

This report was produced as part of a project funded by the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions (Eurofound) and entitled "Sectoral aspects of fraudulent forms of contracting work and self-employment in Europe". This project was implemented by the Austrian research institute FORBA as part of a consortium with the Spanish company Notus.

IR Share trains the Thales European Works Council in social protection in Europe

IR Share organised a training course on 30 and 31 May for members of the Thales EWC, on social protection in Europe

The speakers dealt with the origins of the differences in the cost of labour in the EU, and the different pension, unemployment and health insurance systems in the EU. The course ended with a lecture given by Bruno Palier, professor at Sciences Po, CNRS Research Director at the Centre d'Études Européennes and co-director of the LIEPP, on welfare reforms in the EU.

IR Share trains members of Veolia's European Group Works Council

IR Share and Astrees provided training for a group of members from Veolia's European GWC on 3 and 4 May 2017

The training concerned the diverse systems of industrial relations in Europe, the main provisions of directive 2009/38 and of the European GWC agreement, and also the use of strategic data released by the group's management.

IR Share trains members of the Common European Companies' Committee (CCSE) of Scor SE

IR Share and Astrees organised training on 1 and 2 March 2017 for members of the CCSE of French reinsurance group Scor

The course enabled the members to understand their agreement in the light of European legislation, to take greater account of the diverse models of industrial relations that exist within the European Union in the operation of the council, and to develop an action plan for the mandate of the CCSE.

IR Share contributes to the annual survey of statutory minimum wages in the EU

Significant narrowing of disparities between the Member States

The growth in the level of minimum wages accelerated in the period between January 2016 and January 2017, with the largest increases in newer EU Member States. This continues a trend of slow convergence between minimum wage levels in Europe - however there is still a long way to go, with minimum wage workers in Luxembourg making eight and a half times as much as minimum wage workers in Bulgaria. This is according to the latest findings on statutory minimum wages in the EU from Eurofound’s European Observatory of Working Life.

IR Share contributes to the "Reforms watch" monitoring service launched by the European Trade Union Institute

Rapid access to the most recent reforms

IR Share has helped to set up the "Reforms watch" social monitoring service of the European Trade Union Institute, covering national industrial relations systems, recent labour market reforms, pension developments and strike action.

IR Share contributes to a study on the development of employers' alliances

Case study conducted in two regions of France

IR Share took part in a study, for the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions (Eurofound), on the employers' alliances in the Poitou-Charentes and Languedoc-Roussillon regions of France, coordinated by the Public Policy and Management Institute (Lithuania). The case studies were incorporated in "New forms of employment: Developing the potential of strategic employee sharing", a report published on 21 November 2016.

IR Share is a partner in a study of the action taken by the social partners in the construction sector in connection with the posting of workers

Comparative study of the experience gathered from cooperation between administrative authorities and/or social partners

IR Share is a partner in the Post-Lab European project, led by the Italian paritarian institution responsible for the management of paid leave and Christmas bonuses for employees in the construction industry (Commissione Nazionale Casse Edili - CNCE) and coordinated by the Fondazione Giacomo Brodolini. The project's aim is to analyse the measures taken by the social partners in the construction sector in several EU countries, in particular to combat fraud relating to worker posting and to guarantee employees' rights.

IR Share collaborates in evaluation study of European Globalisation Adjustment Fund

Three case studies of requests for assistance from France

IR Share has taken part, for France, in the evaluation of the activities of the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund - EGF undertaken for the European Commission by the consultancy ICF. In this connection, IR Share completed three case studies of the dossiers submitted by France for PSA Peugeot-Citroën, GAD and Mory Global.

IR Share contributes to evaluation of directive on European works councils

Qualitative interviews at ten French groups

On behalf of the European Commission, IR Share took part in 2016 in the evaluation of the application of directive 2009/38 on European works councils undertaken by the consultancy ICF. IR Share conducted interviews at 10 groups in France that put in place or renegotiated an EWC agreement on the basis of directive 2009/38. The report is pending publication (February 2017).

IR Share takes part in research on extending working lives through flexible retirement schemes

Study of the phased retirement scheme in France

IR Share was selected by the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions (Eurofound) to undertake a study of flexible retirement arrangements in France, with a particular focus on the phased retirement scheme. Hans Dubois, who led the research, granted us an interview.

IR Share and Astrées provide training for members of the European works council at Suez

Diversity of national models, overview of European social legislation and aspects of social protection

IR Share and Astrees in September 2016 organised a training event for half the members of the European works council of Suez, focusing on the different systems of industrial relations in Europe, European social legislation, and the systems for retirement and for managing occupational diseases in the EU.

IR Share and Astrées provide training for members of the SE works council at Atos

Two events held in July and September 2016 in Munich

IR Share and Astrees in July and September organised two 2-day training events for the members of the Atos SE works council, focusing on the different systems of industrial relations in Europe, understanding the directive on worker involvement in the European Company (SE) and the agreement on the Atos SE works council.

IR Share and Astrées carry out training on industrial relations for the European works council at Veolia

Diversity of national models and European social legislation

IR Share and Astrees on 12-13 May 2016 organised a 2-day training cycle for the members of the Veolia group's European works council on the diversity of industrial relations models and the role of the EWC. The aim was also to improve the contact between the group's European works council and the national social dialogue bodies.

IR Share organises the first training programme for Eurotunnel SE works council

Marked interest among British delegates in information and consultation rights

IR Share in April 2016 organised training for the British and French members of the SE works council of the Eurotunnel group together with the Institute for Employment Studies. The training examined British and French industrial relations systems, as well as the role of the works council. The British delegates fully appreciated what the SE works council's right to information and consultation could mean for them.

IR Share contributes to a guide to help HR managers improve their management of European works councils

Guidelines for better management of the three challenges: I&C process, transnationality and confidentiality

Together with its European partners – ASTREES (France), and EWC Services SBI Training en Advies & FNV Formaat (the Netherlands ) — IR Share published a guide whose aim is to promote good practices in managing European works councils. The guide was published as part of a project launched in 2015/2016 with the support of the European Commission (DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion). It is available in four languages (English, German, Spanish and French).

IR Share and Astrees provide training for steering committee of the European works council at Veolia

IR Share and Astrees have organised, in January 2016, a 3-day training cycle for the members of Veolia's EWC steering committee on the diversity of industrial relations models and the role of the EWC.

IR Share and Astrees provide training for members of BNP Paribas's European works council

IR Share and Astrees held two days of training for the members of the BNP Paribas group's European works council.

The course, which was organised in Louveciennes (France) the 29 and 30 October 2014, was led by Christophe Teissier (Astrees), Sebastian Schulze-Marmeling (Astrees) and Frédéric Turlan (IR Share). It dealt with the EWC agreement, the link with the national delegations and the place of the EWC in the framework of transnational negotiations.

IR Share and Astrees provide training for members of Sanofi's European works council

IR Share and Astrees held three days of training, from 17 to 19 June 2014, for the members of the Sanofi group's European works council.

The course, which was organised in Madrid from 17 to 19 June 2014, was led by Christophe Teissier (Astrees), Claude-Emmanuel Triomphe (Astrees) and Frédéric Turlan (IR Share). It dealt with the EWC agreement, the diversity of national industrial relations models, the role of EWC members and the link with the national delegations, the place of the EWC in the framework of transnational negotiations, and industrial relations in Spain, presented by Amaia Otaegui Jáuregui of the 1st May Foundation.

Case studies on new forms of employment

IR Share was the partner of the Public Policy and Management Institute (Lithuania) in the production of case studies on “new forms” of employment in France and Luxembourg.

The case studies focused, in France, on employers' alliances and umbrella companies and, in Luxembourg, on the loan of labour scheme. They form part of a survey (still to be published) carried out on behalf of the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions.

Working conditions in the hairdressing sector

IR Share was the French partner of the Institute for Employment Studies (Great Britain) in the production of a national report on the hairdressing sector.

The national report, which covered working conditions, the quality of work and social dialogue in the hairdressing sector, was incorporated in a survey commissioned by the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions. It was published in June 2014 under the title "Improving quality of work and employment in the hairdressing sector: Scenarios for social partner cooperation".

IR Share remporte plusieurs appels d'offres de la Fondation de Dublin

Comme en 2009, IR Share a remporté les appels d'offres pour être le correspondant de la Fondation européenne pour l'amélioration des conditions de vie et de travail (Eurofound) pour la France et le Luxembourg.

IR Share est confirmé comme correspondant pour l'Union européenne, en consortium avec l'Institute for Employment Studies (IES). IR Share est aussi confirmé comme correspondant pour la France et, cette fois en consortium avec le CEPS, pour le Luxembourg. L'équipe formée par IR Share en consortium avec Institute for the Study of Societies and Knowledge (ISSK) a aussi été retenue pour être le correspondant de la Fondation en Bulgarie.

IR Share and Astrees have organised a training for the members of Safran's EWC

IR Share and Astrees have organised, on 6 February 2014, a training for the members of Safran's EWC on the diversity of industrial relations models and the role of the EWC.

Case study on the role and operation of the Fonds paritaire de sécurisation des parcours professionnels

IR Share was the French partner of Fondazione Giacomo Brocolini in conducting a case study on the role and operation of the Fonds paritaire de sécurisation des parcours professionnels (FPSPP - Joint Fund for Safeguarding Career Paths).

A meeting was held in the offices of the FPSPP on 17 June 2013. Its objective was to understand better how the joint management of vocational training works in France so as to provide input for the Italian Ministry of Labour with a view to possible vocational training reform.

Annual training seminar of the European works council of the Carrefour group

On the occasion of its annual training seminar, IR Share has helped the EWC of the Carrefour group to look at the impact of the economic crisis on labour relations within the EU and in the principal countries in which the group is present.

"This global presentation of legislative developments on a European level and for each country was greatly appreciated by the participants because of its clarity and objectivity, and was judged to be very interesting by the deputy secretary of the EWC at the end of the two-day seminar," said Mathilde Tabary, head of social development and corporate social responsibility (CSR) of the Carrefour group.

IR Share and Astrees organise training of European works council members at Veolia

Having trained the steering committee of the European works council at Veolia, IR Share and Astrees are organising training for all the members of the EWC at three 2-day sessions running until June 2017.

IR Share carries out European works council training at Generali on behalf of Sextant

At the request of business consultants Sextant, IR Share is helping the members of Generali's European works council to compare their new agreement with the provisions of EC directive 2009/38, which contains the rules on EWCs.

IR Share prepares for negotiation of a European works council agreement within the Famar group

IR Share is working with the management of the pharmaceuticals group Famar and the special negotiating body to train the negotiators in European legislation and industrial relations systems in Europe.

IR Share holds its first training programmes in European industrial legislation in partnership with law firm Barthélémy

In partnership with law firm Barthélémy, IR Share is offering its first series of training courses in European industrial legislation and labour law in the principal member states.

IR Share provides training for SNB members of the Aperam group

On 26 April 2012, IR Share held a training day for members of the special negotiating body (SNB) of the Aperam group, comprising representatives of its European employees, in the presence of the expert of the European Metalworkers' Federation.

A study for the European Commission

Anticipation of restructuring

The study conducted by IRshare with Labour Asociados on behalf of the European Commission has produced the following results:

  • European social legislation concerning information and consultation has spawned a certain number of legislative arrangements throughout the European Union which lay the foundation for a policy of anticipating restructuring, permitting advance notification of restructuring projects before they are implemented.
  • Based on this culture born of the rights to information and consultation, the member states have applied more consistent measures as regards how restructuring is managed.
  • On the other hand, only a few member states have developed legislation intended to compel or encourage businesses to anticipate changes at an earlier stage. However, several countries have adopted isolated measures which respond to this concern.
  • What is emerging is therefore a relative harmonisation in the application of the rights to information and consultation and in the social management of restructuring, with a patchwork of measures passed by certain member states tracing a policy of anticipation of restructuring.
  • The legislator's concern with the impact of restructuring on health is still very largely absent. No country has adopted any binding legislation on this subject.
  • The member states are not ensuring that businesses put in place tools for evaluating their practices, in conjunction with the employees' representatives or external organisations, as regards their management of restructuring measures.

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