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The Solidarity trade union has declared a state of strike readiness to signal its concern over fa... [more]

The Solidarity trade union has declared a state of strike readiness to signal its concern over fast increasing prices and the situation of Polish families, which the union says is deteriorating dramatically. One hundred union delegates from all over the country, who met in Lodz to discuss the country's social and economic situation, adopted a resolution on staging demonstrations in provincial capitals most likely in May. A nationwide protest action is to be held in Warsaw. Solidarity claims that the government is not realising its constitutional duty to protect the poorest people sufficiently well. "We will begin the European presidency on 1 July. We want to show Europe that it is not as nice in Poland as Prime Minister Tusk suggests", says the union's National Committee leader Piotr Duda.
English: http://www.thenews.pl/national/artykul151445_solidarity-trade-union-prepares ... via http://www.labourstart.org/cgi-bin/show_news.pl?country=Poland

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The 28 affiliates of the Confederation of Trade Unions of Slovakia (KOZ) have started creating an... [more]

The 28 affiliates of the Confederation of Trade Unions of Slovakia (KOZ) have started creating an offfensive answer to the efforts of the centre-right government coalition to impose draconic labour laws reforms. KOZ and its trade unions have launched a petition drive to change the eight-hour work day to one of seven and a 25-hour work week, with no reduction in salaries. The campaign already has the necessary 350,000 signatures needed to put an initiative up for vote under Slovakia's referendum law. But the unions will continue collecting signatures, in part, to galvanise support against Prime Minister Iveta Radicova's labour code revisions to cut worker protections.
English: http://www.icem.org/en/78-ICEM-InBrief/4317-Slovak-Trade-Unions .

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The Bulgarian state rail company (BDZ)ÿstrike announced for 10 and 11 March has been called off a... [more]

The Bulgarian state rail company (BDZ)ÿstrike announced for 10 and 11 March has been called off after unions and managers from BDZ and the National Railway Infrastructure Company (NRIC) signed an agreement late on 10 March. It was agreed that no redundancies will be made among the current operative staff. Also, any staff trimming would be carried out only through collective agreement, implying union consent. Additionally, any redundancies in the administration would be subject to further negotiation. Shedding 30% of the 6,000 railway staff was one of the conditions of a loan by the IMF and the European Union to the Bulgarian government. Earlier, a number of meetings between union representatives, BDZ management and government officials did not lead to a solution (See also this Collective Bargaining Newsletter Year 3 December 2010; Year 4 January and February2011).
English: http://www.sofiaecho.com/2011/03/11/1057656_bdz-train-strike ...

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Strike action scheduled to start in the construction sector on Thursday 10 March was cancelled af... [more]

Strike action scheduled to start in the construction sector on Thursday 10 March was cancelled after parties to the dispute approved a compromise proposal of the National Conciliator Essa Lonka. Part of the deal is aimed at battling the grey economy in the building trade. The deal will now go for final approval by the boards of the Finnish Construction Trade Union and the Confederation of Finnish Construction Industries RT. The agreement put forward by the National Conciliator calls for an immediate 2.55% wage rise. An overtime ban in the sector has also been called off. The Construction Trade Union had initially demanded a 3.5% wage rise, whereas the employers' first offer was 1.6%. Union leader Matti Harjuniemi told a press agency that he believes the new contract will be approved.
English: http://www.yle.fi/uutiset/news/2011/03/strike_averted_in_construction ...

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The trade union movement is taking up growing migration as a major problem and a big challenge. C... [more]

The trade union movement is taking up growing migration as a major problem and a big challenge. Currently, 30% of the workforce consists of migrants, of which large numbers have entered the island illegally; 55% of the coast line is not controlled by the legal, internationally recognised government of the Republic of Cyprus. Heavy employer exploitation of migrants is going on, and the extremely low wages of migrants drive many Cypriots into unemployment - currently up to 7% as against 3% three years ago. Moreover, uncontrolled migration may well give rise to xenophobic and in some extreme cases racist attitudes.
English: Tasos Kakoullis, union correspondent

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Despite lengthy opposition of some employers' federations, the trade unions representing workers ... [more]

Despite lengthy opposition of some employers' federations, the trade unions representing workers in the federal health sector have negotiated a "mini-agreement" that provides €50 million of extra funding for 2011. This will go towards creating 400 jobs and improving pay and conditions. The jobs will ensure that vacant posts are filled and will be targeted at parts of the sector that did not benefit from the employment measures in the 2005-2010 agreement. The extra funds will also ensure that more workers will get supplementary payments for working after 19.00 as well as going towards the second pillar pension scheme. In due course, the agreement will be integrated in the sectoral collective agreement.
English: http://www.epsu.org/cob/409
Dutch: http://www.bbtk.org/nieuws/Pages/gezondheidszorgsocialeakkoord ...
French: http://www.setca.org/News/Pages/secteurfederauxsanteminiaccordsocial ...

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The VIDA services union thinks that the equal treatment law that took effect on 1 March will help... [more]

The VIDA services union thinks that the equal treatment law that took effect on 1 March will help progress towards pay equality. The law requires employers to provide details of men's and women's pay, including various additions and allowances. The law initially applies to employers with over 1,000 employees but will be extended to smaller employers over the next three years. The equality report will be confidential within the company and either provided to the works council or, where there is no works council, to the whole workforce.
English: http://www.epsu.org/cob/409
German: http://www.vida.at/servlet/ContentServer?pagename=S03 ...

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At the occasion of the European Summit of 24/25 March focusing on economic governance in the EU, ... [more]

At the occasion of the European Summit of 24/25 March focusing on economic governance in the EU, on Tuesday 24 March trade union demonstrations and rallies took place in Brussels, as part of ETUC's European Day of Action. The Belgian union confederations, FGTB/ABVV and CSC/ACV, contributed 20,000 militants that made the trade union opposition to the European economic governance proposal which was to be examined during the Summit, clearly visible and loudly heard. Supported by their executives, members of FGTB/ABVV unions blocked the main motorways leading into the Belgian capital.
English: http://www.etuc.org/a/8505; http://www.eesc.europa.eu/?i=portal.en .
Dutch: http://www.abvv.be/web/guest/news-nl/-/article/184540/&p_l_id=10187
French: http://www.abvv.be/web/guest/news-fr/-/article/184493/&p_l_id=10624

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The FS-CCOO and FSP-UGT public service federations are continuing their fight against austerity p... [more]

The FS-CCOO and FSP-UGT public service federations are continuing their fight against austerity policies around the country. On 1 March they organized a demonstration of 50,000 people in protest at the regional government's budget plans. The unions are refusing to sign an agreement with the regional government and are calling for the resignation of the president. They argue that the cuts will not just affect public employees but will also threaten local services.
English: http://www.epsu.org/cob/409

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Doctors are to get pay rises worth between CZK 5,000 (? 206) and CZK 8,000 (? 330) monthly as par... [more]

Doctors are to get pay rises worth between CZK 5,000 (? 206) and CZK 8,000 (? 330) monthly as part of a deal that will increase their salaries to around 1.5 times the national average salary by 2013. A major national campaign had seen around 3,800 hospital doctors threaten to resign on 1 March 2011 if the government did not make concessions on pay. The increase is about 11-16% of the current doctor's gross monthly pay including pay for overtime and extra shifts (See also this Collective Bargaining Newsletter Year 4 February 2011).
English: http://www.epsu.org/cob/409 http://www.ceskenoviny.cz/news/zpravy/czech-govt-approves-higher-base-pay ...

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