Labour dialogue, a strong and active connection
In France and the countries where the Group is located, the institutions representing employees operate in accordance with the rules in force in each country. The agreement concerning the renewal of the European Works Council, signed by Eiffage management and all labour unions in 2011 established the principle of two meetings each year and was extended in 2015.
Group Works Council
The agreement on renewing the Group Works Council, signed by management and the trade unions in December 2013, strengthens this body's operating resources and places particular emphasis on the training of new members. The Group Works Council comprises thirty members appointed by the trade unions from among their elected representatives to the French subsidiaries' company-level and local works councils. It also meets twice a year.
Psychosocial risk prevention agreement
The stress and psychosocial risk prevention agreement - covering all French subsidiaries except APRR and AREA, which have their own agreements from 2013 and 2011, respectively - was renewed in 2015. A committee of management and labour union representatives meets annually at group level to monitor the agreement. Monitoring groups with a similar composition and purpose have also been formed in the divisions.
A key role for the health, safety and working conditions committees
The health, safety and working conditions committees annually track the defined indicators to enable the earliest possible detection of problem situations. These committees have also designated from among their members an advisor trained in issues relating to stress and psychosocial risks. As the approach was being implemented, training sessions (from the programme developed by ANACT, the French agency for improved working conditions) were held for more than 300 advisor members of the health, safety and working conditions committees, committee chairs, human resource managers and risk prevention managers. New sessions have since been organised periodically, to train all new advisor members.
Social benefits expanded to long-term care
The 2008 group agreement implements a healthcare coverage system for a large portion of the French subsidiaries, as well as providing long-term care coverage for retiring employees and their spouses. This cover is based on an accidental death and disability scheme that supplements the current death and disability plan. The agreement is regularly amended, in particular to adapt the level of cover offered to employees and to integrate the new companies acquired by the group. Two amendments were signed on 21 December 2015. A committee to monitor the mutual insurance plan, comprising management representatives and three representatives per trade union, examines the elements related to the system's management and operation with the help of an auditing firm, independent of the bargaining meetings. It met three times in 2015.
As required by law, the group's French subsidiaries, depending on their organisation, in principle have works councils or central works councils and local works councils, employee representatives, health, safety and working conditions committees, and usually union delegates, to provide representation for employees at all levels. The organisation and nature of their activities have led several divisions to set up coordination, consultation and discussion bodies, such as division committees, which supplement the statutory system of employee representative institutions defined by legal provisions.
Labour dialogue results in particular in the signing of company or local agreements closely aligned with the employees' daily realities, or of division agreements that cover all subsidiaries when the topic and issues merit this approach. The agreements reached during mandatory annual bargaining and agreements concerning employee profit-sharing and incentive schemes play a central role.
The terms of the workplace representatives at Eiffage Énergie (32 works council members, employee representatives, 80 health, safety and working conditions committee members, etc.) were renewed on 30 November 2015. A working hours agreement was also adopted to harmonise rules in force in Ile-de-France.