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Public sector workers with the lowest wages gathered in front of the Government Palace to demand ... [more]

Public sector workers with the lowest wages gathered in front of the Government Palace to demand an immediate across-the-board 8% pay rise as the necessary first step in the ongoing pay talks with the government.
English: https://english.sta.si/2400934/lowest-paid-public-sector-staff-seek-pay-rise

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In the mining company Enefit Kaevandused, an agreement was reached between the management, the mi... [more]

In the mining company Enefit Kaevandused, an agreement was reached between the management, the miners' and energy workers' independent trade union and the Narva Energy Trade Union (NETU). In another Eesti Energia subsidiary, Enefit Energiatootmise AS, NETU also signed an agreement. The collective agreement of Enefit Kaevandused is to last until 30 June 2018. Wages will be increased with 5%. Benefits will remain unchanged for the most part, however there will be slightly fewer additional days off. The collective agreement signed by Enefit Energiatootmise AS and the NETU is to expire on 31 December 2018. In this agreement, all existing benefits will remain in place and the basic wage of trade union members will increase 4% on average in addition to the increase already given at the beginning of 2017. At the start, the miners' and energy workers' independent trade union asked for a 7% wage increase. NETU managed to retain all existing benefits.
English: http://news.err.ee/603106/eesti-energia-signs-collective-agreements

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Some 9,400 teachers and school administrators will be out of work when a new school system is int... [more]

Some 9,400 teachers and school administrators will be out of work when a new school system is introduced on 1 September 2017, a unionist has claimed but the education ministry accused the union of giving 'false data'. A further 22,000 people are set to have their hours cut when the government does away with middle schools and replaces them with an earlier system of eight-year primary and four-year high school, said the head of the Teachers' Union. But the education ministry said in a statement that the changes aim to ensure that teachers keep their jobs. The planned sweeping changes have seen thousands of people take to the streets in protest since they were first floated in 2016.
English: http://www.thenews.pl/1/9/Artykul/312573,Thousands-of-teachers-to-lose-jobs

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After a settlement in principle was concluded, different interpretations of the way forward made ... [more]

After a settlement in principle was concluded, different interpretations of the way forward made it necessary to enter into fresh talks. After an extraordinary meeting of the Social Partnership Council, trade unions and the management of the Ministry concluded that salaries in the Ministry of Interior should increase in 2017. The trade unions that demand increases between 15 to 20% said that while there is a normal dialogue, there will be no protests. On the other hand, unions have clearly take a stand against too low wages.
English: http://www.novinite.com/articles/180761/Interior+Ministry+Management
http://www.novinite.com/articles/180804/Trade+Union+in+Interior+Ministry

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Crane operators have served notice of strike action in pursuit of pay rises worth up to 15%. Trad... [more]

Crane operators have served notice of strike action in pursuit of pay rises worth up to 15%. Trade union Unite, which represents over 90% of the crane operators, is planning a series of strikes in the next few weeks. The claim for a pay rise comes as the construction industry has rebounded in the last few years after collapsing when the property bubble burst. The union said construction growth has hit a 15-month high and activity in the sector has risen in each of the last 45 months. Unite said around 77% of its members turned out to ballot, with over 90% voting for industrial action.
English: http://www.independent.ie/irish-news/news/crane-strike-threat-looms

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The education trade unions have organised a strike that came under strong pressure. A court decre... [more]

The education trade unions have organised a strike that came under strong pressure. A court decreed that minimum services had to be delivered on the day of the teachers’ strikes that coincided with school exam. The unions are demanding an elimination of precariousness of educational and non-educational staff, a defreeze of the career progression, the establishment of a retirement scheme and a harmonisation of working time. The unions also want to be involved in future education and training policy reforms.
English: http://www.theportugalnews.com/news/school-exams-to-go-ahead-despite
https://www.csee-etuce.org/en/news/archive/2082-portugal-education-trade-unions

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The social partners in construction made a joint effort to lobby in Brussels against wage dumping... [more]

The social partners in construction made a joint effort to lobby in Brussels against wage dumping. Trade union GBH and the employers’ organisation had several talks with representatives from EU institutions. The partners informed the EU representatives about a research outcome, titled ‘Wage and social dumping in construction’, prepared by the Graz University. This study reveals that workers from neighbouring countries can work 30% cheaper, because of the circumvention of social security and other mandatory payments.
German: http://www.oegb-eu.at/servlet
The report (summary in German): http://www.oegb-eu.at/servlet/Blob

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The collective agreement for employees of an individual employer (formerly known as domestic empl... [more]

The collective agreement for employees of an individual employer (formerly known as domestic employees) dates back to 1999 and covers approximately 1.3 million employees, most of whom are part-time workers. There are around 320,000 maternal assistants for which the CFDT signed a national collective agreement ten years ago. Despite this collective agreement, employers often violate the labour code by imposing long work hours on and breaching contracts with maternal employees. The CFDT has been actively working in national negotiations to ensure that these maternal assistants are recognised and treated like all other employees. An activist for the defence of domestic workers' rights presented her experiences in a book.
English: https://www.opendemocracy.net/beyondslavery/dws/zita-cabais-obra

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A call for strike of some of the transport trade unions affected flights, trains, buses and metro... [more]

A call for strike of some of the transport trade unions affected flights, trains, buses and metro services. The strike caused serious disruptions. The unions wanted to protest against further privatisation and liberalisation of the transport sector. Other demands were the renewal of the collective agreements with real pay increases and reduction of working time.
English: http://www.gazzettadelsud.it/news/english/248832/strikes-plunge-italy
http://www.euronews.com/2017/06/16/transport-strike-brings-black-friday
https://www.thelocal.it/20170615/italy-gears-up-for-a-day-of-transport-strikes

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Port docker trade unions have called fresh strikes stretching into July in protest at reforms in ... [more]

Port docker trade unions have called fresh strikes stretching into July in protest at reforms in the sector, adding to several days of stoppages that have dented trade revenue in the country. The port terminals have already been hit by major disruptions as container shipping companies re-routed their cargos to avoid strikes in the country, opting for Portugal, Malta or Morocco instead. Dockers are angry over reform of port labour practices passed by the lawmakers in mid-May, which aimed to crack down on closed-shop hiring in a heavily unionised sector. Subsequent negotiations over how to implement the new rules between employers and workers broke down in a dispute over how to safeguard 6,000 jobs. The strikes had so far caused losses of 110 million euro to the economy, according to a statement by the public works ministry.
English: https://www.reuters.com/article/spain-ports
https://www.thelocal.es/20170614/spains-dockers-up-fight-for-jobs-with-two-day-strike

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