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Workers at the Uljanik shipyard had announced they would go on strike because of unpaid salaries.... [more]

Workers at the Uljanik shipyard had announced they would go on strike because of unpaid salaries. With the loan issue cleared, after the European Commission agreed with rescue aid for the shipbuilder in the form of the grant of a state guarantee, they were expected to call off the strike, but when the union leaders met they voted to put a 48-hour hold on the strike. The day after the atmosphere in the dock went back to normal, as the management promised to pay the unpaid December salary and Christmas bonuses.

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SIPTU trade union members employed by Applus National Car Testing (NCT) service have formally acc... [more]

SIPTU trade union members employed by Applus National Car Testing (NCT) service have formally accepted a Labour Court recommendation in relation to pay and conditions which includes permanency for workers currently on fixed terms contracts. The recommendation includes a 2% pay rise backdated to 1st April 2017, a further 2% pay rise on 1st April 2018 and a 2.5% pay rise on 1st April 2019. SIPTU members will also receive a 500 euro voucher to cover the period from July 2016 to March 2017.

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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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The European Committee of Social Rights (ECSR) published its 2017 conclusions in respect of 33 st... [more]

The European Committee of Social Rights (ECSR) published its 2017 conclusions in respect of 33 states parties (European Social Charter (1961) and the revised European Social Charter (1996)) showing 175 violations (36%), 228 situations of conformity (47%) and 83 cases (17%) where the Committee was unable to assess the situation due to lack of information, known as ‘deferrals’. The Committee concluded that, in many countries in Europe, poverty level is far too high and the measures taken to remedy this fundamental problem are insufficient. In particular, in many states the social security benefits (notably in respect of unemployment and old age) are well below the poverty level, even when taking into account social assistance, which remains too low. The conclusions adopted by the ECSR in the framework of its reporting system can be consulted using the European Social Charter HUDOC Database.

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Bike drivers at Deliveroo Cologne have planned to go for the installation of a works council. The... [more]

Bike drivers at Deliveroo Cologne have planned to go for the installation of a works council. The workers are fed up with the fact that their interests are not taken seriously. The riders are assisted by the food and hospitality workers trade union NGG. The union says that the pay and the working conditions qualify the sector as a very precarious industry. The hope is that through the mandatory co-decision rights that a works council can derive from the legislation a more balanced dialogue with negotiations can be initiated.

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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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The complete outcomes of the European Quality of Life Survey (EQLS), a tool established by Eurofo... [more]

The complete outcomes of the European Quality of Life Survey (EQLS), a tool established by Eurofound for monitoring and analysing quality of life in the EU, are now online. The overview report presents the findings for the EU Member States. It uses information from previous survey rounds, as well as other research, to look at trends in quality of life against a background of the changing social and economic profile of European societies. Ten years after the global economic crisis, it examines well-being and quality of life broadly, to include quality of society and public services. The findings indicate that differences between countries on many aspects are still prevalent – but with more nuanced narratives. Each Member State exhibits certain strengths in particular aspects of well-being, but multiple disadvantages are still more pronounced in some societies than in others; and in all countries significant social inequalities persist.

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In order to comply with the rules, employers have to pay several social security contributions an... [more]

In order to comply with the rules, employers have to pay several social security contributions and parts of the sickness and care provisions. In some of these regulations, a threshold is applied that can be defined in working hours and/or earnings. With the aim to inform employers and to guarantee workers the right payment, the government has updated a manual that details all changes entering into force on 1 January 2018. The manual was first produced in 2016.

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The management of Fiat Chrysler Automobili (FCA) and the independent trade union signed a 3-year-... [more]

The management of Fiat Chrysler Automobili (FCA) and the independent trade union signed a 3-year-collective agreement during Christmas holidays. Fiat’s workers at the Kragujevac plant are satisfied with the fact that the agreement has been concluded, taking it as a sign that Fiat has no intention of leaving Kragujevac in autumn once its old agreement with the government expires. Workers who do work at night will get an increase of 6 dinars per hour or 50 dinars per working day. According to the Labour Law, working in night shifts is paid at least 26% more, while the collective agreement with Fiat stipulates 30%. However, not many workers will benefit from it because the third shift at Fiat has been abolished a while ago.

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The metalworkers trade unions FIOM-CGIL, FIM-CISL and UILM-UIL organised a rally and one-hour str... [more]

The metalworkers trade unions FIOM-CGIL, FIM-CISL and UILM-UIL organised a rally and one-hour strike across the Lombardy region to attract public attention to the problem of poor health and safety at work, following four recent tragic fatalities at Lamina spa in Rho, Milan and Elettronica LG in Rovato, Brescia. The unions criticised the lack of compliance by companies with procedures and safety rules. The recalled that too often these dramas show the inadequacy of the prevention systems and measures necessary to ensure the safety and security of workers. Too often working conditions are being put in second place underestimating the necessity of prevention, training and interventions to raise awareness of the topic and securing of workplaces are held back by cost, and no investment is done in people and their future.

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