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Trade unions are rethinking their negotiation strategy. The basic idea is for pay rises in collec... [more]

Trade unions are rethinking their negotiation strategy. The basic idea is for pay rises in collective agreements to be linked somehow to those for the export industry. The pay rise ceiling should in this model be calculated on the basis of the competitiveness of the export sector, employment, productivity and the balance of the public economy. Since spring the export industry unions and employers associations have been negotiating on how to build such a model. So far this has not led to any clear resolution as to how this can be achieved.
English: http://heikkijokinen.info/en/trade-union-news-from-finland/1141-export-industry

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The teachers’ union PSZ stated that teachers have been worse off by as much as HUF 30,000 (96 eur... [more]

The teachers’ union PSZ stated that teachers have been worse off by as much as HUF 30,000 (96 euro) a month since the government eliminated a law tying their wages to minimum wage. According to PSZ, increases to the minimum wage for 2017 and 2018 recently mandated by parliament would have no impact on teachers’ wages, as the basis for calculating them is no longer the actual minimum wage of any given year but rather that of 2014, which is already 8.5 percent less than the current minimum gross wage of HUF 111,000 (357 euro) and considerably less than the HUF 129,000 promised for 2017.
English: http://budapestbeacon.com/news-in-brief/teachers-unaffected

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Lufthansa pilots have warned they will strike again talks failed to resolve a long-running row ov... [more]

Lufthansa pilots have warned they will strike again talks failed to resolve a long-running row over pay. The pilots' union, Vereinigung Cockpit, said the walkout would affect both short and long-haul flights. It is the 15th strike since April, with recently 2,800 flights cancelled in one week due to a four-day walkout by pilots. Vereinigung Cockpit wants an average annual pay rise of 3.7% for its 5,400 members, backdated to 2012. Lufthansa offered to increase wages by 2.4% in 2016, with an additional 2% rise in 2017. It said it would also provide a one-off payment of 1.8 months' pay. The union rejected this offer. The management is seeking to avert further strike through lawsuits; a first effort failed as the judges declared not to be responsible for the establishment of wages.
English: http://www.bbc.co.uk/search?q=lufthansa
http://www.euronews.com/2016/11/24/lufthansa-pilots-strike-causes-travel-chaos
German: http://www.handelsblatt.com/unternehmen/handel-konsumgueter/lufthansa
http://www.spiegel.de/thema/lufthansa_streik/

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An agreement at Volkswagen plans layoff in the range of some 30,000 in total, 23,000 of which in ... [more]

An agreement at Volkswagen plans layoff in the range of some 30,000 in total, 23,000 of which in Germany. Months of discussions between trade union IG Metall, the VW Works Council and company management on VW’s future, new technology and an efficient production system, have resulted in what the parties call a ‘pact for the future’. The emissions scandal got the company into a serious crisis in the context of which the pressure was high to lay off. While the company also plans to create some 9000 new jobs in the electric vehicle division, the goal is to avoid layoffs and instead phase out the outdated jobs with natural fluctuation, partial retirement and early retirement schemes.
English: http://www.industriall-union.org/volkswagen-job-security-until-2025-despite-cuts
http://www.bbc.com/news/business
German: http://www.spiegel.de/wirtschaft/unternehmen/volkswagen-17-500-jobs-bei-vw

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The Minister for human rights has unveiled a campaign in support of gender equality which should ... [more]

The Minister for human rights has unveiled a campaign in support of gender equality which should be launched by the end of 2016. The campaign will focus on domestic violence as well as on ways of better combing work and family life. The minister pointed out that women are on average paid 22 percent less than men in the Czech Republic.
English: http://radio.cz/en/section/news/human-rights-minister-launches-equality-campaign

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After more than a year of talks and several strike actions, the employer organisations Federmecca... [more]

After more than a year of talks and several strike actions, the employer organisations Federmeccanica and Assistal concluded a draft national collective agreement with the metal workers trade unions (FIOM-CGIL, FIM-CISL and UILM-UIL). The deal covers the mechanics and metal sector and applies to some 1.6 million workers. Remarkably, the FIOM trade union was fully involved in the drafting, although this union had not signed the previous national collective agreement. The duration of the agreement is four years. Main items concluded were: an ex-poste inflation correction, an on-off payment to compensate healthcare costs, extra hours for vocational (re)training, a welfare package for all workers and flexibility matters.
Italian: http://www.corriere.it/economia/16_novembre_26/accordo-contratto-metalmeccanici

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The government hopes that the Labour Court recommendation on Garda pay increases will form the ba... [more]

The government hopes that the Labour Court recommendation on Garda pay increases will form the basis for a final resolution of this dispute following the balloting of members of Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors (AGSI) and the Garda Representative Association (GRA). The outcome of this ballot among the Garda staff is still uncertain. The government considers that the recommendation will not breach the Lansdowne Road Agreement (on public service pay) and will be funded within existing budgetary allocations. However, the deal has triggered demands for an accelerated renegotiation of the Lansdowne Road Agreement - as unions say their members will be seeking similar increases. The government is facing follow-on pay claims from several trade unions representing nurses and public service employees in the wake of pay proposals made to gardaí to avert a threatened strike. Siptu, INMO, CPSU, Impact and Unite are all seeking an immediate discussion with the Irish Congress of Trade Unions (Ictu) in relation to its support for the agreement. According to the craft trade union TEEU, the Lansdowne Road public service pay deal needs correction as a result of recent industrial relations developments.
English: http://www.irishtimes.com/news/crime-and-law/prospect-of-new-garda-strikes
http://www.rte.ie/news
http://www.irishtimes.com/business/financial-services/lansdowne-road-deal-needs-correction
http://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/five-unions-to-seek-new-pay-terms

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The Parliament approved amendments to the Committee on Labour and Social Affairs’ Employment Act ... [more]

The Parliament approved amendments to the Committee on Labour and Social Affairs’ Employment Act (AUG), which covers regulation of temporary employment and work contracts. The Committee on Labour and Social Affairs stated that the proposed changes to the Employee Leasing Act will come into effect on 1 April 2017. The draft Act, which was finally approved by the Bundesrat (the Federal Council), stipulates that temporary workers may only be used for 18 months at a client company in the future (unless a collective agreement governs a longer duration of use). They should also receive the same wages as the permanent staff after nine months. Previous demands by the trade unions for more regulation of contracted work were not met, as employers' representatives succeeded in keeping this subject off the agenda.
English: https://www.eurofound.europa.eu/observatories/eurwork/articles/working-conditions
German: http://www.handelsblatt.com/politik/deutschland/leiharbeit-bundesrat-billigt
http://www.bundesrat.de/SharedDocs/drucksachen
Complete file Parliament (in German): https://www.bundestag.de

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Labour laws were violated in the construction of the new United States embassy in Wassenaar, a ne... [more]

Labour laws were violated in the construction of the new United States embassy in Wassenaar, a newspaper reports. Employees structurally had to work overtime and foreign workers did not have the right papers. The Social Affairs and Employment Inspectorate is investigating the case. People who worked on the embassy told the newspaper that they worked up to 60 hours a week, including Saturday. Workers who protested were sent away. Trade union FNV's safety hotline also received several complaints about safety at the site. Workers were hired as highly skilled migrants - a system that makes it easier to get work permits for highly qualified foreign personnel - while most of them aren't highly skilled workers.
English: http://nltimes.nl/2016/11/25/labour-violations-alleged-new-us-embassy-site

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Alitalia could cut up to 2,000 jobs as controlling shareholder Etihad Airways pushes for sweeping... [more]

Alitalia could cut up to 2,000 jobs as controlling shareholder Etihad Airways pushes for sweeping changes to turn the loss-making airline around, according to sources close to the matter. The carrier may also ground at least 20 planes to cut certain unprofitable routes on domestic and regional services where it is struggling to compete with low-cost rivals and high-speed trains. It is likely to remain loss-making for the next two to three years even if it carries out the job cuts of around a sixth of its workforce and the plane groundings. The plans could put Etihad and Alitalia management on a collision course with unions - which have gone on strike over cost cuts in the past - as the busy Christmas travel season nears.
English: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-alitalia-restructuring

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