mercredi 23 octobre 2013

Work@Home Agreement in France

Oracle France Labor unions have unanimously signed an agreement regarding Work from home.

This agreement brings the following considerations :
- The Work@Home request is initiated by the employee and the answer to the approval request is provided in a maximum of 30 days.
- The work contract is changed to allow 40 to 100% of Work@Home.
- Work@Home may be denied to an employee, but a written justification has to be provided.
- Work@Home can be cancelled by any party with a one month notive.
- Temporary Work@Home can also be allowed up to 11 months to cover special events (new born, broken leg, relocation, elder care...). 
- insurrance, and employee home office compliance is clarified.
- Office furniture may be purchased through iProc or by the employee up to a maximum of 350 Euros.
- Employee has to comply with any request for meetings by his management under a notification process commonly agreed with the manager.
- High Speed Internet is reimboursed under the general expense policy.
- A monthly allocation is provided to home workers to compensate energy & office occupation (2 days = 10 E, 3 days = 65 E, 4-5 days = 81 Euros).

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lundi 2 septembre 2013

Forecast : A Prediction as of coming events or conditions

One of the essential managing skills, especially within Oracle is Forecasting. 

How come so few anticipation of change is shared with employees before things get to a critical point?

The EWC wrote in one of its recent opinion "This planning would help identify and highlight jobs at risk, allow for budgeting of training and enable the implemention of repositioning / re-skilling plans before reaching the point where job losses become a necessity."

The lack of social forcast seems to be a very common problem as the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) has made a formal complaint to the EU Ombudsman on the treatment of the EP’s report calling for legal action on the restructuring and anticipation of change (Read more).

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samedi 15 juin 2013

Offshore Leaks - Open Acccess to the database

From ICIJ - "The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists today releases an interactive database that helps crack open the historically impenetrable world of offshore tax havens. 

The ICIJ Offshore Leaks Database allows the public to search through more than 100,000 secret companies, trusts and funds created in offshore locales such as the British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Cook Islands and Singapore."

The annoucement can be accessed here  - And The database is here 

You may download the 12 Mb Database just through this link...
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mardi 4 juin 2013

Offshore Profits - Oracle accounted for 21 Billion Unrepatriated

You may find interest in reading the detailled analysis from the  Citizens for Tax Justice Network.

 We do acknoledge Oracle is far behind Google (33 B$,), Cisco (41 B$), Microsoft (61 B$), and Apple (83 B$).
The Total unaccounted Income reaches 283 B$ for 18 Companies !

Aren't those numbers amazing and sickening ?

mercredi 15 mai 2013

Dirty Little Secrets

A failure in enforcing anti corrupt practices has been uncovered and settled with a 2 Million dollars fine.
In the period 2005-2007, Oracle India Private Ltd used secret cash cushions and fake invoices that made bribery possible.
We still urge the company to move towards a more citizen approach and publish detailled accounts in each of its operating subsidiaries.

Who's insuring we do not conduct unauthorized operations there ?

Update 1 - Whisleblowing failures (The Gardian May 14th)

mardi 29 janvier 2013

EWC Calling for "Employee Pain Points Presentations"

The European Works Council Representatives wishes to take  next annual meeting as an opportunity to collect organisational pain points and present them to EMEA Top Management.

Workflow processes, Self Service, Internal Competition - Any inappropriate process is welcome to try to figure out how we may improve Oracle Employee life.

Please contact your local employee representative, or one of the EWC steering commitee member (Peter R, Rashmi, Peter H, Mariarosa or myself).