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The VIDA and GPA-DJP trade unions have called for private childcare providers to be covered by th... [more]

The VIDA and GPA-DJP trade unions have called for private childcare providers to be covered by the BAGS health and social service sectoral agreement. At the moment these employees are not covered by a collective agreement. The unions argue that they have faced a significant increase in the demands made upon them but there has been no attempt to re-evaluate their jobs and negotiate an appropriate increase in pay levels. The unions also want to see a federal law to regulate conditions and minimum standards for childcare provision.
English: http://www.epsu.org/cob/327;
German: http://www.vida.at/servlet/ContentServer?pagename=S03 .

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The state sector union Pardia interrupted its general assembly meeting on 21 October to protest o... [more]

The state sector union Pardia interrupted its general assembly meeting on 21 October to protest outside parliament over planned government budget cuts, which the union believes may lead to temporary lay-offs and job losses. Pardia is concerned about the implications of the cuts for the development of the state sector and the quality of services. In a survey of members, the union found nearly one in three members perceives that their job is under threat.
English: http://www.epsu.org/cob/327; http://www.pardia.fi/in_english/?x126=1133193

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The Mandate trade union is balloting workers in Boots retail stores throughout the country for in... [more]

The Mandate trade union is balloting workers in Boots retail stores throughout the country for industrial action. Mandate and Boots management entered a series of negotiations as the company insisted on a range of cost saving measures. These talks recently collapsed following disclosure that the company is still highly profitable. As a result, Boots threatens to terminate all previously negotiated agreements with Mandate and plans, among other things, 25% reductions in public holiday pay and Sunday premiums.
English: http://www.mandate.ie/Campaigns/Boots-Campaign.aspx; http://www.uniglobalunion.org/Apps/iportal.nsf/pages/homepageEn

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On 21 October, ward assistants at Limassol General Hospital held a 24-hour strike in protest agai... [more]

On 21 October, ward assistants at Limassol General Hospital held a 24-hour strike in protest against staff shortages and increased workloads. Strikers' representative Christos Ioannides warned that unless the hospital authorities respond to a letter from the health unions within ten days, hospital's ward staff was prepared to go out on indefinite strike. District Secretary of PEO civil servants' union, Adonis Papachristoforou, said the government had carried out an enquiry, which recommended the hiring of 180 extra staff. His counterpart in the SEK union, Charis Antoniades, said that "everyone has admitted that clearly there is a problem at Limassol Hospital, but nobody is taking the initiative to solve it."
English: http://www.cyprus-mail.com/news/main.php?id=48429&cat_id=1
via http://www.labourstart.org/cgi-bin/show_news.pl?country=Cyprus

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On 19 October, railway workers went on a nationwide strike after the government announced plans t... [more]

On 19 October, railway workers went on a nationwide strike after the government announced plans to slash the railway budget and close railway lines. Protest focused on proposals to withdraw 40 billion HUF (Euro 146 million) in funding from the railway industry, as well as to close some 30 lines, affecting 5,000 workplaces. Talks between the government and the unions on 20 October as to resolve the dispute failed, and were followed by a two-hour warning strike on Tuesday 27 October. The next negotiation round is set on 2 November. According to our Hungarian spokesperson, this was the first railway strike since 2000 called for by all five unions involved.
English: http://www.itfglobal.org/news-online/index.cfm/newsdetail .; http://english.eastday.com/e/1028/u1a4765106.html

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The fifteen week dispute at Marine Terminals Ltd in Dublin Port has ended following a decision by... [more]

The fifteen week dispute at Marine Terminals Ltd in Dublin Port has ended following a decision by the company to accept a Labour Court recommendation on job retention and redundancies. According to SIPTU Regional Secretary, Christy McQuillan, the parties will begin discussions immediately to give effect to the recommendations of the Court. "We welcome the improved redundancy offer and note the courts' recommendation that the parties engage directly with a view to resolving other issues including the number of jobs and the selection process for any further redundancies", he said (See also this Collective Bargaining Newsletter Year 2 July-August 2009).
English: http://www.siptu.ie/PressRoom/NewsReleases/Headline/Name,11191,en.html

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HK (National Union of Commercial and Clerical Employees), Denmark's largest trade union, has star... [more]

HK (National Union of Commercial and Clerical Employees), Denmark's largest trade union, has started a comprehensive campaign to push parliament into making laws enforcing equal pay and rights for women in the workplace. Unless the existing legal framework, according to HK the gender pay gap is nearly 18%. Says HK president, Kim Simonsen, "It's embarrassing that the difference between men's and women's salaries is so large." The cause for equal pay received a boost earlier this month, when the Supreme Court ruled in favour of a female sales consultant who found she was earning 7,500 Danish crowns (Euro 1,010) a month less than her male colleagues. After a 10-year court battle, the woman finally won her case and was awarded back pay compensation.
English: http://www.cphpost.dk/component/content/47261.html?task=view
via http://www.labourstart.org/cgi-bin/show_news.pl?country=Denmark

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On 20 October, German cleaners launched a general strike for decent wages and other employment co... [more]

On 20 October, German cleaners launched a general strike for decent wages and other employment conditions. On the first strike day, some 1,000 cleaners would have downed their tools and more are expected to join them. In numerous offices, public institutions and hospitals, dirt is piling up and airplanes have to depart late or uncleaned, union IG BAU has announced. Measures have been taken to prevent problems at critical services such as intensive care facilities. Among other things, the union demands a pay rise and a reduction of the pay gap between cleaners in the East and the West of Germany. Currently, the minimum wage is Euro 8.15 per hour for cleaners in the West, and Euro 6.58 in the East. Many of the cleaners are immigrants. "We live in Europe, but our living conditions are not up to European standards," cleaner Habibe Karafil told newspaper Milliyet.
English: http://unionrenewal.blogspot.com/2009/10/germany-cleaners .

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The executive office of the Trade Union of Civil Servants (SNFP) has decided to postpone the all-... [more]

The executive office of the Trade Union of Civil Servants (SNFP) has decided to postpone the all-out strike scheduled for October 25, union leader Sebastian Oprescu told a press agency. He emphasized that the recent collapse of the government asked for a responsible union attitude, but warned against the non-observance of labour legislation under pressure of crisis conditions. "This is one of the reasons for which we consider that the public administration needs parliament's special attention", Oprescu said.
English: http://www.emportal.rs/en/news/region/101896.html
via http://www.labourstart.org/cgi-bin/show_news.pl?country=Romania

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On 20 October, the Finnish Airline Pilots' Association decided it would impose a training ban on ... [more]

On 20 October, the Finnish Airline Pilots' Association decided it would impose a training ban on Finnair in two weeks' time. The union said Finnair pilots would refuse to train other carriers' pilots in protest against Finnair's plans to outsource some domestic and European short-haul flights. A pay and conditions agreement covering Finnair pilots expired more than a year ago, but talks on a new one stalled over the outsourcing plans.
English: http://newsroom.finland.fi/stt/showarticle.asp?intNWSAID .

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