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Several observers question whether the reputation as the world champions of strikes is really des... [more]

Several observers question whether the reputation as the world champions of strikes is really deserved for French workers. When you look at the statistics of the number of days lost to strikes in each country over the last 100 years, then France is generally in the middle of the table. Other experts in the field also claim the number of days lost to strikes in France has decreased notably since the 1970s. Those kinds of stats are often used to debunk the myth that the French spend their lives on strike, but others have doubted the accuracy of these figures which often put countries like Denmark and Norway at the top of those rankings.
English: http://www.thelocal.fr/20160331/why-are-french-always-on-strike

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A report of the teachers' trade union Fenprof reveals that out of 200,000 teachers, 53,158 are wo... [more]

A report of the teachers' trade union Fenprof reveals that out of 200,000 teachers, 53,158 are working in a `precarious situation'. The union highlighted some cases of teachers in higher education receiving wages of 500 euro and contracts of only four months. Insecurity is not only a problem for teachers; it is also a social problem and affects the organisation of schools and the quality of education.
English: http://www.theportugalnews.com/news/no-security-for-teachers .

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The country's inflation rate for the month of March was as high as 2.24%, substantially higher th... [more]

The country's inflation rate for the month of March was as high as 2.24%, substantially higher than the average for the Eurozone. Under the automatic wage indexation system, this means that wages are to go up. Experts estimate that social benefits and salaries in the public sector will go up in July or August. Most private companies would follow in January 2017.
English: http://deredactie.be/cm/vrtnieuws.english/News .

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Cooperation of trade unions in the European transport sector pays. Joint action of Dutch trade un... [more]

Cooperation of trade unions in the European transport sector pays. Joint action of Dutch trade union FNV and Polish trade union Solidarnosc against the exploitation of drivers and social dumping in transport linked to the potato industry resulted in safe rates in two trucking companies. FNV is now focusing on a third. Potato transport in Western Europe is dominated by three Dutch companies with sub-contractors in Poland. While the Dutch collective bargaining agreement (CBA) ensured wages of €13 per hour, drivers employed by the sub-contractors received only around €3. After a strike, media publicity and court pressure, one of the Polish sub-contractors has now closed and its drivers are contracted under the CBA with the Dutch parent company, which gives them social security and pension benefits, along with an extra €1,000 in pay per month. The second Polish firm will close later this year and the drivers will be employed by the German parent company and hopefully come under a CBA with German trade union Ver.di.
English: http://www.itfglobal.org/en/news-events/news/2016/march/joint-union-organising .

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Tens of thousands of people have taken to the streets in two public rallies in recent weeks, and ... [more]

Tens of thousands of people have taken to the streets in two public rallies in recent weeks, and union leaders are warning of widespread disruption if the government continues to refuse talks. While teachers are effectively denied the right to take legal strike action, support for an announced one-hour strike was growing. Several trade unions announced their support for the demands that the education system needs to be properly funded, and that the government's centralising of the education system and other changes it has introduced caused overall dysfunction, with serious overload for teachers and pupils, and a lack of basic materials in schools. Trade union MASZSZ reported increasing intimidation of union representatives and increasing anti-union actions by employers across the country. Teachers want to regain rights lost since the government tightened its grip on the sector, leading to administrative burdens and less flexibility.
English: http://www.wsj.com/articles/hungarian-teachers-stage-strike .
http://www.ituc-csi.org/hungary-public-discontent-rising

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Many teachers feel their profession has been under assault for too long and are determined to go ... [more]

Many teachers feel their profession has been under assault for too long and are determined to go to war on a number of fronts. Industrial action is looming on fronts ranging from lower pay scales for new teachers and extra working hours to junior cycle reform. The main backdrop to the potential industrial conflict in schools is that two teaching trade unions, the ASTI and the TUI, rejected the Lansdowne Road agreement on public service pay. The unions say that new entrant teachers will lose about €300,000 over their careers as a result of lower pay levels put in place by the government. The next few weeks will be critical if potentially serious industrial action by teachers and the closure of schools next autumn is to be avoided. Talks between the Department of Education and teacher representatives are expected to take place, but the time available of a securing a deal is short.
English: http://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/critical-talks-loom .

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The miners' trade union announced that, after agreement with the company management, about 250 wo... [more]

The miners' trade union announced that, after agreement with the company management, about 250 workers out of the 345 that black-coal mining company OKD intends to lay off at the end of June are going to end their employment by mutual agreement. About 50 employees do not want to leave the company. The employees who will terminate employment by mutual consent and have been working for the company for at least two years are to receive severance pays equalling a sextuple of their wages. OKD is going to lay off employees from all its plants and considers that it does not have to announce a social programme. According to the union, a social programme has to be announced if over 200 employees from a single plant are dismissed.
English: http://www.ceskenoviny.cz/news/zpravy/about-250-out-of-345-employees-want .

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Women still make on average 22 percent less pay than men, which makes the country one of the wors... [more]

Women still make on average 22 percent less pay than men, which makes the country one of the worst performers in Europe. The wage gap is highest in the private sector, although to a lesser extent it is also present in the public sphere. The NGO Business & Professional Women held a conference at which they speed-mentored women in different areas of business on how to negotiate a higher salary.
English: http://radio.cz/en/section/in-focus/why-do-czech-women-settle-for-less

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The European Social Policy Network (ESPN) prepared a thematic report on minimum income schemes. T... [more]

The European Social Policy Network (ESPN) prepared a thematic report on minimum income schemes. The 35 country reports by independent experts highlight and assess the contribution of minimum income schemes to both preventing and alleviating poverty and social exclusion, and fostering an active inclusion approach to promoting social investment. Such schemes play a vital role in alleviating the worst impacts of poverty and social exclusion in many countries. However, in too many countries the schemes still fall short of ensuring a decent life for the most vulnerable in society. Progress in improving them in recent years has been disappointing. The most common weaknesses include inadequate levels of benefit, failure to cover all those in need, low levels of take-up and a limited impact in reducing poverty. The country reports and the related synthesis report are available from the ESPN web-page. Another assessment was produced by authors from the European Observatory of Working Life (EurWORK).
English: http://ec.europa.eu/social/main .
https://www.socialeurope.eu/2016/03/crisis-minimum-wages-resume-growth-largely/

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Statoil posted a news-item on its intranet informing the employees that all employees would recei... [more]

Statoil posted a news-item on its intranet informing the employees that all employees would receive an offer to apply for severance packages. Previous practice in complying with necessary workforce reductions has been severance packages to groups and departments within the company. Statoil is now offering severance packages to all employees. Statoil currently employs 22,000 people in 38 countries around the world. The aim is a reduction of 1,500 permanent employees and a reduction of 500 temporary employees by the end of 2016.
English: http://norwaypost.com/index.php/business/general-business .

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