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The Central Organisation of Finnish Trade Unions (SAK) wants a collective wage increase goal for ... [more]

The Central Organisation of Finnish Trade Unions (SAK) wants a collective wage increase goal for all employees. SAK chairman Lauri Lyly's proposal opposes the position of the EK employers' federation (Confederation of Finnish Industries) to have a collective wage increase ceiling of maximum 1%. According to Lyly, the confederations SAK, the Finnish Confederation of Professionals (STTK) and the Confederation of Unions for Professional and Managerial Staff (Akava) should define a shared increase goal as to ensure purchasing power and equal wage development. STTK's chairman Mikko M„enp„„ has reacted positively on Lyly's remarks. M„enp„„ believes that unions should unify their ranks across confederation and sector divisions.
English: http://www.helsinkitimes.fi/htimes/domestic-news/general ...;
http://www.yle.fi/uutiset/news/2010/08/industry_federation_wants .;
via http://www.labourstart.org/cgi-bin/show_news.pl?country=Finland

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UNISON public services union has welcomed plans of Labour leadership candidate, Ed Miliband, to p... [more]

UNISON public services union has welcomed plans of Labour leadership candidate, Ed Miliband, to push for a living wage. Miliband has proposed that companies which agree to pay a living wage of at least UKP 7.60 (Euro 9.20) an hour would get a tax reduction. The union's Labour Link has backed the plan, pointing out that a living wage of UKP 7.60 will mean a lower bill for tax credits and benefits while raising more income tax and national insurance from employees and employers, saving UKP 4.1 billion from public funds. Miliband's proposal foresees that some of this saving could be recycled into a small tax reduction in corporation tax for companies who pay the living wage, rather than the national minimum wage of UKP 5.83 (Euro 7.05) an hour. "UNISON has been making the case for the living wage for 20 years and one advantage has been that it tackles poverty, reduces social expenditure and increases revenues," commented UNISON Labour Link chair Steve Warwick.
English: http://www.unison.org.uk/news/news_view.asp?did=6301

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UNISON public services union has announced to go to court to try to block the government's plans ... [more]

UNISON public services union has announced to go to court to try to block the government's plans for a radical reorganisation of the National Health Service (NHS). Consultation on plans to give general practitioners (GPs) control of UKP 80 billion (Euro 97 billion) NHS spending runs until October, but the Department of Health has already indicated the plans are non-negotiable. UNISON claims this makes the process unlawful.
English: http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2010/aug/24/unison-court-nhs-shake-up

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In meetings with Prime Minister Emile Boc and union leaders, the increase of the statutory minimu... [more]

In meetings with Prime Minister Emile Boc and union leaders, the increase of the statutory minimum wage has been discussed. The government suggested an increase from the current level -established by 1 January 2009- of RON (New Lei) 600 (Euro 141) to RON 640 (Euro 151) monthly, whereas the union movement proposed a larger increase, to RON 750 (Euro 177). The president of the National Trade Union Bloc (BNS), Dumitru Costin, said that the maintenance of the minimum wage at a low level was a masked form of maintaining tax evasion. The parties agreed to continue talks.
English: http://www.emg.rs/en/news/region/130558.html

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Unions across the public and private sector are mobilising for a national day of action on 7 Sept... [more]

Unions across the public and private sector are mobilising for a national day of action on 7 September in protest at the government Bill to raise the retirement from 60 to 62 and to other reforms in the retirement system. The National Assembly's social affairs committee voted in favour of the Bill on 22 July, enabling it to go to Plenary debate in the lower house on 7 September, and to the Senate in October. Unions are calling for the retention of the right to retire at 60 and want a minimum pension of Euro 1,600 a month. The unions in the public sector also want to see an increase in public sector pay to compensate for the loss of purchasing power over several years (See also this Collective Bargaining Newsletter Year 3 May and June 2010).
English: http://www.epsu.org/cob/374; http://www.icem.org/en/78-ICEM-InBrief ...
French: http://www.spterritoriaux.cgt.fr/spip.php?article4131

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Latvia needs to continue implementing structural long-term reforms to achieve recovery of the cou... [more]

Latvia needs to continue implementing structural long-term reforms to achieve recovery of the country's economy, declared World Bank President Robert B. Zoellick in his three-day visit to the Baltic country last week. During the visit in the Latvian city of Sigulda, Zoellick met with unemployed people participating in the so-called 100 lats (140 euros) program, formed by temporary employment provided by the Latvian government to its poorest citizens. Under a scorching sun, the World Bank president listened with interest to workers who are trying to clear areas infected with toxic and invasive plants, and he felt a little embarrassed when he asked if this is a one-day salary, as the workers explained to him that 100 lats is a monthly fee for an eight-hour working day.
English: http://www.baltictimes.com/news/articles/26786/

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The SIPTU general union has negotiated a deal to ensure that the "Croke Park" national agreement ... [more]

The SIPTU general union has negotiated a deal to ensure that the "Croke Park" national agreement provisions on outsourcing are applied to the waste sector in Dublin. The union had threatened strike action against Dun Laoghaire council because it had intended to outsource waste collection services to the private company, Panda, without any consultation. The "Croke Park" agreement makes clear that public sector employers can only outsource after full consultation with the trade unions. There will be some outsourcing but union members have also agreed a new redundancy and compensation package (See also this Collective Bargaining Newsletter Year 3 April, May and June 2010).
English: http://www.epsu.org/cob/375;
http://www.siptu.ie/PressRoom/NewsReleases/2010/Name,11822,en.html

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Healthcare assistants, domestic supervisors and reception staff, overwhelmingly women, working at... [more]

Healthcare assistants, domestic supervisors and reception staff, overwhelmingly women, working at a National Health Service Trust (St Helen's and Knowsley), have won an Employment Appeal Tribunal case on equal pay. The case, backed by UNISON, argued that the women were paid lower rates for unsocial hours working on Saturdays and Sundays when compared to men in comparable jobs. The ruling could be important for women working in other NHS Trusts where there are gender differences in unsocial hours payments.
English: http://www.epsu.org/cob/375 http://www.unison.org.uk/asppresspack/pressrelease_view.asp?id=1939

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The Kommunal municipal union has signed a new two-year agreement with the health employers' organ... [more]

The Kommunal municipal union has signed a new two-year agreement with the health employers' organisation, covering workers in the care sector and the period July 1, 2010 - August 31, 2012. The pay increases are in line with increases in other sectors, but the union says the negotiations were difficult and it had to resist employer attempts to undermine employment conditions. The pay rise will be at least SEK 490 (Euro 52) backdated from 1 July 2010 and at least SEK 480 (Euro 51) from 1 August 2011. Minimum rates for full-time workers above 19 years will be at least SEK 15,685 (Euro 1,663) from 1 July 2010 and SEK 16,070 (Euro 1,703) from 1 August 2011, while workers with vocational education and a year of continuous employment in the profession after graduation will be on a minimum of SEK 17,385 (Euro 1,843) from 1 July 2010 and SEK 17,770 (Euro 1,884) from 1 August 2011.
English: http://www.epsu.org/cob/375
Swedish: http://www.kommunal.se/Kommunal/press/Pressmeddelanden ...

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The SGB/USS trade union confederation has expressed its solidarity with the cleaners on strike ag... [more]

The SGB/USS trade union confederation has expressed its solidarity with the cleaners on strike against the ISS multinational that operates at Geneva airport. The company has ignored two collective agreements and reduced pay rates for the cleaners. The SGB/USS has underlined the importance of the dispute and its implications for defending pay and conditions and preventing a spread of wage dumping. The organising VP™D-SSP union argues that the Geneva authorities, that own the airport, should insist on ISS to comply with the collective agreements or ban the company from operating at the airport. The cleaners have been involved for over five weeks in what VP™D-SSP president, Katharina Prelicz-Huber, has called "a strike for and by women".
English: http://www.epsu.org/cob/375; http://www.epsu.org/cob/374
French: http://www.ssp-vpod.ch/actualites/nouvelles.html;
German: http://www.vpod.ch/aktuell/nachrichten.html

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