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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 ILO published a report with a forecast on employment trends. Chapter 2 on Europe comes up wit... [more]

The ILO published a report with a forecast on employment trends. Chapter 2 on Europe comes up with several graphs and statistics. The business cycle has been closely synchronised across European countries, with the majority of economies expected to see slightly slower GDP growth in 2018, after a strong rebound in 2017. The unemployment rate is projected to have dropped from 9.2% in 2016 to 8.5% in 2017, the lowest rate since 2008. But, while employment has been expanding since 2015, wage growth remains subdued, constraining further improvement in aggregate demand and, in turn, in the labour market.

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Workers of the a Embraco plant based in Spišská Nová Ves announced they would go on strike. The c... [more]

Workers of the a Embraco plant based in Spišská Nová Ves announced they would go on strike. The chairman of the KOVO trade union said that they had to declare this action because of the failure to agree on wage conditions for 2018 with the employer. However, the collective bargaining at the factory, which makes refrigeration compressors and condensing units, was reopened and could be finalised. The agreement provides the staff of the manufacturer with an 11% wage growth including bonuses in 2018 and with 6% in 2019. The plant employs about 2,300 people whose average gross wage was €964 in 2017.

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The national Ombudsman and the leaders of trade unions CITUB and Podkrepa submitted to Parliament... [more]

The national Ombudsman and the leaders of trade unions CITUB and Podkrepa submitted to Parliament a proposal for amendments to the Labour Code that would repeal the employer's right to pay only 60% of the salary earned or limit this right to certain circumstances and times of the year. The legislative proposal provides for the repeal of Article 245 of the Labour Code or its change in order for the employer to be entitled to pay incomplete wages for only one month of the year or in certain circumstances to be declared to the General Labour Inspectorate.

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The industrial action by increasingly angry prison staff entered a second week. The prison office... [more]

The industrial action by increasingly angry prison staff entered a second week. The prison officers have blockaded dozens of jails after renewed attacks by inmates increased fears for wardens’ safety. A spokesman for the Ufap-Unsa trade union, which represents the majority of prison staff, said violence against warders was a ‘daily thing’. Earlier on, union officials rejected an offer to reinforce prison security with 1,100 new jobs, the setting up of special detention units for violent prisoners over the next four years and the reinforcing of prison security teams.

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NGO Oxfam’s report, Reward Work, Not Wealth, shows that the gap between rich and poor is far grea... [more]

NGO Oxfam’s report, Reward Work, Not Wealth, shows that the gap between rich and poor is far greater than had been feared. The report details how big business and the super-rich are fuelling the inequality crisis by dodging taxes, driving down wages and using their power to influence politics. In its annual report on wealth inequality, the UK-based poverty and disaster relief charity said a booming global economy had allowed a small elite group of rich families to grab 82 percent of the new wealth created in 2017, while the poorest 50 percent saw no increase in their prosperity.

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Data from temporary agency Randstad reveal that 40% of permanent contracts in the country began a... [more]

Data from temporary agency Randstad reveal that 40% of permanent contracts in the country began as a temporary contract. The data showed for 2017 that there were 686,445 conversions of temporary contracts into permanent contracts, representing an increase of 17.9% from last year. This is the highest figure in the past eight years. Temporary contracts converted into permanent contracts have increased in all age groups. Those over 45 years of age saw the biggest increase in conversions compared to 2016 (23.8%).

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TAP Portugal cabin crew trade union SNPVAC, the National Union of Flight Personnel Civil Aviation... [more]

TAP Portugal cabin crew trade union SNPVAC, the National Union of Flight Personnel Civil Aviation, has called for strike action the weekend before Carnival starts (8, 9 and 10th February 2017). The management has stated that the strike is illegal and wants judges to decide. Previously TAP has cut back flights but merged passengers into larger rented jets with rented crews. The union also threatens strike action in March. The basis of the protest is the discriminatory treatment that the Government imposes on cabin crew workers and the deteriorating cabin crew working conditions.

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Unions at peat briquette production company Bord na Móna have reached agreement on the terms of r... [more]

Unions at peat briquette production company Bord na Móna have reached agreement on the terms of redundancy for up to 70 workers at the firm's peat briquette plant in Tipperary, following months of negotiations. The plant was closed down by the company in May 2017 - blaming a decline in briquette sales and global issues and talks between the company and the unions have been underway since. The semi-state company is, after more than eight decades of peat production, very much in a state of ‘transition and transformation’. The proposed redundancy terms include six weeks’ pay per year of service inclusive of statutory entitlements, plus allowances, a 500 euro voucher and other benefits. Redeployment options have been agreed with a one year settling in period.

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Ryanair pilots have threatened to take legal action against the airline over their employment rig... [more]

Ryanair pilots have threatened to take legal action against the airline over their employment rights under Spanish law if they do not receive certain assurances. The pilot trade union SEPLA has written to Ryanair accusing management of failing to negotiate in good faith since formally recognising unions before Christmas. SEPLA warns that if a meeting is not held by end January 2018 to regularise the rights of Ryanair pilots in accordance with the country’s regulations, it will proceed to initiate all legal actions that the labour law grants in defence of legitimate workers’ rights. SEPLA is surprised and disappointed at documentation received from management, which continues to link payment of a 20% pay rise to conditions which pilots find unacceptable.

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