Renault: signs a global framework agreement on the quality of life at work for its employees

This global framework agreement, which was signed on 09 July by the French automaker Renault Group along with IndustriALL Global Union, the Secretary of the Renault Group Works Council (a global council) and the trade union bodies represented within it, is in fact quite unique. Entitled, ‘Building the world of work together at Renault Group’, Renault’s second global framework agreement (its first was signed in 2013 and addressed fundamental rights at work, c.f. article No. 130445) comes at a time when the automotive sector is undergoing a period of major transformation. As such the agreement addresses the subject of social dialogue over the changing nature of professions and careers in the industry, and above all it is seeks to promote new ways of working so that employees feel good about working in the Renault Group. The agreement states it is seeking to describe ‘a sustainable dynamic that goes beyond the issue of working conditions, enabling the mobilization and development of current and future employees’ potential, being a real source of commitment for everyone,’ by addressing those aspects of life at work ‘that enable employees to combine performance and well-being’.

Through . Published on 09 July 2019 à 15h40 - Update on 19 July 2019 à 18h13

With ILO Director General Guy Ryder in attendance, the agreement was signed by Chief Executive Officer of Groupe Renault, Mr. Thierry BOLLORE, and by Mr. Valter SANCHES, Secretary General of IndustriALL Global Union. The agreement notes that the automotive industry is undergoing a complete ‘metamorphosis’ and is focusing on well-being at work as a way of securing the employee engagement that is vital for the company to meet the challenges thrown up by the transformations. Renault Group is seeking to build dialogue on issues related to career and professional changes, management methods, work-life balance and so on. To this end the global framework agreement provides ‘the opportunity and encourages the seizing of initiative and, through the negotiation of local agreements, the search for pragmatic and relevant solutions to improve employees’ working lives.’ “New modes of propulsion and digitization are massively transforming the working environment and we must prepare for this change in social terms,” stated Valter Sanches,…

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