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The CGT Public Services federation and the SUD trade union are joining for a day of action on 21 ... [more]

The CGT Public Services federation and the SUD trade union are joining for a day of action on 21 January in protest at government plans to reform local government. The unions argue that changes to the funding system and cutting jobs will undermine the proper provision of public services and lead to an increase in outsourcing to the private sector. The unions want to see a public debate about the public services, a withdrawal of plans to change public finance of local authorities, decent pay increases for local government workers to recoup their lost purchasing power, and a transfer to civil service status of the 30% of workers in local government who face more precarious employment arrangements.
English: http://www.epsu.org/cob/331;
French: http://www.spterritoriaux.cgt.fr/spip.php?article3609

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Student nurses have won a victory in their battle to stop the government compelling them to work ... [more]

Student nurses have won a victory in their battle to stop the government compelling them to work seven days a week for up to 14 hours a day in swine flu vaccine centres. Health minister Roselyne Bachelot-Narquin stated that student nurses cannot be requisitioned for more than ten hours a weekÿor two sessions of five hours. In addition, student nurses are to get better pay. Earlier, student nurses opposed the conditions under which they were compelled to work in chaotic vaccine centres under the orders of bullying supervisors.
English: http://theflucase.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id .
French: http://www.lesechos.fr/info/sante/020258893649.htm?xtor=RSS-2059

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The CGT, FO and CFTC unions have refused to sign a new pay agreement with EDF, although the agree... [more]

The CGT, FO and CFTC unions have refused to sign a new pay agreement with EDF, although the agreement is being implemented following the decision by the CFDT and CFE-CGC unions to sign. The deal involves a 1.2% general increase from January 2010, based on the predicted level of inflation next year. There is also 0.7% for individual increases, 0.3% related to changes to the pension system and 0.6% linked to seniority increases in the pay scale. During energy sector campaigning and strike action earlier this year unions had been looking for a 5% increase to compensate for a loss in purchasing power in recent years.
English: http://www.epsu.org/cob/330;
French: http://www.fnme-cgt.fr/pages/communique.php?id=45ÿ;
http://www.fnem-fo.org/content/view/667/1/

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On 24 November, thousands of French postal workers and teachers went on strike in separate protes... [more]

On 24 November, thousands of French postal workers and teachers went on strike in separate protests over the future of two of France's biggest public sector institutions. The protests are the latest in a series of strikes by public sector workers angered by reforms President Nicolas Sarkozy says are necessary to improve efficiency and reduce costs. According to the SNES-FSU union, 40% of secondary school teachers took part in the strike over job reductions and school reforms. Teachers' unions are angry at measures which include new training standards, changing the selection process to make it easier for parents to choose a school and steadily reducing the number of teachers. Education Minister Luc Chatel said the government would not back down on plans that aim to trim the overall public service payroll by replacing only half the public servants who retire.
English: http://af.reuters.com/article/worldNews/idAFTRE5AN35H20091124
via http://www.labourstart.org/cgi-bin/show_news.pl?country=France

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On 19 November, the Federation of Chemical and Energy Workers (FCE-CFDT) Union conducted a day of... [more]

On 19 November, the Federation of Chemical and Energy Workers (FCE-CFDT) Union conducted a day of action against the country's plastics manufacturers over a long simmering wage dispute. Some 150,000 workers in plastics, employed by 3,700 big and small plastics companies, have not seen any wage increase since 2006. Early in 2008, the employers' federation abrogated a 2004 collective agreement which automatically gave wage increases that at least matched inflation. In the over three years since the last pay hike, three pay grids in French plastics have fallen below the national minimum wage (SMIC) levels. Despite ongoing negotiations since May 2008, the employers' grouping and the unions have been unable to reach acceptable wage standards, or a threshold on maximum seniority pay.
English: http://www.icem.org/en/78-ICEM-InBrief/3501-French-Plastics-Workers .

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Workers at the Lucy power station in the Bourgogne region began strike action on 21 October in pr... [more]

Workers at the Lucy power station in the Bourgogne region began strike action on 21 October in protest at company plans for the closure of a part of the site and further restructuring. The coal-fired plant is owned by the SNET company which was recently taken over by German energy multinational EON. The FNME-CGT union argues that the company has failed to abide by agreements about maintaining the site, has plans for further jobs cuts after closing one part of the site in 2013, and has failed to negotiate a proper mobility agreement.
English: http://www.epsu.org/cob/327;
French: http://www.cgtsnet.fr/news.html

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Six unions and union confederations have again agreed to co-ordinate their campaigning and mobili... [more]

Six unions and union confederations have again agreed to co-ordinate their campaigning and mobilise for 7 October to maintain their protests against government policy and in support of pay as well as proper collective bargaining in the public sector. The CGT, CFDT, CFE-CGC, FSU, UNSA and Solidaires are backing the action which will coincide with the World Day for Decent Work which is again being co-ordinated by the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC).
English: http://www.epsu.org/cob/323; French: http://www.spterritoriaux.cgt.fr/spip.php?article3401

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FNME-CGT, the CGT-affiliated union for mining and energy, has criticised the EDF energy company a... [more]

FNME-CGT, the CGT-affiliated union for mining and energy, has criticised the EDF energy company and its eRDF subsidiary for failing to support workers who were dismissed when a meter-reading was awarded to a new company. The new contractor also refused to abide by an employment tribunal decision that the workers should be reinstated. The union accused EDF of failing to comply with its own social responsibility code on sub-contractors and undermining its own claims to be supporting employment during the crisis.
English: http://www.epsu.org/cob/319;
French: http://www.fnme-cgt.fr/pages/communique.php?id=29

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The Federation Chimie Energie CFDT (FCE-CFDT) has pledged full support for the national framework... [more]

The Federation Chimie Energie CFDT (FCE-CFDT) has pledged full support for the national framework agreement, reached between the Union des Industries Chimiques (UIC) and the Ministry of Economy, Industry, and Employment. The agreement outlines the responsibilities of companies facing difficulties during the current economic and financial crisis. Companies are encouraged to expand training programs for employees, to avoid redundancies, and to develop skills. The French state has made a commitment of Euro 8.5 million for the implementation of the programmes outlined in the agreement, until December 2011. The FCE-CFDT will ensure, in particular, that this training development plan will benefit the most vulnerable workers and the companies truly facing serious financial difficulties.
English: http://www.icem.org/en/78-ICEM-InBrief/3353-French-Chemical-Workers.

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The CGT public services federation is hopeful that draft legislation that would undermine employm... [more]

The CGT public services federation is hopeful that draft legislation that would undermine employment rights in local and regional government will be defeated, also as a result of the union campaign. The proposal was introduced with a view to relaxing the rules on recruitment of workers to local and regional government. The union warned that the draft legislation would effectively mean the end to the statutory regulations that cover employees in the sector. Not only the Association of Mayors but also the Minister of the Interior have rejected the proposals and indicated their support for the maintenance of the statutory regulations.
English: http://www.epsu.org/cob/315#a5519;
French: http://www.spterritoriaux.cgt.fr/spip.php?article3319

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