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Almost 7,000 health and social care workers in bodies funded by the Department of Health have vot... [more]

Almost 7,000 health and social care workers in bodies funded by the Department of Health have voted overwhelmingly to take strike action over the failure to restore their pay cuts in line with public servants. The health workers are contracted through bodies known as Section 39 organisations, funded by the Department of Health, but workers are not deemed to be public servants. SIPTU said that that 97% of staff balloted had backed strike action, which will begin with a one-day stoppage on 14 February. The turnout was 85%. The dispute centres on around 12,000 workers in, of whom SIPTU represents around 7,000.

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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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Prison officers from the prisons and remand centres from across the country staged a protest on 2... [more]

Prison officers from the prisons and remand centres from across the country staged a protest on 29 January 2018 in demand of higher wages and better working conditions. They were backed by a statement from their colleagues from the Court Guard unit, and several interior ministry officers who were off duty and joined the protest. A spokesperson from the trade union of the prison staff explained that the demands of the workers remain unchanged: 20% pay rise and equalising the remunerations with the size of the remuneration of their colleagues from the interior ministry, the State Agency for National Security and ministry of defence. Other demands include improvement of the working conditions and appointment of more staff to fill in the vacancies and new positions to be added to the staff complement.

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Trade union IG Metall is working on a successful series of collective agreements in the woodworki... [more]

Trade union IG Metall is working on a successful series of collective agreements in the woodworking (and plastics) industries. One of the first state were an agreement could be reached was the state of Baden-Wurttemberg. The agreement included a 4% wage increase as of 1 May 2018. In the first 4 months of 2018, workers will receive nominal 150 euro each month. In the new deal, youngsters participating in vocational training will receive monthly an extra 50 euro. The agreement will expire on 30 September 2019. Shortly after the union came to similar results in

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The IG Metall metalworkers' trade union announced that it will intensify its campaign for better ... [more]

The IG Metall metalworkers' trade union announced that it will intensify its campaign for better pay and conditions, threatening 24-hour ‘warning strikes’ after talks with employers’ representatives fell apart. Production by the country's crucial metal and electrical engineering industries may be affected in the coming weeks by the walkouts after the latest round of negotiations ended without a deal. The main sticking point remains the demands for workers to have the option of a 28-hour week, with employers making up some compensation of the salary loss.

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Deliveroo workers in five cities (and in Amsterdam – the Netherlands) started a strike, after Del... [more]

Deliveroo workers in five cities (and in Amsterdam – the Netherlands) started a strike, after Deliveroo refused to delay its decision to treat all workers as self-employed from 1 February 2018. The strike was being led by a collective representing about 200 couriers. Shortly after, talks were announced in a trade union press statement. The workers said that the multinational cannot simply impose precarious employment status upon its workers solely under the pretext of its operating via the internet, and by taking an aloof attitude to the issue.

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The French group Carrefour has announced a restructuring resulting in a cutting of jobs for 1.233... [more]

The French group Carrefour has announced a restructuring resulting in a cutting of jobs for 1.233 people in Belgium and 2.400 in France and at their international headquarters. The group called the transformation plan ‘Carrefour 2022’ and said to understand the impact these cuts will have on the lives of their employees. Carrefour stated that they would do their utmost to limit the societal consequences. Carrefour Belgium wants to reassess its 44 integrated hypermarkets’ efficiency: three will be turned into a supermarket formula (Westerlo, Bruges Sint-Kruis and Haine-Saint-Pierre). The restructuring plan will contain two store closures (hypermarkets in Genk and Angleur) and job cuts at the main office in Evere. The workers reacted with strike action against the company’s restructuring plan. The trade unions were not calling for a strike, but they support the action as a signal to the management.

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A metal worker strike of some 130,000 workers at 179 workplaces across the sector, including all ... [more]

A metal worker strike of some 130,000 workers at 179 workplaces across the sector, including all major multinational companies, scheduled to begin on 2 February 2018, was banned by the government on the grounds of being ‘prejudicial to national security’. The strike was announced as a result of the dispute over the failed sectoral-level negotiations between the three unions representing metal workers and the Metal Industry Employers’ Association, MESS. The strike was banned by government decree, announced in the Official Gazette on 26 January 2018 after being signed by the President, Prime Minister and all cabinet ministers on 24 January. The decree specifies the 179 workplaces where strike action is banned, including sites owned by multinationals such as ThyssenKrupp, Bosch, Ford, Mercedes Benz, Renault and Siemens.

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One quarter of all workers feel stressed and exhausted at work, leading to more serious health pr... [more]

One quarter of all workers feel stressed and exhausted at work, leading to more serious health problems and lower productivity, a survey has found. The ‘Job Stress Index’, carried out by Health Promotion Switzerland together with the University of Bern and the Zurich University of Applied Sciences, showed stress levels at work rising from 24.8% in 2014 to 25.4% in 2016. The authors conclude that one quarter of staff were in a ‘critical’ situation, while stress problems were ‘significant’ for half of those interviewed. A better balance between incentives (pay, career perspectives, job security and positive evaluations) and significant job efforts can contribute to less stress, although compensation in pay is a limited remedy.

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A strategic review of Nordea's Private Banking International activities as part of the company's ... [more]

A strategic review of Nordea's Private Banking International activities as part of the company's transformation led to the decision to concentrate Nordea's private banking activities on the Nordics. Following an announced takeover by UBS of its activities, the consequences for workers at Nordea's private banking unit become clear. Around 200 jobs are at risk at Nordea. Workers have been told 50% or more of the bank's 350 employees face redundancy, as only around 150 workers will be transferred to UBS. The banking and insurance trade union within the OGBL trade union confederation has requested an interview with bank officials to discuss the situation and preserve as many jobs as possible.

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