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Trade union OGBl and the management of Delphi Luxembourg have signed an agreement for the 600 wor... [more]

Trade union OGBl and the management of Delphi Luxembourg have signed an agreement for the 600 workers of the group. The agreement will run from 1 January 2016 to 31 December 2018. Agreed is a pay increase of 1.25% in the year 2016 and an additional 0.5% in the following two years. The minimum weekly gross wage is fixed at 350 euro. A joint committee will work out the details of an agreed system of variable wage components.
French: http://www.ogbl.lu/blog/renouvellement-de-la-convention-collective-24/

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Energy companies and trade unions began two-day wage talks in a bid to avert a strike that would ... [more]

Energy companies and trade unions began two-day wage talks in a bid to avert a strike that would cut output from Europe's largest oil producer by six percent, the Norwegian Oil and Gas Association (NOG) said. The trade unions are seeking pay increases in line with other industries while producers want workers to refrain from seeking such increases and to accept more flexible work practices citing still weak oil prices. State-mediated wage talks so far in 2016 have resulted in wage increases of around 2.4 percent. Union leaders said the talks would be difficult, but added they aim to come to an agreement with employers within that frame.
English: http://in.reuters.com/article/norway-oil-strike .

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Lufthansa and the cabin crew union UFO have reached a deal in a long-running dispute over pay, co... [more]

Lufthansa and the cabin crew union UFO have reached a deal in a long-running dispute over pay, conditions and pensions, in a boost for the carrier which is also negotiating with pilots. The deal was achieved thanks to a mediator, who will formally announce the terms in July once a few final details have been agreed, the two sides said. Until then, both sides said they had agreed to keep the terms confidential.
English: http://news.airwise.com/story/lufthansa-cabin-crew-union-agree-deal

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The trade unions representing handling and passenger assistance workers at the country's airports... [more]

The trade unions representing handling and passenger assistance workers at the country's airports - Faro, Porto, Lisbon, Beja, Madeira and the Azores - have announced a three-day-strike from 1 July. The strike is against the liberalisation of the handling sector, against the low salary model, and precarious employment conditions which have dragged on from year to year at national airports. The strike will affect leading handling companies Groundforce and Portway, but also covers employees of temping agencies and outsourced services working in the field.
English: http://www.theportugalnews.com/news/biggest-airport-strikes-ever .

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Thousands of protesters marched in Paris as the Senate approved a hotly debated government bill r... [more]

Thousands of protesters marched in Paris as the Senate approved a hotly debated government bill reforming labour laws. The government allowed the protest march after negotiating an alternative route for the demonstration, which was initially banned. The government wants the reforms to make it easier to lay off employees, allow temporary extensions of the work week and give company deals priority over industry-wide deals. Some unions argue it would weaken workers' rights. During two weeks of debate, the Senate, led by a conservative majority, substantially changed the bill to make it more pro-business. Yet, the labour reforms must be debated again in July at the lower house of parliament, the National Assembly, led by a socialist majority. Amendments that have been proposed by the government so far have not satisfied the strongest opponents, the trade unions CGT and FO.
English: http://www.france24.com/en/20160628-thousands-march-paris .
French: http://www.europe1.fr/societe/loi-travail-en-progres-mais-pas-suffisant .

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The labour court (Bundesarbeitsgericht) has formulated that the statutory minimum hourly wage has... [more]

The labour court (Bundesarbeitsgericht) has formulated that the statutory minimum hourly wage has to be applied for the hours that workers are on-call. Furthermore, the court defined what has to be understood as on-call time. The court argued that the Bill on the statutory wage has no differentiation between regular work and on-call hours. On-call hours count if the employee has to wait and stay at a certain place and has to be available to start working at any minute.
German: http://www.spiegel.de/wirtschaft/soziales/mindestlohn-gilt-auch-fuer .

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The NGO Fairwork and research institute SOMO published a report on Polish migrant workers. The re... [more]

The NGO Fairwork and research institute SOMO published a report on Polish migrant workers. The researchers interviewed over hundred Polish migrant workers all over the Netherlands on wages, discrimination, exploitation and sexual intimidation, social isolation and work pressure, health and lack of insurance. These workers still face long working days, unpaid overtime, sexual intimidation and threats, despite a series of measures the government took since 2011 to improve the situation of Polish migrant workers. Because of their dependency on recruitment agencies, Polish migrant workers remain extremely vulnerable to exploitation.
English: http://www.fairwork.nu/actueel/nieuws_van_fairwork/profiting-from-dependency .
The report: http://www.fairwork.nu/assets/structured-files .

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The trade unions and the employers' organisations agreed on the increase of the statutory minimum... [more]

The trade unions and the employers' organisations agreed on the increase of the statutory minimum wage. The proposal is to lift the gross hourly minimum wage up to 8.84 euro. The agreement will lead to the first adaptation, after the introduction of the legal minimum wage that was introduced in January 2015. At the introduction of the statutory minimum wage the government had commissioned the task to review and update the level of the paid wage to a paritarian committee, with representatives of the central employers and trade union organisations. The calculations method is based on the development of the wage development in collective bargaining. The average wage increase in around 500 agreements in one and a half year was calculated at 3.2%. In a preparatory report, it was revealed that the introduction of the legal wage had had no negative consequences on employment. One remarkable effect is that the total size of so-called mini-jobs reduced, with mini-jobs being modified in more traditional contracts.
English: http://www.dw.com/en/german-minimum-wage-set-to-rise-in-2017 .
German: http://www.dgb.de/presse/++co++3d1eae2e-3d25-11e6-8be9-525400e5a74a
Report of the Minimum Wage Committee (German): http://www.mindestlohn-kommission.de .

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The gender pay gap report 2016, produced by the Institute for equality between women and men and ... [more]

The gender pay gap report 2016, produced by the Institute for equality between women and men and the Federal Department for employment, labour and social dialogue, reveals that in 2013 a woman earned on average 8% less (gross hourly wage) than a man. Annually, taking into account part-time work, the pay gap mounted up to 21%. The data show an improvement of 1 percent point compared to the preceding report. Thus, only a slow evolution in the improvement of women wages takes place.
French: http://igvm-iefh.belgium.be/fr/actualite/lecart_salarial_diminue_mais .
Dutch: http://igvm-iefh.belgium.be./sites/default/files/downloads/pb_loonkloofrapport .

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Statistics Austria reports that in 2015, 1.21 million or 33.5% of the employees worked in non-sta... [more]

Statistics Austria reports that in 2015, 1.21 million or 33.5% of the employees worked in non-standard employment - either in part-time, in marginal part-time, with limited or free service contracts or in temporary employment. At the same time, the number of employees (3.61 million) increased by 43 000 compared to 2014. This increase was mainly due to a rise of part-time work, but the number of persons in standard employment increased as well (+13 000). 84.0% of all male but only 47.9% of all female employees worked in standard employment. Thus, for women non-standard employment is almost as frequent as standard employment.
English: http://www.statistik.at/web_en/press .
German (with statistics): http://www.statistik.at/web_de/presse .

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