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The CCOO union confederation's public sector organisations in the Extremadura region of south wes... [more]

The CCOO union confederation's public sector organisations in the Extremadura region of south west Spain have lodged over 450 appeals against the pay cuts being imposed by the public authorities. The appeals cover nearly 80,000 workers in the regional administration and local authorities as well as workers in universities. The actions challenge the pay cuts on the basis of the infringement of union rights to collective bargaining and the maintenance of pay and employment. Earlier, the CCOO confederation attacked the Socialist government for what is allegedly the biggest attack on workers' rights since the transition to democracy in the 1970s. CCOO general secretary Ignacio Fern ndez Toxo said that the change in the law gives too much flexibility to employers in terms of setting wages and working time and will undermine sectoral collective agreements leading to damaging wage competition.
English: http://www.epsu.org/cob/375;
Spanish: http://www.fsc.ccoo.es/webfsc/menu.do?Inicio:95068

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Services union ver.di has welcomed the fact that the promised minimum wage regulation for the 750... [more]

Services union ver.di has welcomed the fact that the promised minimum wage regulation for the 750,000 workers in the care sector came into force on 1 August. Workers are now entitled to a minimum hourly rate of Euro 8.50 in the West and Euro 7.50 in the East. The rates will be increased to Euro 8.75 and Euro 7.75 from 1 January 2012 and to Euro 9.00 and Euro 8.00 from 1 July 2013. Ver.di had called for a higher rate and remains disappointed that there are different rates for East and West Germany. The union set up a telephone hotline for employees to report problems of compliance. Evidence from calls indicates that employers were not complying with the new regulations as they included holiday pay, Christmas pay, shift allowances and bonuses in their calculation of pay when it should just be basic pay. Said ver.di board member Ellen Paschke, "Employers seem to try everything as to evade the minimum wage regulation" (See also this Collective Bargaining Newsletter Year 3 March and May 2010).
English: http://www.epsu.org/cob/375; http://www.epsu.org/cob/374
German: http://presse.verdi.de/pressemitteilungen/showNews .

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The FOA public service union has won a key court case that states that part-time workers who suff... [more]

The FOA public service union has won a key court case that states that part-time workers who suffer injuries at work can have their compensation based on a full-time worker's salary. The union has been pursuing this and similar cases on the basis that part-time work, particularly for many women workers, is only temporary, often coinciding with periods bringing up young children. Any injury compensation based on potential loss of earnings should therefore be based on the assumption that they would return to full-time employment.
English: http://www.epsu.org/cob/375;
Danish: http://www.foa.dk/Forbund/Presse?newsid .

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Members of the STAL union are taking strike action against the Resiestrela waste company that pro... [more]

Members of the STAL union are taking strike action against the Resiestrela waste company that provides services to 13 municipalities. The union is calling for the right to negotiate a proper collective agreement and accuses the management of the company of adopting an anti-trade union stance.
English: http://www.epsu.org/cob/375;
Portuguese: http://www.stal.pt/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=526&Itemid=1

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The Equal Treatment Commission has ruled that part-time workers should be fully paid for any work... [more]

The Equal Treatment Commission has ruled that part-time workers should be fully paid for any work-related training they do. The case involved a part-time worker covered by the care sector agreement who worked 16 hours a week as a care assistant but who undertook a training course of 28.8 hours a week. The Commission agreed with the union that payment should be on the basis of the 28.8 hours and not on the basis of a special rate for trainees in the collective agreement. In this case it meant the monthly salary should be Euro 1,383 a month rather than Euro 1,060.
English: http://www.epsu.org/cob/375
Dutch: http://www.cgb.nl/oordeel/2010-123
Majority of union members back pension agreement
July 2, 2010
The referendum in writing the FNV union confederation organised between 19 June and 1 July among the 1.2 million members of its affiliated unions on the basic national agreement on the pension age union negotiators agreed last May, produced an 80% majority of about 160,000 voters in favour of the agreement. The accord provides for lifting the current age from 65 to 66 years by 2020, with flexibility to retire earlier on a lower pension (See also this Collective Bargaining Newsletter Year 3 May and June 2010).
Dutch: http://www.fnv.nl/publiek/themas/aow/nieuws/referendum .
English: http://www.eurofound.europa.eu/eiro/2010/country/netherlands.htm

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The SETCA/BBTK services union reports that a majority of employers in the non-profit health care ... [more]

The SETCA/BBTK services union reports that a majority of employers in the non-profit health care sector are refusing to sign agreements setting out provisions for early retirement. The union believes that these employers are following the example of the main FEB employers' organisation that has been calling for a hard line on early retirement. SETCA/BBTK argues that these provisions are very important for a sector that is characterised by difficult and stressful occupations and where pay levels are modest.
English: http://www.epsu.org/cob/375;
French: http://www.setca.org/News/Pages/Communiquedepresse2082010soinsdesante.aspx ;
Dutch: http://www.bbtk.org/nieuws/Pages/Persbericht12082010gezondheidszorg.aspx

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The BFW employers' organisation has joined the trade unions' call for increased funding for the c... [more]

The BFW employers' organisation has joined the trade unions' call for increased funding for the care sector and improved pay and conditions for care workers. The GPA-DJP and VIDA unions argue already for quite some time that care employees are underpaid and work excessive hours. Thus, the quality of care will suffer unless something is done to increase employment in the sector and improve the attractiveness of the caring professions.
German: http://www.gpa-djp.at/servlet/ContentServer?pagename=GPA ...;
http://www.vida.at/servlet/ContentServer?pagename=S03/Page .

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In July, the Institute of Economic and Social Research (WSI) presented its interim report on the ... [more]

In July, the Institute of Economic and Social Research (WSI) presented its interim report on the 2010 collective bargaining round, evaluating agreements concluded in the first half of the year. These affected about 7.1 million employees or 37% of all employees covered by collective agreement. Calculated on an annual basis, the average pay increase in wages based on collective agreements will be 1.7%, well below the average increase of 2.6% in 2009. The average increase in eastern Germany was estimated to be 2.0%, bringing this average above that in western Germany (1.7%). In particular the eastern wage hikes were considerably higher in the food industry (3.9% against 2.3% in the western part) and in raw materials and production industries (3.4% against 2.1%). Overall, average collectively agreed pay in eastern Germany will amount to 96.2% of average western German pay levels in 2010, slightly above the 96.1% reached at the end of 2009. As the WSI notes, the effects of the economic crisis had an impact on bargaining in a number of important industries. In particular, in the metalworking and steel industries the bargaining parties were keen to conclude agreements which included measures to help maintain existing employment levels, most frequently through the extension of short-time arrangements (See also this Collective Bargaining Newsletter Year 3 February 2010).
English: http://www.eurofound.europa.eu/eiro/2010/07/articles/de1007029i.htm
German: http://www.boeckler.de/pdf/p_ta_hjb_2010.pdf

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ICEM (International Federation of Chemical, Energy, Mine and General Workers' Unions) General Sec... [more]

ICEM (International Federation of Chemical, Energy, Mine and General Workers' Unions) General Secretary Manfred Warda, in a letter to Prime Minister Irsen K‡k, expressed anger at the police violence in Northern Cyprus on Monday, 2 August, when a peaceful protest was attacked by police in riot gear. 24 trade unionists were briefly arrested. Warda stated in his letter, "The ICEM shares the belief of our affiliate EL-SEN that trade unions must be included in the social dialogue process and in all considerations over new legislation that will directly affect workers' fundamental rights." The ITUC (International Trade Union Confederation) and the ETUC (European Trade Union Confederation) also called on the authorities to end the policy of anti-union harassment and to return to negotiations and social dialogue.
English: http://www.icem.org/en/78-ICEM-InBrief/3946-ICEM-Urges-Northern-Cyprus ...
http://www.ituc-csi.org/repression-of-trade-unions-in.html?lang=en

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In early August, the management of Skoda Auto and the company union affiliated with the Czech Met... [more]

In early August, the management of Skoda Auto and the company union affiliated with the Czech Metalworkers' Federation KOVO (OS KOVO) reached agreement on the wage component of the collective contract expiring 31 March, 2011 and covering 29,000 workers. Wages will be increased by 2.7% backdated 1 April, 2010. Also, employees will be rewarded with a lump-sum payment of CZK 10,000 (Euro 400), "as recognition of their performance and flexibility in the difficult and turbulent year 2009." Moreover, the company contribution to the additional pension insurance is increased by CZK 50 (Euro 2). Already in April 2010, the other issues in the collective agreement had been agreed, but wage negotiations dragged on. Initially, the employer had offered a wage increase of maximum 2% and a lump-sum payment of CZK 1,000, and extended validity of the contract until 30 June 2011. In subsequent rounds of talks, the company increased its offer to a 2.5% wage hike and a CZK 8,000 lump-sum payment, but this proposal was rejected again by the union side.
English: http://new.skoda-auto.com/COM/about/info/news/News/Pages/2010_17 ...
http://www.eurofound.europa.eu/eiro/2010/04/articles/cz1004019i.htm

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