Topic: Collective bargaining

The Asia-Pacific Round-up (30 April 2021)

News in brief from around the Asia-Pacific region… China doesn’t seem to be slowing down its crackdown on major homegrown technology companies, with reports of a major fine being readied against Tencent and a probe being launched against food delivery giant Meituan. Meanwhile, Australia’s competition watchdog has permitted a group of independent newspapers to collectively seek payment from Facebook and Google for displaying their articles.

30 April 2021

EU launches collective bargaining consultation

The European Commission wants feedback on how it can ensure self-employed individuals are allowed to collectively bargain without breaching EU competition rules, although some lawyers are sceptical about the scope and impact of its existing proposals.

08 March 2021

Google accused of breaching interim measures in France

France’s Competition Authority has sent Google a statement of objections, accusing the tech company of breaching an interim order that forced it to negotiate an acceptable fee with news publishers for displaying their content.

24 February 2021

West Virginia publisher: newspapers face existential threat from Google monopoly

Google’s monopoly over digital advertising threatens the very existence of the newspaper industry, a West Virginia publisher has alleged.

02 February 2021

US urges Australia to drop pay-for-news law for Google and Facebook

The US government has urged Australia to axe a proposed mandatory bargaining code allowing news publishers – collectively if they choose – to negotiate with Google and Facebook to receive payment for their content.

20 January 2021

EU seeks feedback on antitrust exemptions for gig workers

The European Commission has followed up on its promise to protect gig workers by consulting on proposed exemptions from competition rules that would allow certain groups to form collective bargaining agreements.

06 January 2021

Spain fines port unions for restrictive collective bargaining agreement

Spain’s competition enforcer has fined six stevedoring unions for imposing anticompetitive hiring requirements on port stowage companies, just three days after the European Court of Justice rejected its request for a preliminary ruling on the case.

21 September 2020

ECJ rejects national enforcer’s preliminary ruling referral

The European Court of Justice has dismissed the Spanish antitrust enforcer’s request for a preliminary ruling on the application of competition rules to collective bargaining agreements because the enforcer is not a “national court or tribunal”.

16 September 2020

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