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The long-term campaign for a proper system of social dialogue in the public sector will continue ... [more]

The long-term campaign for a proper system of social dialogue in the public sector will continue to be one of the main collective bargaining issues in 2009, as eight trade union federations will come together to support a day of action across the public and private sectors on 29 January. The unions have a range of demands including compensation for past losses in purchasing power, properly funded public services, an end to job cuts in the public sector and measures to tackle precarious employment conditions.
(English: http://www.epsu.org/cob/280; French: http://www.ugff.cgt.fr/spip.php?article259)

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In the week of 17 November, the French government was confronted with a wave of strikes against i... [more]

In the week of 17 November, the French government was confronted with a wave of strikes against its reform proposals. Airline pilots, train drivers, teachers, students and postal worklers went on strike for one or more days. Notably the CGT union confederation is planning to continue actions, and plans a week of action in the public and private sectors from 24 November with 26 November a key date. The confederation's protest is over pay, employment and the latest government proposals to reform employment contracts and to raise the retirement age to 70. The CGT argues that an increase to salaries and boost to public services are important elements of a strategy to respond to the current crisis. (See also this Collective Bargaining Newsletter Year 1 No.'s 1, 2, 4, 5 and 7).
(English: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2008/nov/18/nicolas-sarkozy-france-strike-union; http://www.epsu.org/cob/274; French: http://www.cgt.fr/spip.php?article35341)

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The French government has announced plans for a significant extension of performance-related pay ... [more]

The French government has announced plans for a significant extension of performance-related pay (PRP) across the civil service. By 2012 nearly 200,000 civil servants will have a PRP as part of their wages. The additional payment will be made up by a job-related premium (60%) set by each ministry while the remaining 40% will be entirely related to the individual's performance. The CFDT and FSU federations have warned of the risks of having pay determined in an arbitrary way. They also argue that the key issue at the moment is to ensure that all public service workers have their pay protected against inflation without having to rely on unpredictable PRP payments. The new system will be financed by savings from the non-replacement of retiring workers.
(English: http://www.epsu.org/cob/273; French: http://www.lesechos.fr/info/france/4792380-remuneration-au-merite-jusqu-a-14-400-euros-de-prime-individuelle.htm; http://www.fsu.fr/spip.php?article1338)

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Six trade union confederations are cooperating to try to secure pay increases for health and soci... [more]

Six trade union confederations are cooperating to try to secure pay increases for health and social care workers employed in the private and non-profit sectors. The CFDT, CFTC, CFE-CGC, CGT, FO and UNSA unions organised a series of demonstrations on 30 September, including a national demonstration of 15,000 workers in Paris. The unions are not just claiming a pay increase for 2008 but higher minimum rates in the relevant collective agreements and higher increases to compensate for a loss of purchasing power in recent years. CFDT information indicates that public sector workers already experienced a decline of their real earnings in 2008.
(English: http://www.epsu.org/r/174; French:ÿhttp://www.fed-cfdt-sante-sociaux.org/article/actualite/assoc_sanitaire/action_bass_bmad_080930.php3; http://www.sante.cgt.fr/spip.php?article3338)

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The CGT, FO and FSU public service federations have rejected government proposals to cut pension ... [more]

The CGT, FO and FSU public service federations have rejected government proposals to cut pension entitlement for public sector workers. The workers affected are public employees who do not have civil service status and who are covered by the IRCANTEC pension scheme. The government wants to reduce the IRCANTEC pension in terms of the level of salary it replaces from 75% to 67.3%. The unions argue that it is possible to maintain the replacement rate at 75% particularly if the government increases the employers' contribution, which is currently much lower than it is for civil servants who are covered by a separate scheme.
(English: http://www.epsu.org/cob/269;
French: http://www.ugff.cgt.fr/ftp/ircantec/cgtfp_08_09_04.doc;
http://www.fo-fonctionnaires.fr/2008-09-03-Communique-UIAFP-Ircantec.html)

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Figures produced by the FO civil service union federation show how different groups of workers ar... [more]

Figures produced by the FO civil service union federation show how different groups of workers are losing out because of below-inflation pay increases in the public sector. Last year's 0.8% rise was below the 1.5% inflation rate, meaning that workers were losing between Euro 136 and Euro 198 in purchasing power. This year the situation is worse with a 0.8% rise compared to 3.2% inflation. Over the two years workers will be up to Euro 880 worse off. The union believes that things will only get worse with 0.5% wage increases foreseen for the following three years.
(English: http://www.epsu.org/cob/269;
French: http://www.fo-fonctionnaires.fr/2008-09-10-pouvoir-achat-toujours-moins.html)

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After a readjustment of the SMIC, the national minimum wage, from 1 May 2008 by 2.3%, the governm... [more]

After a readjustment of the SMIC, the national minimum wage, from 1 May 2008 by 2.3%, the government decided to increase the minimum wage again from 1 July 2008, this time by 0.9%, taking the hourly rate to Euro 8.71. Meanwhile, there is a vivid debate about the revision of the SMIC. The current system is likely to be overhauled from 2010, with annual increases on 1 January instead of 1 July. The method of calculation is likely to change too, and a special committee is being set up to reassess the link with price trends (See also this Collective Bargaining Newsletter Year 1 No. 5).
(English: Watson Wyatt Data Services, New Industrial Relations Europe, 7/2008;
http://www.eurofound.europa.eu/eiro/2008/05/articles/fr0805049i.htm;
French: http://tempsreel.nouvelobs.com/actualites/economie/20080627.OBS0362/tout_ce_qui_change_le_1er_juillet.html?idfx=RSS_economie)

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Security workers in France took strike action in high profile locations on 4 July as part of thei... [more]

Security workers in France took strike action in high profile locations on 4 July as part of their national campaign for a new collective agreement. The workers are fighting for improved wages, additional compensation for night and shift work, and job security. Under the current system, up to 20% of employees lose their jobs when the contractor changes. Unions took action in key security hot-spots such as airports in Roissy, Orly, Bordeaux and Marseille, as well as a nuclear power site. Following the success of the strike on 4 July, workers decided to continue on 5 July. The strike was an initiative of the CGT confederation, supported by the other confederations CFDT, FO and CFTC. The unions followed the International Justice Day 2008 theme.
(English: http://www.uniglobalunion.org/unipropertyn.nsf/7f9bc1ab9d900747c1257044004ba821/dd979834a839b8d0c1257481003f7c30?OpenDocument)

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In late May, a report prepared for the government by the economic think-tank CAE recommended that... [more]

In late May, a report prepared for the government by the economic think-tank CAE recommended that adjustments to the national minimum wage (SMIC) based on consumer price trends should be abandoned in their present form. CAE also advocated the introduction of a `junior SMIC' for workers under age 25, arguing that the present single SMIC rate for all workers except minors, apprentices and disabled deters employers from hiring young people.
On 23 June, the Labour Ministry announced a rise by 0.9% of the SMIC from 1 July, bringing it to Euro 8.71. In reaction, the CGT union confederation said the increase was too meagre to offset the impact of the soaring food and energy costs (See elsewhere in this Collective Bargaining Newsletter for minimum wage developments in Cyprus, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland).
(English: Watson Wyatt Data Services, New Industrial Relations Europe, 5/2008)

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The eight trade union federations in the public services have signed a joint letter declaring the... [more]

The eight trade union federations in the public services have signed a joint letter declaring their opposition to government proposals on increasing worker mobility across the public sector. The unions argue that rather than enhancing career development, the measures are mainly aimed at increasing flexibility, undermining the pay and grading system and providing opportunities to make more budget cuts.
(English: http://www.epsu.org/spip/cob.php3?id_mot=260#a3857;
French: http://www.fo-fonctionnaires.fr/flashinfo-suite.html)

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