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Workers at meatpacking plant Rakvere are holding on to their demands for a 16% wage increase from... [more]

Workers at meatpacking plant Rakvere are holding on to their demands for a 16% wage increase from 1 February 2018 and an additional 16% increase in basic wage from 1 July 2018 (see our January Newsletter). The trade unions met with heads of HKScan Estonia in a final attempt to negotiate the pay demands of the workers, but negotiations failed. The union stated that the management of HKScan Estonia did not respond to the wage proposal and only repeated what they had said previously. In reaction to the failed negotiations employees of the plant began an open-ended strike. Earlier workers at the Rakvere plant were threatened by their employer to prevent them from going on strike.

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The government has allocated 200 million euros to compensate workers that voluntarily continued d... [more]

The government has allocated 200 million euros to compensate workers that voluntarily continued during and after the financial crisis their contributions to the second level pension fund or paid higher second level pension fund contributions from 2014 to 2017. A law was implemented during the financial crises of 2007-2008 that allowed the government to temporarily stop contributions to the second level of pensions.

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The trade union confederation EAKL made public that workers at meatpacking plant Rakvere, part of... [more]

The trade union confederation EAKL made public that workers at meatpacking plant Rakvere, part of the HK Scan group, were threatened by the employer in an attempt to avoid a strike. Workers were said that they could be fired, blacklisted or ‘having their life made difficult’ if they participated in the strike, the union said. The attempts include influencing employees one by one. According to EAKL's information, people have been threatened in the central warehouse of the meatpacking plant, in the flavouring unit and the roast production unit. In order to avoid threats, the trade union suggested that employees record conversations as the activity of the employer is illegal and punishable pursuant to criminal procedure. Workers are asking a 16% increase from 1 February 2018 and an additional 16% increase in basic wage from 1 July 2018.

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The trade union of Estonian public-sector trade unions TALO and the ministry of culture signed a ... [more]

The trade union of Estonian public-sector trade unions TALO and the ministry of culture signed a 2018 pay agreement for cultural workers, according to which the gross minimum monthly salary of cultural workers whose pay comes from the state budget will increase to 1,150 euro in 2018, a 22% increase. According to a previously signed agreement, the salary of full-time cultural workers should reach the country's average monthly pay by 2020. The ministry declared that this deal shows the great value that the country gives to cultural work.

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The state-owned cargo rail operator AS EVR Cargo and railway worker and railroad engineer trade u... [more]

The state-owned cargo rail operator AS EVR Cargo and railway worker and railroad engineer trade unions signed a one-year extension of their collective agreement. EVR Cargo employs 650 people. The collective agreement promises wage growth and improved working conditions for 2018. The company’s management said that they had established a very constructive cooperation with the trade unions, with the Estonian Railwaymen's Trade Union and Locomotive Workers' Trade Union always giving ‘valuable feedback’, which helps the company to better organise work within the company and improve the motivation of its employees.

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The statistical office released statistics on the national wages, including sectoral data. Compar... [more]

The statistical office released statistics on the national wages, including sectoral data. Comparing the 3rd to the 2nd quarter wages seem to have decreased slightly, due to bonuses in the 2nd quarter of 2017. The average monthly gross wages in the 3rd quarter of 2017 were 1,201 euro, having increased 7.4% compared to the 3rd quarter of 2016. Real wages, which take into account the impact of the change in the consumer price index, continued to increase slower compared to the 3rd quarter of 2016 than the average monthly gross wages and salaries due to an increase in consumer prices. Compared to the 3rd quarter of 2016, real wages rose 3.7%.

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The Employers' Confederation and the Confederation of Trade Unions EAKL concluded a wage agreemen... [more]

The Employers' Confederation and the Confederation of Trade Unions EAKL concluded a wage agreement, according to which the minimum wage will increase from the beginning of 2018 to 500 euro and the minimum hourly wage will be 2.97 euro. A union spokesperson said that the negotiations on agreeing on the minimum wage figures were more difficult than usual, as the prerequisite for an increase in minimum wage was to reach a joint understanding on the long-term methodology on how minimum wage should increase in the future. The deal is essentially a generally binding collective agreement at the highest level, which means that it is mandatory for all employers. From 2018 on, it is not allowed to pay a lower monthly salary to a full-time employee than 500 euro.

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The OECD survey provide several interesting figures. The country performs well in recent years, a... [more]

The OECD survey provide several interesting figures. The country performs well in recent years, and the economy is expected to grow by more than 4 percent in 2017. But the development of income and earnings of workers lag behind. Poverty (at 15.5%, compared to OECD average of 11.5%) and income inequality are among the highest in the OECD and around a quarter of the population is still at risk of poverty. An adequate social safety net should be implemented, including increased spending on subsistence benefits, relaxed eligibility conditions for unemployment benefits, and extended parental leave for fathers.

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According to Statistics Estonia, the unemployment rate stood at 7%, the employment rate at 66.9% ... [more]

According to Statistics Estonia, the unemployment rate stood at 7%, the employment rate at 66.9% and the labour force participation rate at 72% in the 2nd quarter of 2017. The labour force participation rate reached its highest level for 20 years. Partly, this is the consequence of the fact that the number of working-age persons continued its slow decrease. The Unemployment Insurance Fund stated that of those registered as unemployed, 28% are people with reduced work capacity.

English: http://www.baltic-course.com/eng/analytics ...

http://news.err.ee/606706/registered-unemployment-unchanged-at-4-6-percent-in-june

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In the mining company Enefit Kaevandused, an agreement was reached between the management, the mi... [more]

In the mining company Enefit Kaevandused, an agreement was reached between the management, the miners' and energy workers' independent trade union and the Narva Energy Trade Union (NETU). In another Eesti Energia subsidiary, Enefit Energiatootmise AS, NETU also signed an agreement. The collective agreement of Enefit Kaevandused is to last until 30 June 2018. Wages will be increased with 5%. Benefits will remain unchanged for the most part, however there will be slightly fewer additional days off. The collective agreement signed by Enefit Energiatootmise AS and the NETU is to expire on 31 December 2018. In this agreement, all existing benefits will remain in place and the basic wage of trade union members will increase 4% on average in addition to the increase already given at the beginning of 2017. At the start, the miners' and energy workers' independent trade union asked for a 7% wage increase. NETU managed to retain all existing benefits.
English: http://news.err.ee/603106/eesti-energia-signs-collective-agreements

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