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The ver.di public services union is campaigning for a major re-grading of the mainly women worker... [more]

The ver.di public services union is campaigning for a major re-grading of the mainly women workers employed in various social, welfare and educational occupations. The union argues that these workers' occupations have not only been undervalued but that their responsibilities and the pressure of work have increased considerably in recent years. In the second round of negotiations on 30 March, employer proposals for re-grading were rejected as an outrageous provocation by ver.di which has launched a special website to argue the case for the re-gradings.
English: http://www.epsu.org/cob/303;
German: http://presse.verdi.de/pressemitteilungen/showNews?id=d2527ae2-1cf9-11de-606a-0019b9e321cd; http://www.chancen-foerdern.de/

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The management of French carmaker Renault and four union organizations (CFDT, CFTC, CFE-CGC and F... [more]

The management of French carmaker Renault and four union organizations (CFDT, CFTC, CFE-CGC and FO) have signed a "social crisis agreement" aimed at saving 8,000-10,000 jobs in France in 2009. The agreement establishes a system to maintain employees' net pay during partial unemployment, mobilizing days granted for working time reduction and calling some categories of employees, notably executives, for solidarity. A few days earlier, the PSA Peugeot Citro‰n group had signed an agreement with five unions (CFDT, CFTC, CFE-CGC, FO and GSEA) on training and compensation during partial unemployment, with the objective to compensate employees sent to partial unemployment up to 100% while attending training. With this agreement, the social partners think that they will save 2,800 jobs.
English: message to EUCOBAN network of European Metalworkers' Federation (EMF);
French: www.planetlabor.com

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The commercial success of textile discounter Kik, majority-owned by the Tengelmann concern, has k... [more]

The commercial success of textile discounter Kik, majority-owned by the Tengelmann concern, has kicked up a storm. Recently, a court in the city of Hamm ruled as "indecent" the salaries paid to saleswomen Martina K., 47, and Ursula G., 62, who received hourly wages of Euro 5.20. As a consequence, Kik will have to pay them between Euro 8,900-10,500 in arrear and to raise their wages to Euro 8.21. In all, 3,500 Kik workers in Germany, of a total 15,000 worldwide, are paid Euro 5 per hour and receive the strict minimum in state health and pension benefits, according to the services trade union Verdi. A Kik spokeswoman confirmed that in Germany the firm has no Works Councils.
English: http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5jAirfrkeRHEZEu393rxBr_USspTQ
via: http://www.labourstart.org/cgi-bin/show_news.pl?country=Germany

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On 8 April, cleaners at Schiphol Airport ended their four days' strike after the employers had me... [more]

On 8 April, cleaners at Schiphol Airport ended their four days' strike after the employers had met most of their demands. The FNV Bondgenoten (FNV Allies) union called this result a "great victory". The cleaners have won travel expenses, job security and a Euro 50 bonus. Schiphol Airport will improve canteen as well as union facilities. In addition, all Dutch cleaners will receive a one-off bonus of 0.5% of their yearly wage. The cleaners' strike was the culmination point of a campaign of over three months, that received broad support from fellow workers and the general public (See also this Collective Bargaining Newsletter, Year 2 March).
English: http://unionrenewal.blogspot.com/2009/04/victory-for-amsterdam-airport-cleaners.html
Dutch: http://www.fnvbondgenoten.nl/branches_bedrijven/branches/dienstverlening/schoonmaak/overwinning_voor_schoonmakers_/

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Miners at Europe's largest coal company, Poland's Kompania Weglowa, decided not to effectuate a 2... [more]

Miners at Europe's largest coal company, Poland's Kompania Weglowa, decided not to effectuate a 24-hour strike action on 7 April, following an agreement on wages five days earlier. State-owned Kompania Weglowa and most of the 12 unions representing miners, led by NSZZ Solidarnosc and Kadra as well as the Polish Miners' Trade Union, reached an accord including significant wage increases for 2009. On 2 April, the company's supervisory board agreed to increase salaries by PLN 900 per month (Euro 200), or about 5%. The miners' unions had initially been seeking an 8% increase, but lowered demands to 6% during mid-March mediation efforts (See also this Collective Bargaining Newsletter Year 2 March 2009).
English: http://www.icem.org/en/78-ICEM-InBrief/3126-Polish-Miners-at-Kompania-Weglowa-Agree-to-Wage-Terms

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Demonstrators, in the hundreds of thousands, marched through the streets of Rome on Saturday 4 Ap... [more]

Demonstrators, in the hundreds of thousands, marched through the streets of Rome on Saturday 4 April in a protest organised by the CGIL, Italy's largest union confederation, against Silvio Berlusconi's government's response to the economic crisis. CGIL leaders urged Berlusconi to open negotiations with them to discuss ways of dealing with the crisis. "This is a day we will remember for a long time," said Guglielmo Epifani, general secretary of the CGIL, "There are so many of us. We represent the part of Italy that works, the pensioners, those without stable jobs."
English: http://www.france24.com/en/20090404-italian-protesters-gather-en-masse-rome-coliseum-demonstrators-economic; http://www.dw-world.de/dw/article/0,,4152235,00.html
via http://www.labourstart.org/cgi-bin/show_news.pl?country=Italy

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The FNV Bondgenoten union has agreed with Bovag, the retail trade association of car dealers, on ... [more]

The FNV Bondgenoten union has agreed with Bovag, the retail trade association of car dealers, on a package of measures to keep vulnerable workers in employment within the sector, through temporary measures financed by the industry itself. Employers retaining older workers can get a grant up to Euro 10,000 per worker, while they also can claim a pension guarantee up to Euro 5,000. A third measure includes a training guarantee for students combining work and learning in the so-called BBL scheme.
English: press release FNV Bondgenoten

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On 1 April, parties involved in the national wage bargaining round, the Norwegian Confederations ... [more]

On 1 April, parties involved in the national wage bargaining round, the Norwegian Confederations of Trade Unions (LO) and the NHO employers' association, came to an agreement. There will be a general wage increase of NOK 1 (Euro 0.11) per hour, with an extra NOK 1 for the lowest paid workers, those below 90% of an average industrial worker's wage. The general wage increase adds up to NOK 2,200 (Euro 227) per year. "We should consider the fact that we are in a difficult situation in the industry," LO president Roar Fl†then commented.
English: http://www.norwaypost.no/content/view/21848/26/
via http://www.labourstart.org/cgi-bin/show_news.pl?country=Norway

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The VIDA services union has negotiated a 3.55% pay increase for employees at the Josefstadt and D... [more]

The VIDA services union has negotiated a 3.55% pay increase for employees at the Josefstadt and D”bling private clinics. VIDA's federal secretary for the sector, Rudolf Wagner, said that it had been important for the union to secure a pay rise for the 530 workers that was in line with pay awards in the rest of the sector. The main health and social services sectoral agreement was negotiated at the end of 2008 and included a 3.6% pay increase from 1 January 2009.
English: http://www.epsu.org/cob/302;
German: http://www.vida.at/servlet/ContentServer?pagename=S03/Page/Index&n=S03_0.a&cid=1237936219190

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On March 27, the FGTB union confederation and zij-kant, the progressive women's movement, celebra... [more]

On March 27, the FGTB union confederation and zij-kant, the progressive women's movement, celebrated the fifth edition of Equal Pay Day. March 27 is the date up to which Belgian women on average had to work in 2009 - on top of their 2008 salary - to equal the 2008 salary wage of their male counterparts. The organisers emphasize that, unless small improvements, the gender wage gap is far from being closed. They demand improvements in child care facilities; more attention for gender in education; upgrading of so-called female occupations and sectors; gender-neutral job classification systems, and a statutory social dialogue at company level concerning wage transparency and personnel policies.
Dutch: http://www.fgtb.be/code/nl/fram004.htm

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