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The social partners in hospitality negotiate every year about the modification of the minimum wag... [more]

The social partners in hospitality negotiate every year about the modification of the minimum wage. This year, the employers blocked proposals to increase the minimum wage. The unions as for arbitration and, as a result, minimum wages will go up with 0.5%, starting 1 April 2018 for ordinary workers and, at the latest, 1 May 2018 for seasonal workers. The monthly minimum wage for unskilled workers is at least 3,435 Swiss Francs (2,919 euro). The joint sectoral committee has published leaflets in different languages.

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Over one thousand Madrid based Amazon workers went on strike with a two-day walkout demanding bet... [more]

Over one thousand Madrid based Amazon workers went on strike with a two-day walkout demanding better pay and conditions. It was the country’s first ever strike at Amazon. Unions claim that Amazon deliberately blocks salary increases, cuts wages and reduces payments for those working weekends or holidays as part of a new contract agreement. In a statement Amazon Spain claims that the salaries they pay are, in contrary, on the high end. According to unions UGT and CCOO the strike has been a success with 98% of workers observing the work stoppage.

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Following a meeting between the minister and the trade union of prison workers, the government an... [more]

Following a meeting between the minister and the trade union of prison workers, the government announced that it will increase the wages of prison staff. The government is to provide 7.66 million euro for increases to the salaries of prison workers. The deal was made after weeks of protest and a ‘Europe for us too’ petition, gathering signatures. In reaction to the government’s decision to increase the wages the trade union decided to suspend the protest activities.

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Workers at Kerry Foods were planning to go on strike over a redundancy dispute. Kerry Foods wants... [more]

Workers at Kerry Foods were planning to go on strike over a redundancy dispute. Kerry Foods wants to cut 31 jobs at a plant in Carrickmacross to reduce costs. The over 300 SIPTU union members at the Kerry Food plant reacted by declaring that they would conduct three 24-hour work stoppages. The scheduled strikes were first postponed and now both parties seem to have reached a resolution. The majority of the redundancies will now be taken up by staff at the plant who wish to retire.

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As reported in our February newsletter unions and management of the country’s biggest car maker, ... [more]

As reported in our February newsletter unions and management of the country’s biggest car maker, Škoda Auto, have been bargaining on wages since the start of 2018. After unsuccessful rounds of negotiations and unions threatening with industrial action Škoda has now proposed an 8.3% hike in wage tariffs from April. Besides the demand for higher wages there is also a dispute around a new shift system aimed at raising production, which is opposed by unions. Negotiations will continue till the end of March. Earlier on, union officials stated that they could call a strike in May if no deal is agreed.

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Multiple threats with strike once more at the Cyprus Cooperative Bank. In the beginning of March ... [more]

Multiple threats with strike once more at the Cyprus Cooperative Bank. In the beginning of March there was a dispute over the banks recent sacking of a number of employees. In a ballot, the members of the bank workers’ union Etyk authorised the trade union to take action if necessary. Later in the month, the union threatened with a strike because the union was not informed of the banks plans to seek investors. The union accuses the bank of lacking transparency.

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Eight years after their last meaningful pay rise, over one million nurses, paramedics, emergency ... [more]

Eight years after their last meaningful pay rise, over one million nurses, paramedics, emergency call handlers, hospital porters, scientist and other workers have been offered salary increases of 6.5% to 29% over the next three years, starting as soon as July 2018. If the workers back the deal in forthcoming ballots organised by the 14 unions by which they are represented, all workers receive at least a 6.5% salary increase. The unions will consult members for their views until the end of May and announce the outcome of that by 8 June. If the unions agree then staff will start to receive their rise in July, backdated to April 2018.

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For non-Swedes, the functioning of the labour market can seem positively baffling. This article p... [more]

For non-Swedes, the functioning of the labour market can seem positively baffling. This article provides a clear introduction to the ‘Swedish model’ including the position of collective bargaining and trade unions. Based on the division of responsibilities between the state and trade unions, the two work in tandem to guarantee good working conditions and fair treatment of every worker. The autonomy of the social partners to negotiate about wages and working conditions is a key feature of the model.

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Public service trade union Ver.di, which represents 2.3 million public employees, is demanding a ... [more]

Public service trade union Ver.di, which represents 2.3 million public employees, is demanding a 6% pay raise for public service workers from state and local governments, with a minimum increase of 200 euro per month. Because after two rounds of talks there still hasn’t been made an offer the union announced nationwide warning strikes to put further pressure on the negotiations that will continue in April 2018. Strikes are to hit public transport, rubbish collection, kindergartens and hospitals.

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Think-tank Social Justice Ireland stated that the number of working poor has risen since the coun... [more]

Think-tank Social Justice Ireland stated that the number of working poor has risen since the country came out of recession. Around one in seven people in poverty do work but have insecure jobs with low rates of pay which means they can’t make a living wage. According to the think-tank’s report, responsibility lays with employers and the Government for failing to eradicate low pay and precarious employment contracts.

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