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The members of the largest union involved, ABVAKABO FNV, as well as the constituency of the emplo... [more]

The members of the largest union involved, ABVAKABO FNV, as well as the constituency of the employers' negotiators, have agreed upon the basic agreement underlying a new, integrated collective agreement for nursing and residential homes and mobile care. The agreement will be in force from January 1, 2008, till March 1, 2010. The agreement provides pay increases of 3.25% from January 1, 2008, and a further 3.0% from March 1, 2009, which partly compensation for the lagging behind of wages in this sector in recent years. Jointly, nursing and residential homes and mobile care in the Netherlands employ about 360,000 workers.
(English: http://www.epsu.org/spip/cob.php3?id_mot=244; Dutch: http://www.abvakabofnv.nl/cao/bericht)

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On November 19, the Executive Council of TEHY, the nurses' and healthcare professionals' union, a... [more]

On November 19, the Executive Council of TEHY, the nurses' and healthcare professionals' union, approved a negotiated pay deal by a mediation board in which negotiation parties were represented. A week later, the main negotiating parties in the municipal sector agreed too. The agreement meant that the industrial action was avoided: coordinated by TEHY, in October about 12,000 nurses and other health care professionals threatened to start a nationwide resignation campaign. Before it came to that, many nurses had already taken action by banning overtime. Their position was supported earlier in November, when researcher Kimmo Kev„tsalo presented his findings based on WageIndicator outcomes for a TEHY audience, proving that the wages of Finnish nurses in international perspective were quite low.
The four-year contract gives TEHY's members pay increases of 22-28%. Job-related pay will be increased between Euro 350-650 per month, but members will also get a Christmas bonus of Euro 270 in December. Altogether, in the first two years the agreement will mean that TEHY members' wage increases will be 3-5% higher than those agreed for the other municipal workers. This means a further contribution to the catching up of the development of wages in female-dominated fields with those of others.
(English: http://www.epsu.org/r/173; http://www.eurofound.europa.eu/eiro/2007/11/articles/fi0711019i.htm; http://www.jhl.fi; report of Kev„tsalo in Finnish accessible via: http://www.wageindicator.org/main/publications/publicationsfolder_2007)

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The Estonian Confederation of Trade Unions (EAKL) and the Estonian Employers' Confederation (ETTK... [more]

The Estonian Confederation of Trade Unions (EAKL) and the Estonian Employers' Confederation (ETTK) agreed on an official minimum monthly wage of EEK (kroons) 4,350 (Euro 278) for 2008. Compared with 2007, this represents an almost 21% increase in the minimum wage. Thus, the agreement paved the way for the biggest minimum wage increase in recent years. Nonetheless, this minimum still only represents 33% of the national average wage.
EAKL's chairman, Harri Taliga, stated that the offer of 4,200 kroons per month with which the employers came up earlier was disappointing, as the confederation had understood from media reports that the employers were ready to conclude the agreement at 4,500 kroons. Considering the large public interest of the outcome of the negotiations, the unions saw it as irresponsible to delay the accord for one more month. The official minimum wage in Estonia in 2007 was EEK 3,600 per month.
(English: http://www.baltictimes.com/news/articles/19353; http://www.eurofound.europa.eu/eiro/2007/12/articles/ee0712019i.htm)

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