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Discussions over the economic crisis involving the government, the CCOO and UGT union confederati... [more]

Discussions over the economic crisis involving the government, the CCOO and UGT union confederations and the CEOE employers' association have broken down, after the CEOE set out a series of "clarifications" regarding the current negotiations. The unions reaffirmed their commitment to the social dialogue and the need to discuss how to deal with increasing unemployment. They said that the CEOE had undermined the negotiating process by trying to introduce a series of demands that were clearly unacceptable. These included reopening the debate on labour reform and the issue of the ease of dismissal, the conversion of recruitment agencies into for-profit agencies and the use of temporary employment in the public arena, cutting social security contributions, and separating the reduction of corporate tax from any requirement to maintain employment.
English: http://www.epsu.org/cob/315#a5519;
Spanish: http://www.ugt.es/actualidad/2009/julio/c23072009.html

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According to data from the Labour Research Department (LRD) Payline database, wage freezes are no... [more]

According to data from the Labour Research Department (LRD) Payline database, wage freezes are not the only way employers have responded to the economic crisis. According to Payline, just 23% of wage settlements since January 2009 have included pay freezes. Only in a handful of cases there have been pay cuts. Yet, the level of pay increases has dropped to an overall median of 2.5% from January - June 2009. The median rise since January 2009 for long-term deals is 3.2%, compared to the median for new deals of 2%. "It is likely that employers that sign long-term deals with their unions favour stability and good industrial relations", said Lewis Emery, LRD's pay and conditions researcher.
English: press release Labour Research Department (LRD);
http://www.lrd.org.uk/index.php?pagid=18

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Public services union UNISON has won an equal pay tribunal case against the Bury Metropolitan Bor... [more]

Public services union UNISON has won an equal pay tribunal case against the Bury Metropolitan Borough council in the North West of England. Around 1,200 low paid women workers - cleaners, cooks and support staff - are set benefit from new pay arrangements that will mean they can earn the same kind of bonus payments, worth 33.3% or 50% of hourly pay, as are paid in male-dominated jobs like in gardening and refuse collection.
English: http://www.epsu.org/cob/314;
http://www.unison.org.uk/asppresspack/pressrelease_view.asp?id=1483

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The SAK blue-collar trade union confederation is aiming to secure a minimum wage of Euro 1,500 fo... [more]

The SAK blue-collar trade union confederation is aiming to secure a minimum wage of Euro 1,500 for all full-time workers covered by the agreements negotiated in co-ordination by its affiliates. The new president of SAK, Lauri Lyly, stated that the organisation will fight for this basic pay during the next round of wage negotiations. He added that employees should be able to survive on their earnings without having to resort to welfare benefits. There is no statutory minimum wage in Finland with minimum wages set in different sectoral collective agreements, and a Euro 1,500 minimum wage would mean a substantial increase for some groups of workers.
English: http://www.epsu.org/cob/314; http://www.artto.kaapeli.fi/unions/T2009/m26; http://www.eurofound.europa.eu/eiro/2009/06/articles/fi0906039i.htm

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The GPA-DJP trade union has called on the Red Cross to negotiate over how to pay wages owed to ar... [more]

The GPA-DJP trade union has called on the Red Cross to negotiate over how to pay wages owed to around 200 workers. For many years the Red Cross's blood donation service has made errors in its wage calculations, failing to pay correct overtime payments and other allowances. It is estimated that the 200 workers are owed around Euro 2 million. The union says that the Red Cross is trying to resolve the issue through individual discussions with workers, giving them a tight deadline to accept offers of payment below what they are really entitled to.
English: http://www.epsu.org/cob/314;
German: http://www.gpa-djp.at/servlet/ContentServer?pagename=GPA/Page/Index&n=GPA_0.a&cid=1246616837041

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The Kommunal union has warned that the crisis has already spread from the private sector to the p... [more]

The Kommunal union has warned that the crisis has already spread from the private sector to the public sector as care workers have been losing their jobs. A survey carried out by the union suggests 7,500 care jobs have already been cut, while the SKL local and regional government employers' association predicts 15,000 job cuts this year and next. The union points out that those losing their jobs are invariably women on part-time and precarious contracts; it stresses that employers are finding it easy to cut jobs, particularly among fixed-term and agency workers. Kommunal wants to see increased funding for care services from the central government and rejects any notion of a pay cut for care workers.
English: http://www.epsu.org/cob/314;
Swedish: http://www.kommunal.se/Nyheter/2009/Mars/Absolut-nej-till-lonesankningar/

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The PCS civil service union has organised an overtime ban in tax offices, in protest at the incre... [more]

The PCS civil service union has organised an overtime ban in tax offices, in protest at the increase in overtime that is being used to maintain services after 19,000 jobs have been cut from the department. The union argues that the department should be hiring staff not relying on overtime and temporary workers, particularly in a recession when it is vital to try to collect the estimated Euro 30 billion in uncollected tax. A further 6,000 jobs are due to go by 2011.
English: http://www.epsu.org/cob/314;
http://www.pcs.org.uk/en/news_and_events.

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The three unions, ABVAKABO FNV, CNV Publieke Zaak and NU'91 have negotiated a new 24-month collec... [more]

The three unions, ABVAKABO FNV, CNV Publieke Zaak and NU'91 have negotiated a new 24-month collective agreement for the mental health care sector in a difficult bargaining environment, with the government willing to cut the health budget. There will be a 1% pay increase on 1 October 2009 and another 1% on 1 August 2010. The year-end bonus payment will be worth 5.25% of salary in 2009 and 5.75% of salary in 2010, while there will also be a 0.65% lump sum payment. New flexible working hours' arrangements will be introduced, along with improved work-life balance provisions that will allow employees to use or save an extra 35 hours of leave.
English: http://www.epsu.org/cob/314;
Dutch: http://www.abvakabofnv.nl/cao/bericht/op_de_valreep.

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Unless protests like strikes and picket lines in front of the parliament building, organised by t... [more]

Unless protests like strikes and picket lines in front of the parliament building, organised by the Estonian Confederation of Trade Unions (ECUTU), the new Labour Contract Law took effect on 1 July. The law includes the last minute amendments criticized by the union movement and disturbing the balance between job security and labour market flexibility, for the unions an essential goal of the law (See also this Collective Bargaining Newsletter Year 2 May and June 2009).
English: http://www.eurofound.europa.eu/eiro/2009/07/articles/ee0907029i.htm

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In June 2009, the Institute of Economic and Social Research (WSI) within the Hans B”ckler Foundat... [more]

In June 2009, the Institute of Economic and Social Research (WSI) within the Hans B”ckler Foundation presented its interim report on the 2009 round of collective bargaining. It evaluates the collective agreements concluded in the first half of 2009, affecting about 20% of all employees covered by such agreements. Calculated on an annual basis, the average increase in wages and salaries will amount to about 3% in 2009, which is slightly above the average pay increase of 2.9% in 2008. The average increase in eastern German pay levels is estimated to be about 3.5%, thereby bringing this year's increases above the western German level. The effects of the economic crisis were only partly felt.
English: http://www.eurofound.europa.eu/eiro/2009/07/articles/de0907019i.htm;
German: http://www.boeckler.de/pdf/p_ta_hjb_2008.pdf

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