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The three main local government unions - UNISON, GMB and Unite - have submitted their pay claim f... [more]

The three main local government unions - UNISON, GMB and Unite - have submitted their pay claim for 2009-2010. They want a pay increase that compensates for inflation with higher increases for the lower paid. The unions want a 12-month agreement and are not looking for any other changes in terms and conditions. A detailed document supporting the claim has been published. It compares pay rates in local government with pay in the rest of the public sector and with similar jobs in the private sector. The report also looks at minimum pay and shows that the lowest pay rate in local government is just over 10% below the average minimum rate in 36 other public sector agreements (See also this Collective Bargaining Newsletter Year 1 No.'s 3, 8 and 9).
(English: http://www.epsu.org/cob/282#a4480; http://www.unison.org.uk/news/news_view.asp?did=5097)

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The first round of negotiations between unions and regional government employers failed to bring ... [more]

The first round of negotiations between unions and regional government employers failed to bring any significant process. The two sides were left some way apart according to the ver.di service union general secretary Frank Bsirske. Ver.di called for an 8% increase for the 700,000 workers in regional government with a minimum increase of Euro 200 a month. The union also wants to see trainees get an extra Euro 120 a month as well as a guarantee of employment after training. Ver.di is looking to ensure that regional government employees catch up with pay levels in local and central government. The union also wants to negotiate an agreement on equal pay.
(English: http://www.epsu.org/cob/282; German: http://presse.verdi.de/pressemitteilungen/showNews?id=1c6269b2-e627-11dd-6b33-0019b9e321cd)

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The FSAP-CCOO public service federation has signed a new framework agreement with CONB, an assoc... [more]

The FSAP-CCOO public service federation has signed a new framework agreement with CONB, an association of fire service consortia that covers around 4,000 firefighters across 2,000 municipalities. The agreement covers training and aims to improve the way that fire services deal with health and safety of firefighters.
(English: http://www.epsu.org/cob/282; Spanish: http://www.fsap.ccoo.es/webfsap/menu.do?Inicio:47836)

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The GPA-DJP and GMTN unions, representing workers in private electricity companies, have stated t... [more]

The GPA-DJP and GMTN unions, representing workers in private electricity companies, have stated that the employers' initial pay offer of just over 3% was completely inadequate bearing in mind recent pay settlements. The employers focused on the current economic climate but the unions reminded them of the substantial profits that electricity companies have made in recent years. The unions will not resume negotiations until 29 January in order to convene a meeting of works council chairs on 26 January to discuss negotiating tactics. The employers also want to negotiate over working time flexibility.
(English: http://www.epsu.org/cob/282;
German: http://www.gpa-djp.at/servlet/ContentServer?pagename=GPA/Page/Index&n=GPA_2.a&cid=1231810532141)

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Members of the CGIL confederation's metalworking (FIOM) and public service (FP CGIL) federations ... [more]

Members of the CGIL confederation's metalworking (FIOM) and public service (FP CGIL) federations will be taking strike action on 13 February. The two federations are coming together in protest at a range of government policies that are attacking public sector workers, public services and undermining progress towards equality not just between men and women workers but also between domestic and migrant workers. The federations also argue that government policies are weakening workers' rights in both public and private sectors.
(English: http://www.epsu.org/cob/282; Italian: http://www.fpcgil.it/flex/cm/pages/ServeBLOB.php/L/IT/IDPagina/9124)

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Police estimated that 10,000 people joined the demonstration on 13 January in Riga against govern... [more]

Police estimated that 10,000 people joined the demonstration on 13 January in Riga against government economic policies, making it the biggest since the country's independence in 1991. The fact that a small group of rioters clashed with the police could not hide the broad support the demonstration got from the trade union side and from the Latvian general public. The European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) called for a New Social Deal across Europe that would provide an alternative to the neo-liberal policies being proposed by the governments of Latvia and Lithuania. As John Monks, general secretary, declared, ETUC wants to see more of a focus on decent work rather than policies that resort to cuts in pay and reliance on precarious employment.
(English: http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5gF8KGHyUhCXSEEH4Pa7fiWjyGK2AD95MKBC00; http://www.etuc.org/a/5732; French: http://www.etuc.org/a/5733)

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The largest trade union confederation, ZSSS, announced that it will demand to see the accounts of... [more]

The largest trade union confederation, ZSSS, announced that it will demand to see the accounts of companies subsidised for introducing shorter working weeks. ZSSS president Dusan Semolic reiterated that the new act providing subsidies to companies working shorter hours does not prevent pay cuts; he stressed that the legislation should specify that wages should not drop. Unionists find it unacceptable that public funding would be turned into companies' profits. The legislation, that passed parliament on 14 January, stipulates that companies shortening the working week from 40 to 36 hours get Euro 60 per worker in monthly subsidies. They will be eligible for another Euro 60 per employee if they agree with in-company unions to shorten the week to 32 hours. The total budget envisaged for this measure is Euro 230 million.
(English: http://www.ukom.gov.si/eng/slovenia/publications/slovenia-news/8141/8222/; http://www.ukom.gov.si/eng/slovenia/publications/slovenia-news/8141/8167/)

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Employees of Romania's biggest bank BCR, with over 9,000 employees and owned by Austria-based Ers... [more]

Employees of Romania's biggest bank BCR, with over 9,000 employees and owned by Austria-based Erste Bank, postponed a pay strike planned for 14 January after receiving a new pay offer. "There will be no strike tomorrow in BCR," Ciprian Ionescu, head of the bank's Independent Trade Union told a local television station, addingÿ: "The conflict is not over. We will decide what comes next after talks." The union demanded an additional 3% wage increase over the bank's offer to raise wages by half of Romania's 6.6% inflation rate in 2008.
(English: http://www.reuters.com/article/rbssFinancialServicesAndRealEstateNews/idUSLD14550720090113 via http://www.labourstart.org/cgi-bin/show_news.pl?country=Romania)

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The G™D public service trade union has said that hospital workers should not lose out as a result... [more]

The G™D public service trade union has said that hospital workers should not lose out as a result of health reforms and has criticised government plans for cuts in finance. The union's president for health and social care, Johann Hable, has called for the union to be represented in discussions over health reforms in order to ensure that workers do not end up paying the price for the changes. (See also this Collective Bargaining Newsletter Year 1 No. 6).
(English: http://www.epsu.org/cob/281; German: http://www.goed.at/14823.html)

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The ver.di service union and the NGG food and catering union are raising the minimum wage issue i... [more]

The ver.di service union and the NGG food and catering union are raising the minimum wage issue in regional elections. In a campaign "Vote for the minimum wage" the unions are highlighting the results of a recent opinion poll that found 81% of people in favour of a minimum wage as a response to growing child poverty. A recent government report found one in eight children in Germany at risk of poverty. The union campaign includes the use of container lorries with minimum wage information displays. The containers are deposited in city centres for people to visit and find out more about the issues around poverty pay and minimum wages (See also this Collective Bargaining Newsletter Year 1 No. 9).
(English: http://www.epsu.org/cob/281;
German: http://presse.verdi.de/pressemitteilungen/showNews?id=75f9ced0-cffb-11dd-742f-0019b9e321cd)

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