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The minimum wage will rise from the current €307.70 by 3% to €317 per month as of next ... [more]

The minimum wage will rise from the current €307.70 by 3% to €317 per month as of next year, following a decision by the government of Prime Minister Iveta Radicov  taken on 13 October. The leaders of the four governing coalition parties agreed to the rise despite strong opposition from employers' groups and protests by representatives of regional governments. Unions, by contrast, had argued in favour of a rise. The Labour Ministry proposed the increase in line with the law on the minimum wage that says that, if social partners fail to agree on the level of the minimum wage, the ministry has to propose an increase by the percentage of the average wage increase in the preceding year, 2009.
English: http://spectator.sme.sk/articles/view/40446/10/slovak_government_agrees_to_increase_minimum_monthly_wage_to_317.html

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The Iberia airline has reached a deal with the transport unions of CCOO and UGT which opens the w... [more]

The Iberia airline has reached a deal with the transport unions of CCOO and UGT which opens the way to the creation of a new low-cost carrier to handle its short and medium-haul routes, it announced. The collective agreement covers 14,750 employees, or 70% of the total airline's workforce, and will remain in place until December 2012. It includes wage increases and "a guarantee of employment" for workers once the new carrier is established. Since Iberia announced in October 2009 that it planned to start a low-cost airline to handle its short- and medium-haul routes, unions have been negotiating with its management on a new collective agreement covering the new airline.
English: http://www.expatica.com/es/news/spanish-news/iberia-seals-union-deal-for-new-low-cost-carrier_103342.html

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The SDE energy sector union has called off a strike that was announced for Tuesday 12 October in ... [more]

The SDE energy sector union has called off a strike that was announced for Tuesday 12 October in order to put pressure on the government in negotiations over restructuring of the electricity distribution sector. It was agreed with Prime Minister Bourt Pahor that a compromise solution would be found as soon as possible. Trade union representative Franc Dolar and Economy Minister Darja Radic told the press that an active dialogue would be established between unions and government. In the restructuring plan the five majority state-owned distributors would be split into market and network divisions, with the market divisions to be sold to major energy traders or producers.
English: http://www.epsu.org/cob/381; http://www.balkans.com/open-news.php?uniquenumber=74578

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Public servants recruited from January 2011 will have to make do with a reduced pension and a lat... [more]

Public servants recruited from January 2011 will have to make do with a reduced pension and a later retirement age under new pension cutback plans announced by the Ministry of Finance. Under the plan, designed to cut back on the public service pensions' bill, the minimum retirement age for new recruits is to be raised to 66. The current minimum retirement age is 65 but most public servants can stop work on a full pension at age 60 as long as they have 40 years' service. Moreover, in a move that will significantly cut back a public servant's pension, the final pension will be based on 50% of career average earnings rather than 50% of final salary, as at present. Originally put forward by Finance Minister Brian Lenihan in last year's budget, the announcement has been the subject of negotiations between the public service unions and the finance department at the Labour Relations Commission for the last few months. The unions have yet to endorse the plan though it is understood the department will proceed regardless.
English: http://www.tribune.ie/news/home-news/article/2010/oct/10/smaller-pensions-and-later-retirement-for-new-civi/ via http://www.labourstart.org/cgi-bin/show_news.pl?country=Ireland

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As the Wood and Allied Workers' Union and the employer association Finnish Forest Industry approv... [more]

As the Wood and Allied Workers' Union and the employer association Finnish Forest Industry approved a new collective agreement on Thursday 7 October, the strike of 4,100 wood workers ended. The agreement covers 18,000 workers. All will receive, backdated 1 October, a 1.1% wage increase. In addition, a 0.8% rise is to be implemented on the basis of local negotiations. The biggest obstacle to an agreement was resolved by leaving the regulations on seniority allowance untouched. Originally it was the employers' side that demanded changes to these regulations.
English: http://www.artto.kaapeli.fi/unions/T2010/n32 via http://www.labourstart.org/cgi-bin/show_news.pl?country=Finland

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Public sector unions agreed to suspend their strike in response to a government commitment to abi... [more]

Public sector unions agreed to suspend their strike in response to a government commitment to abide by the current collective agreement. One of the main issues of dispute is the timetable for paying salary adjustments arising from changes in the public sector pay system. The adjustments were meant to be paid in four installments but the government wants to suspend payment of the third quarter until economic growth reaches 2.5% a year.
English: http://www.epsu.org/cob/381; http://www.emg.rs/en/news/region/134840.html

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In a conference on defending public services, the GDG-KMSFB union set out a range of social and f... [more]

In a conference on defending public services, the GDG-KMSFB union set out a range of social and financial measures that could help ensure the provision of quality public services. The union's list of demands included the defence of public services in the face of the uncontrolled competition characterised by the single market and the application of social and environmental clauses in public procurement. The union also underlined the importance for public services of a well-trained, motivated and decently paid workforce.
English: http://www.epsu.org/cob/381
German: http://www.gdg-kmsfb.at/servlet/ContentServer?pagename=C01/Page/Index&n=C01_0.a&cid=1283862568034

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The PCS civil service union is challenging the government over its plans to make substantial cuts... [more]

The PCS civil service union is challenging the government over its plans to make substantial cuts in the redundancy compensation scheme. The union it is still prepared to negotiate with the government over the scale of the reductions. The union took the previous government to the High Court over the scheme. The Court confirmed that the scheme could not altered without the agreement of all six unions in the civil service (See also this Collective Bargaining Newsletter Year 3 April, May, June and July-August 2010).
English: http://www.epsu.org/cob/381; http://www.pcs.org.uk/en/news_and_events/news_centre/index.cfm/id/4C2BAAA5-1961-4A07-9054C7A804ADC896

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Over 100 works and staff council representatives attended ver.di's 2010 waste sector conference. ... [more]

Over 100 works and staff council representatives attended ver.di's 2010 waste sector conference. They received a stark warning from Erhard Ott, head of the union's energy, waste and transport section, that they were facing the prospect of very tough bargaining in the sector, much tougher than previous bargaining rounds. The conference also discussed the impact of an ageing workforce. With the average age of workers in the sector now reaching 50, delegates focused on the importance of improvements in health and safety and the need to reduce the impact of heavy lifting.
English: http://www.epsu.org/cob/381
German: https://ver-und-entsorgung.verdi.de/abfallwirtschaft/br-pr-konferenz-2010/betriebe-spielen-auf-zeit

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The Solidarnosc National Section of Commerce Employees called for a strike on 7 October as to hig... [more]

The Solidarnosc National Section of Commerce Employees called for a strike on 7 October as to highlight the worsening conditions in stores of a number of large supermarket chains, including Biedronka, Carrefour, Real, Bomi, Praktiker, and Makro Cash and Carry. Union members will work-to-rule, following every single regulation to the letter in order to disrupt the pace of trade. They will hand out leaflets to customers explaining their grievances, which include the low rate of pay of shop-floor workers (hardly above the minimum wage) and the ever-increasing number of duties they are expected to perform. They also complain that they are rarely employed on full-time contracts and that jobs are lost when big supermarkets cut costs by allowing suppliers to stack shelves. The protests coincided with the World Day for Decent Work.
English: http://www.wbj.pl/article-51469-supermarket-strike-to-hit-poland-thursday.html?typ=ise
via http://www.labourstart.org/cgi-bin/show_news.pl?country=Poland
Polish: http://www.gazetaprawna.pl/wiadomosci/artykuly/456789,dzisiaj_strajk_wloski_w_sieciach_handlowych_przygotuj_sie_na_kolejki_w_sklepach.html; http://www.tvn24.pl/1,1676772,druk.html

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