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Newsletter April, 2021

Company level social dialogue in times of restructuring: news from Belgium

April, 2021
  • Social partners recently confirmed the joint recommendations signed in December 2019 on collective dismissals and agreed to assess their content again within three years
  • The Government communicated its desire to evaluate an improvement of the entire system, thus overriding the social dialogue outcome.
Newsletter March, 2021

Federation of Egyptian Industries presented an advocacy plan to favour industrial growth and encourage foreign direct investment

March, 2021
  • The Federation of Egyptian Industries (FEI) periodically updates the state of play of national reforms and the related business’ recommendations
  • The plan considers topics such as labour law, social security law, trade union law, SMEs easiness of doing business, among others
  • FEI advocacy plan has been successful in a series of reforms, especially on trade and investments

OECD Database on collective bargaining systems was published

March, 2021
  • The database on up-to-2020 collective bargaining processes for wage-setting and minimum wages on 56 OECD/non- OECD countries was released
  • The database provides comparable data on trade union and employers’ organisations density as well as on the role played by these actors in each collective bargaining system

The European Labour Authority and its role in cross border labour inspections

March, 2021
  • In February 2021, the European Labour Authority (ELA) announced to be fully operational to conduct concerted and joint labour inspections
  • A set of simplified standard procedures for national authorities and social partners on how to initiate and follow-up cross-border inspections was issued
Newsletter December, 2020

Finnish Labour Court dealt with a breach of labour peace obligations

December, 2020
  • The Helsinki Labour Court settled the case between a company and the union in the electricity sector, for violation of the collective agreement in force and the duty of peace.

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.

French social partners sign a new interprofessional agreement on telework

December, 2020
  • On 26 November 2020, French social partners concluded a national interprofessional agreement on telework, that provides a framework clarifying the rules and modalities of remote working.
  • The text encourages social dialogue at the company and sectoral levels.

Italy: new collective agreement signed for the sector of domestic work

December, 2020
  • The text contains important updates and simplification measures compared to the previous collective agreement, on categories, qualifications, organisation of work, and salaries.

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