European Works Forum demands for Alstom
19 December 2014   On 19 December the shareholders of ALSTOM have to decide about the selling of ALSTOM’s energy business to GE for a sales price of EUR 12.35bn, as well as the amount of a dividend distribution respectively cash return to the shareholders. The European Works Forum of ALSTOM demands from the shareholders to make this decision with a sense of proportion and diligence. The European Works Forum expects a cash return to the shareholders considerably lower than the announced amount of EUR 3.5bn up to EUR 4bn. read more

Company Policy 

Congress Algemene Centrale ABVV - Centrale General FGTB
16 December 2014   The Statutory Congress of our Belgian affiliate, the Algemene Centrale ABVV / Centrale Generale FGTB, took place on 12-13 December in Blankenberge. More than 700 delegates participated, as well as over 100 international guests. The Congress discussed the Belgian trade unions’ ongoing actions against the government’s proposals and declared its full support for the general strike on 15 December and further, until the government understands that its proposals are completely unacceptable. In this combative atmosphere the Congress elected Paul Lootens as the new President and Werner Van Heetvelde as the new General Secretary. read more

Regions Benelux region Affiliates' news 

OS KOVO elects Jaroslav Souček as president
12 December 2014   At its 10 December meeting in Hradec Králové (Czech Republic), the OS KOVO Council elected Mr Jaroslav Souček as the new OS KOVO president. Until now, Jaroslav Souček was the OS KOVO vice-president responsible for collective bargaining. read more

Regions Eastern region Affiliates' news 

EU – Korea FTA Labour: Some Problematic Practises in Korea
12 December 2014   The Civil Society Forum, set up under the EU-Korea Free Trade agreement, met on 8 December. Topics discussed were labour rights, emission trading, trade in environmental goods and corporate social responsibility. On the subject of sustainable development there was a constructive dialogue and the realization that steps can be set to achieve objectives. On labour rights, however, there remain problematic issues, more specific with the ratification and implementation of certain ILO fundamental conventions. read more

IndustriAll Europe - Position on the ongoing TTIP talks
10 December 2014   Since July 2013, the EU and US have been engaged in a negotiation process for a comprehensive trade and investment partnership, commonly known as TTIP. As this agreement will cover areas accounting for 60% of global GNP and will be ‘a treaty like no other before‘ (topics go far beyond trade), it will require trade union input to ensure that social, employment and labour interests are duly guaranteed. Our Executive Committee approved a position paper on this most important but very sensitive issue. This paper identifies clear minimum requirements to be respected. It provides guidance for our further positioning regarding issues as regulatory convergence, transparency, investment protection, labour rights, governments regulation, preservation of the EU Reach Regulation,… read more

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