Strategic Partnership between trade unions, employers and training providers
30 January 2015   The European Automotive Skills Council is a partnership between industriAll European Trade Union, CLEPA (the European Association of Automotive Suppliers) and ETRMA (the European Tyre & Rubber Manufacturers). During the next few months, they will develop processes and strategies in order to improve our systems of vocational training as a basic condition for a competitive automotive industry, able to maintain and create high quality jobs. The ambition is to work closely together in order to address skills developments in this stronghold of the European industry. read more

Training & Education Automotive 

Polish coal miners launch new strike action
29 January 2015   After holding a strike referendum, the miners’ trade unions launched a strike at Europe’s biggest coking coal producer, Jastrzębska Spółka Węglowa (JSW), on Wednesday, 28 January 2015. The miners are protesting against the dismissal of nine trade union leaders for disciplinary charges and the termination of collective agreements in order to cut costs. read more

Energy Regions Eastern region 

Alstom General Electric: Employee anxiety fuelled by continued uncertainty
28 January 2015   Despite a communication from the two groups of companies regarding the progress already made, designed to present a positive picture, the employees have not been provided with any real information in respect of the new industrial organisation of the GE/Alstom entity and its social repercussions. As far as Alstom Transport is concerned, even if the communication was meant to be reassuring, the situation is far from this in reality! This is the conclusion reached by the trade unions and employee representatives of Alstom and GE from France, Germany, the UK, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Belgium and Poland at their meeting in Brussels on 26 January. read more

Company Policy 

Historic strike in Turkish metalworking sector
27 January 2015   Negotiations between Birleşik Metal-İş union and Metal Employers’ Association (MESS) in respect of the “group collective bargaining agreement” for the period 2014-2016 have come to a standstill because of the metal employers’ inflexible requirements. This will result in a historic strike in the metal sector covering around 15,000 workers in 42 companies including several multinationals. read more

Collective Bargaining Company Policy Regions Southern region 

Agreement ends 11 days of strike of Polish coal miners
20 January 2015   On 17 January 2015 Poland’s Prime Minister Ewa Kopacz and representatives from all trade unions in the mining sector reached an agreement that ended 11 days of miners’ protest in Silesia and Malopolska Region in Southern Poland. According to the trade unions, the agreement stipulates a difficult recovery programme, but at the same time, it offers a good compromise for the restructuring of Kompania Weglowa. read more

Chemicals & Basic Materials Regions Eastern region 

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