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Rep. law change in Luxembourg renews social dialogue

 THE IMPORTANCE OF SOCIAL DIALOGUE in many countries, within companies as well as at national level, was underlined in Luxembourg recently when the government presented a reform of the structures and procedures of co-determination, negotiation and conciliation. Although the proposal abolishes the joint committee which consists of both management and union representatives, its powers will be transferred to the staff delegation. This body will be shorn of its right to include young people and plant reps. but will gain training hours and the right to consult external experts who may be union officials. More delegates will have the right to give up their normal duties and become full-time and the rôle of safety reps. will be enhanced to include health and environmental issues. Subjects on which the

employer must consult and inform have been extended to include vocational training, harassment and violence, working hours, age management plans, internal redeployment, work–life balance and the use of temps and fixed-term contracts. Similarly the number of topics that must be jointly agreed has been increased and a 48-hour period of consideration of any deal by the staff delegation instituted. 
The reforms seem to have gone down better with trade unions than with the employers’ organisation UEL which believes that they ‘can only cause a delay in processes which require urgent decisions’. The OGBL union welcomed ‘the additional resources granted to the delegates within companies, so that they will … help shape negotiated solutions’.

A tripartite meeting in Luxembourg




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