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

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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.

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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

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.

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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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