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Michel Reckinger will take over the head of UEL

On January 1, 2021, the current president of the Federation of Craftsmen will become the new boss of employers, said the Union des entreprises luxembourgeoises on Monday. He will succeed Nicolas Buck, who is not seeking a new mandate.

On January 1, 2021, the current president of the Federation of Craftsmen will become the new boss of employers, said the Union des entreprises luxembourgeoises on Monday. He will succeed Nicolas Buck, who is not seeking a new mandate.

(Jmh) -New change at the head of Luxembourg employers. 18 months after the arrival of Nicolas Buck as president of UEL, the umbrella body of employers’ organizations announces his replacement by Michel Reckinger. A decision which follows “the will of Nicolas Buck not to request a renewal of his mandate”, according to the terms of the press release published on Monday. Text that underlines the “full” commitment and “energy” deployed by the one who had been in office since early 2019.


Für Nicolas Buck und die UEL muss die Arbeitsmarktpolitik ganz oben auf die Agenda der Tripartite.

Nicolas Buck, the president of the Union des entreprises luxembourgeoises (UEL), delivers his feelings before the tripartite on Friday. The “boss of employers” insists on “the world of work of tomorrow”, skills to be acquired and again denounces “red tape”.


Appointed “unanimously” by the board of directors, Michel Reckinger will take up his new functions on January 1st. The current president of the Federation of Craftsmen and “boss of a family business created in 1911 and employing more than 250 employees”, will then head the nine employers’ organizations of the country. Namely: ABBL, ACA, Chamber of Commerce, Chamber of Trades, CLC, Federation of Craftsmen, Fedil and Horesca. Authorities which “provide 80% of jobs and 85% of GDP”, according to the official press release.

“I am very proud of what has been accomplished by UEL since I had the honor of chairing its board of directors,” said Nicolas Buck, quoted in the text sent on Monday. The latter claims to be “grateful for the trust shown in me. But first and foremost I’m an entrepreneur and a business owner and now I want to have more time to devote to it. “


Wirtschaft, CdP Fedil, Nicolas Buck, Foto: Gerry Huberty / Luxemburger Wort

This time, the social dialogue between Luxembourg employers and the unions is severely broken. The Union des entreprises luxembourgeoises (UEL) is proposing a new way forward by forcing the Minister of Labor to assume his responsibilities.


A colorful personality, Nicolas Buck has never mince words, even as president of the UEL, denouncing both “the red tape” imposed on companies and the need “to benefit from a more professional social dialogue” .

An outspokenness that will push him not only to ensure that “the tax system is made for the voters”, but also to go to open conflict by refusing to negotiate with the unions during a meeting within the Standing Committee on Labor and employment. A punch on the table which will have resulted in unifying OGBL, LCGB and CGFP. At least for a while.


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