Commission steps up efforts to formulate stricter EU labour law placing greater responsibility on companies undergoing restructuring
The EU is currently discussing a new directive for information and consultation of workers when companies engage in industrial restructuring and is coming under increased pressure from public opinion in the wake of the announced Marks & Spencer closures.
The Commission is now also considering a directive about how companies should prepare for restructuring. However, the business community will most likely look very critically at any legislation pertaining to how companies manage industrial change.
It is not clear if the Commission is trying to pre-empt the discussion in the Council by announcing it will issue a list of company guidelines in May to be followed when announcing redundancies. This list will include actions, activities and initiatives that companies can use in order to anticipate redundancies.