Recent news

Latest items of recent news relevant to Global as reported in our fortnightly newswire ‘Dernières nouvelles’. 

Global: Ban on weedkiller glyphosate

Employers should be aware of the worldwide controversy that surrounds the use of the weedkiller glyphosate (brand name Roundup) …

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Global: Recession

A survey just conducted by Moody’s credit rating agency has found that “seven in ten credit professionals predict a recession in 2020 …

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Global: Credit Agricole signs international agreement with UNI Global

The international trade union UNI has signed six new or renewed global agreements with multinational banks – such as Crédit Agricole – this year. In addition to reaffirming the ILO’s fundamental rights, the agreements also cover enhanced maternity leave, digitalization, data privacy, the right to disconnect, sexual harassment, ethical sales policies, and gender equality.

Global: Flu vaccination

Although the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends flu vaccination each year for everyone aged over six months, large sections of every population across the Northern Hemisphere fail to be vaccinated each autumn …

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Global: Christmas holidays

Christmas day this year falls on a Wednesday and therefore, for most employees in western countries, both days that form public holidays will fall on normal working days …

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Global: Flu vaccination

Although the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends flu vaccination each year for everyone aged over 6 months old, large sections of every population across the northern hemisphere fail to be vaccinated each Autumn …

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Global: Christmas day

Christmas day this year falls on a Wednesday and therefore, for most employees in western countries, both days that form public holidays will fall on normal working days …

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Global: Foreign direct investment (FDI)

One thing that can be predicted is that the FDI map is likely to change drastically over the next year …

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Economic Health: Purchasing Managers’ Index

One of the key measures used by economists to assess economic wellbeing is the Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) …

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Global: What exactly is a burnout?

The World Health Organization (WHO) is in the process of drawing up guidelines on “evidence-based mental well-being in the workplace” and its first step has been to redefine “burn-out” …

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Global: Indications of global recession

The official definition of a recession is that it arises when GDP falls two quarters in a row …

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Global: Recession

The growth threat of escalating military action in Kashmir, Hong Kong and between Israel and Iran is establishing a dangerous context for a coming global economic recession …

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Global: Innocent comments

Member companies should warn employees utilizing the internet, and particularly email systems, in several repressive states such as Egypt, Nigeria, Pakistan, Russia and Sudan that they could find themselves inadvertently breaking the criminal law …

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Global: New international labour standard to combat violence, harassment, at work agreed

At its last annual meeting in June, the International Labour Organization (ILO) approved Convention 190 on the protection of workers against violence and harassment …

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Global: KLM under fire over breastfeeding tweet

Although most country laws establish the right of working mothers to breastfeed infants at work, they sometimes qualify this by reference to appropriate facilities being provided to ensure privacy for mother and child. There are, however, cultures where such a practice may be considered offensive to others. For that reason, airlines have found themselves at the forefront of a growing controversy. Recently, KLM issued a statement concerning passengers, which read: “To ensure that all our passengers of all backgrounds feel comfortable on board, we may request a mother to cover herself while breastfeeding.” Other airlines have followed suit, with the Irish airline, for instance, stating: “Breastfeeding mothers are very welcome on board our flights… We’re a family-friendly airline and there have never been any issues on board our flights.” Employers may wish to review their current policies in respect to this issue in light of prevailing legislation.