Signed on 26 January 2016 by the agro-industry union federations, UITA and the industrial federation, IndustriALL Global, this declaration includes commitments to tackle sexual harassment together via the implementation of complaints procedures as well as awareness and training programs. The declaration also intends for specific measures at each workplace that is identified as being particularly at risk (especially on plantations).
On 27 January 2016, the European Commission launched a public consultation on the employer’s obligation to inform workers of the conditions that apply in employment contracts, and as regards the employment relationship, as intended by Directive 91/533. The consultation is in the form of a public questionnaire, which should enable an assessment of the efficacy of this Directive as well as the possibility of adapting it to the current development of new forms of work.
Well-known German rail operator Deutsche Bahn is to divide its accounting businesses across three new centers. For Europe, the Global Accounting Shared Service Center Europe will no longer operate from Germany but instead will move to Romania’s capital city, Bucharest. To smooth out the social consequences of this merger/relocation operation, the Deutsche Bahn EWC has succeeded in securing an agreement that amounts to a real “European social plan” covering all the employees affected across almost 26 European countries.
The European Commission has adopted new provisions to make the posting of workers fairer, more transparent, and more secure. On 08 March 2016, less than a year and a half since the European Executive adopted the implementation directive, it presented a ‘targeted revision’ of the 1996 rules. The text primarily puts forward measures aimed at closing an observed wage gap between local and posted workers.