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Newsletter April, 2021

Viet Nam new Labour Code entered into force in January 2021

April, 2021
  • The new legislative framework is in line with the ILO Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work, as established in several trade agreements signed by Viet Nam;
  • New laws and policies put greater emphasis on social dialogue at the workplace and collective bargaining.

International Labour Organisation Committee on Freedom of Association, Outcome of the March 2021 session

April, 2021
  • Summary of the legal basis and role of this ILO organ
  • Relevant cases examined in the March 2021 session dealt with essential services during strike action and the violation of trade union rights
Newsletter December, 2020

Colombia: the aviation company Avianca resumed social dialogue with the pilot and cabin crew trade unions

December, 2020
  • After 11 years of difficult relationships, the company signed a collective agreement with the pilot trade union Acdac.
  • A few days later the company reached another agreement with the cabin crew trade union, Acav.
Newsletter November, 2020

European Company Survey: What is the coverage of collective agreements?

November, 2020
  • The survey analysed and compared different types of collective bargaining process.
  • “Two-thirds of workers are estimated to have their wages set via a collective wage agreement”.
  • Bargaining coverage is higher in countries with sectoral collective agreement extended to non-signatory companies and workers.
Newsletter October, 2020

Social partners of the countries of the European Union: a new study to assess capacity gaps and needs for effective social dialogue

October, 2020
  • The study showed how the weakness of social partners and lack of representativeness can hinder effective social dialogue;
  • Legislative reforms and a supportive role of the state are key to improve social dialogue processes.
  • Employers stressed on the need to ensure autonomy of the social partners and sufficient room for manoeuvre.
Newsletter September, 2020

Mexico: the Business Coordination Council introduces tools to prevent labour disputes

September, 2020
  • The new trade agreement between Canada, Mexico and the USA could limit Mexican companies to export to the US or Canada because of labour disputes. 
  • The Employer’s federation CCE, provided tools for Mexican business to prevent this from happening.  

Indonesia: social partners from the garment sector sign a joint commitment

September, 2020
  • In August 2020, Indonesian social partners from the garment and footwear industries signed a joint commitment “to protect health, business sustainability and welfare of workers in these sectors”. 

IOE launches its Centenary Manifesto: a guide for the next centenary

September, 2020
  • On 2 September 2020, IOE members formally adopted the IOE Centenary Manifesto
  • The document details IOE core values inspired by its establishment a centenary ago and will continue to guide its work in the next centenary.  
  •  It elaborates on how governments and businesses can work together to meet emerging and future transformations in the world of work.   

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