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Trade unionists from several larger automotive plants have decided to join forces. The unionists ... [more]

Trade unionists from several larger automotive plants have decided to join forces. The unionists from the KOVO trade unions organisation operating in automotive companies agreed to proceed jointly in collective bargaining. Representatives of basic organisations in the PSA Groupe in Trnava, Kia Motors Slovakia in Teplička nad Váhom near Žilina, and Volkswagen Slovakia in Bratislava signed a memorandum of mutual cooperation and promotion on 25 January 2018. They plan to invite other basic organisations in automotive factories all over the country to form closer cooperation of their unions. The unionists plan to cooperate not only on the issue of higher wages and surcharges for night shifts but also with regard to the growing demand for skilled labourers and the current shortage, high employee turnover, and the issue of foreign employees.

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The report, Thriving, Striving, or just about Surviving?, published by the Royal Society for the ... [more]

The report, Thriving, Striving, or just about Surviving?, published by the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA), describes in seven portraits how workers are faring both in terms of their experiences of economic security and the quality of work. Employment may have reached a record high in 2017, but workers aren’t necessarily more secure. Wider economic trends suggest that workers are worse off as real wages fall, income inequality persists and in-work poverty rises. Growth forecasts have been revised down, and productivity remains low. The pay of black and minority ethnic workers and women still lags behind that of their white, male counterparts. Many of the jobs that have been created are atypical in nature, meaning that workers have been shifting from full-time, permanent employment to zero-hour or temporary contracts, or are increasingly taking up self-employment or gig work.

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Trade unions vida announced that a collective agreement is within reach at Eurowings Europe. The ... [more]

Trade unions vida announced that a collective agreement is within reach at Eurowings Europe. The union expects to conclude the agreement early February. It would bring better pay and an improvement of the working conditions. The union also thinks that the result will be important for workers that are coming over from the insolvent NIKI company. In a press statement, the union’s negotiator said that the main aim for the future is a national sectoral collective agreement for all workers that work as crew members in the country.

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In a summarising blog, published by Eurofound, it is said that the growth in average (nominal) pa... [more]

In a summarising blog, published by Eurofound, it is said that the growth in average (nominal) pay of employees has accelerated in recent years in EU countries after the slump following the economic crisis. Similar developments show up in data on collectively agreed wages. However, higher wage growth figures do not automatically mean that all employees benefit equally. The data illustrate the vast differences across Europe of the minimum wage rates and an included graph shows the nominal growth in statutory minimum wages. At EU-level, the discussion about the necessity of a minimum wage intensified in 2017. A second blog looks after the income inequalities and disparities in Europe. EU-wide income inequality declined notably prior to 2008, driven by a strong process of income convergence. The Great Recession broke this trend. After 2008, income convergence has been sluggish, while inequality within many countries increased significantly.

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Alitalia entered into bankruptcy proceedings in May 2017 after workers rejected a deal brokered b... [more]

Alitalia entered into bankruptcy proceedings in May 2017 after workers rejected a deal brokered by unions and management that would have seen job and pay cuts. Alitalia is currently losing up to a monthly 100 million euro and is continuing to operate thanks to a government bridging loan. Meanwhile, administrators are accepting bids to take over the business from around 20 airlines, including from low-cost airlines such as Ryanair and EasyJet, whose emergence has presented such a challenge to national airlines. The government has stated that the airline will continue to operate, although state aid restrictions will make it difficult to continue state support, and nationalisation has been ruled out.

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Unions at the Republic’s biggest car maker, Škoda Auto, are demanding a pay rise of 18 percent. T... [more]

Unions at the Republic’s biggest car maker, Škoda Auto, are demanding a pay rise of 18 percent. They have asked for a 14 percent increase in the basic wage and a further 4 percent rise related to personal evaluations. Unions are also seeking to repeat last year’s practice where two special one-off payments totalling around 90,000 crowns. The monthly average wage for an automotive worker in 2017 was around 40,000 crowns (1580 euro). A new deal should be in place by 1 April 2018 to cover the following 12 months.

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Baggage handlers that work for Aviapartners at Zaventem Airport, near Brussels have down tools. A... [more]

Baggage handlers that work for Aviapartners at Zaventem Airport, near Brussels have down tools. Aviapartners provides baggage handling services and other services to a number of airlines that operate from the country’s busiest airport. The strike action has come about as a result of pressure of issues, like work stress, felt among the baggage handling staff. There are also staff shortages and issues with the management not having honoured previous agreements made with the unions.

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More than 10,000 public service workers including customs officers, nurses, social workers and un... [more]

More than 10,000 public service workers including customs officers, nurses, social workers and university professors started a one-day strike on 24 January 2018 to demand higher wages. The unions complain that, although this is the fifth year of economic growth, some wage restrictions imposed in 2012 have not been lifted yet. The unions stated that it is time to scrap all restrictions and increase wages. The demand is that public sector wages should rise by 16 to 20 percent over a period of time due to be determined in negotiations with the government.

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Workers at the CTT postal services have scheduled a nationwide strike and demonstration for 23 Fe... [more]

Workers at the CTT postal services have scheduled a nationwide strike and demonstration for 23 February, against job cuts and post office closures that are part of a restructuring plan. CTT is to close 22 of its branches as part of the plan. At least four branches are due to close in Lisbon, three in Porto, and one in the Algarve. Reports suggest employees were informed of the shake-up via an internal communiqué, and many claim they were caught unawares by the move. The original restructuring plan initially put to employees reportedly states ‘shops with poor demand’ would be closed down, although workers claim the intention to close 22 branches nationwide was not specified. The head of the CTT workers’ committee, said that they were told that there was no intention of making any significant changes to the network. The CTT has refused to address any possible lay-offs, allegedly telling its committee that affected workers will be transferred to other places where there is a shortage of employees.

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Several Ryanair pilots' unions have demanded a joint meeting with management, saying individual t... [more]

Several Ryanair pilots' unions have demanded a joint meeting with management, saying individual talks on a new collective bargaining system were not satisfactory. In a letter sent by the European Cockpit Association and signed by 11 trade unions, the pilots also demand that Ryanair commit by March 1 to introduce permanent direct employment contracts in accordance with the local laws of the country where staff are based. Ryanair, in a statement, refused the idea of meeting unions collectively. In the past, the company’s practice was to deal with pilots from its 87 bases separately.

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