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International Women’s Day saw multiple strike actions and more than 500 street demonstrations thr... [more]

International Women’s Day saw multiple strike actions and more than 500 street demonstrations throughout the country. The strike and many of the demonstrations were organized by the Comisión 8M (March 8 Commission), made up of feminist assemblies scattered throughout the country. The strike conditions were debated by around 500 groups in the northern city of Gijón in October of last 2018. This the second year in a row the country has massive protests on women’s day that call for gender equality and to rally against ongoing discrimination of women. Last year more than 5 million people joined in a national strike on women’s day (see our March 2018 newsletter).

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The Ledernes Hovedorganisation, a trade union for executives and managers, has proposed an obliga... [more]

The Ledernes Hovedorganisation, a trade union for executives and managers, has proposed an obligatory four-month paternity leave to improve the position of women on the labour market. With the forced 16 weeks paternity leave for fathers, women would only get 30 weeks of publicly financed maternity leave. According to the union, the current situation has a negative effect on the career chances of women. If women are to have a chance of reaching the top, the care for children should be more equally divided between fathers and mothers. Whilst social and health care workers are in favour of the Ledernes Hovedorganisations proposal on obligatory paternity leave, the employers’ organisation is against earmarked paternity leave.

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Government has stated that after the Brexit the standards of workers’ rights will not deteriorate... [more]

Government has stated that after the Brexit the standards of workers’ rights will not deteriorate from as they currently are under EU laws. In order to ensure this any new legislation changing those laws will be assessed as to whether they uphold this commitment. Furthermore parliament is to consider any future changes in the EU law that strengthen workers’ rights or workplace health and safety standards, and vote on whether they should be adopted into UK law. Proposals for a single labour market enforcement body will be brought forward in the coming months. The trade union movement is sceptical about these promises. According to the general secretary of the TUC government’s proposals come nowhere close to ensuring existing rights are protected. And they won’t stop workers’ rights in the UK from falling behind those in the rest of Europe.

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For the first time in its 47-year history the Swedish Dockworkers' Union was able to establish a ... [more]

For the first time in its 47-year history the Swedish Dockworkers' Union was able to establish a national collective agreement for dockworkers across the country. The union was fighting for a collective agreement since 2016 and held several strike actions (see our January newsletter). A strike action planned for this month, that would have had a huge impact on European food import and export was called off because of the new collective agreement that is linked to collective agreement of transport workers.

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The chamber of commerce wants pay to be more performance based and recently proposed to link wage... [more]

The chamber of commerce wants pay to be more performance based and recently proposed to link wage growth to productivity. With the proposal average gross wages would increase by nearly a quarter in 2025. The country’s biggest trade union ZZP is optimistic about the plans but other trade unions have some reservations.

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According to the countries’ largest trade union federation CGTP proposes to raise the minimum wag... [more]

According to the countries’ largest trade union federation CGTP proposes to raise the minimum wage to 650 euro a month. According to the union raising minimum wages has a stronger impact in the battle to reduce gender equality than guaranteeing a higher percentage of female board directors. Because 27% of women were on the minimum national wage compared to 17% of men, according to CGTP figures inequality between men and women have been decreased by 1.6% if minimum salaries were raised to 650 euro a month.

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In an ongoing pay dispute (see our February and January newsletters) the council of the Latvian T... [more]

In an ongoing pay dispute (see our February and January newsletters) the council of the Latvian Trade Union of Education and Science Employees (LIZDA) decided to start formal procedures for strike action. The teachers were promised higher wages but when discussing the 2019 budget, the government did not support the proposal submitted by LIDZA on the allocation money for additional wages. According to government officials it is necessary to implement several important reforms in the educational system to improve the quality of education in the country before teacher’s wages can be increased. The LIDZA criticizes rhetoric regarding reforms in education which, according to the union, is merely used as a reason to not increase wages for teachers.

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Trade unions have won their fight against zero-hour contracts. Legislation came into force this m... [more]

Trade unions have won their fight against zero-hour contracts. Legislation came into force this month by which zero-hours contracts are banned in almost all circumstance. Furthermore workers now the right to compensation from their employer if they turn up for a shift but are sent home without work and they are entitled to guaranteed hours of work that reflect their normal working week. With this new legislation workers will have greater financial security and job security.

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Workers at a canning company in the south of the country claim that they are fired if they take l... [more]

Workers at a canning company in the south of the country claim that they are fired if they take longer than two minutes loo-breaks. A video has provided evidence for the accusations. Workers and their trade unions have denounced this kind of pressure and humiliation that they say is common in the industry. The canning company denies any misdoing and instead claims that the video is manipulated.

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Some 250 people attended the conference Inklusive Arbeitswelt versus ‘hocknstad und behindert’ – ... [more]

Some 250 people attended the conference Inklusive Arbeitswelt versus ‘hocknstad und behindert’ – Und jetzt, was können wir tun? (Inclusive workplace versus ‘umemployed and disabled’ – and now what can we do about it?). This was the 6th time the unions and Arbeiterkammer (Chamber of labour) invited confidential counsellors for the disabled to discuss recent developments. Dancers, a rapper, a traveller in a wheelchair and more showed their ability to perform despite their disabilities. Discussions and a book presentation showed that workplace inclusion can work and why it is worth the effort.

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