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Belgian union leaders have warmed to a plan by General Motors European arm Opel to grant a stay o... [more]

Belgian union leaders have warmed to a plan by General Motors European arm Opel to grant a stay of execution to its plant in Antwerp and push through fewer job cuts than previously envisaged. GM said it was now proposing that the Opel Antwerp plant be allowed to hunt for an investor until the end of September. That investor would have to take over by the end of the year, union leaders said, adding GM was now also looking to cut 1,200 of the 2,600 jobs of Opel Antwerp. Rudi Kennes, main negotiator of the ABVV/FGTB union and Opel's European deputy labour leader, said the plans were a sign of progress, though the plant needed longer than six months to find an investor and the job cuts were more than the 1,000 maximum unions had been willing to accept (See also this Collective Bargaining Newsletter Year 3 January 2010).
English: http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSLDE62L20J20100322?

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On 20 March, the joint unions announced not to be prepared to accept a reform of the Cost of Livi... [more]

On 20 March, the joint unions announced not to be prepared to accept a reform of the Cost of Living Allowance (CoLA) or any other government measures which will negatively affect the standard of living of employees, and more in particular those in the lowest wage bracket. Representatives of the three major union federations, PEO, SEK and DEOK, made the statement in response to the government's proposed austerity measures.
English: http://www.cyprus-mail.com/cyprus/unions-say-don-t-touch-cola/
via http://www.labourstart.org/cgi-bin/show_news.pl?country=Cyprus

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The trade unions and the government have reached agreement on levying incomes of unprovided peopl... [more]

The trade unions and the government have reached agreement on levying incomes of unprovided people, thus legalizing the non-regulated incomes of physical persons, as they stated at a press conference over anti-crisis measures. Yet, at the press conference a dispute rose over the proposed measures. Bozhidar Danev from the Bulgarian Industrial Association said that over the last 20 years many people received non-regulated incomes from the grey sector by not paying their taxes and insurances, and announced to discuss with the government whether to declare amnesty.
English: http://www.focus-fen.net/index.php?id=n213856

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The FNV Bondgenoten union has announced its demands for the new collective agreement at the Corus... [more]

The FNV Bondgenoten union has announced its demands for the new collective agreement at the Corus steelworks, subsidiary of the Tata Steel Group and employing 9,500 workers, after preparations with members. The spearheads are a larger focus on youth and a floor for pay increase for the low-waged, and the union asks a clear statement of Corus concerning the state pension reform plans. FNV Bondgenoten wants a wage increase of 2% by 1 April 2010 for one year, with a floor of Euro 416.38 per percent per year. The union demands the salary scales of young employees to be increased 2% by 1 January 2011. The current collective agreement expires on 1 April 2010.
English: message of EUCOBAN network of EMF / EFFAT / ETUF-TCL / EMCEF

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Public services union UNISON has called on local government employers to withdraw their demand fo... [more]

Public services union UNISON has called on local government employers to withdraw their demand for a pay freeze. The union argues that women will be most affected by a freeze as three out of four local government workers are women and two-thirds of them earn less UKP 18,000 (Euro 20,000) a year. Heather Wakefield, UNISON Head of Local Government, said: "Council staff are already some of the lowest paid workers in the public sector. They are facing the grim prospect of a pay freeze from April, just as inflation is on the up. Many are worried about losing their jobs, whilst working harder than ever, covering vacant posts, to keep services running."
English: http://www.epsu.org/cob/358;
http://www.unison.org.uk/asppresspack/pressrelease_view.asp?id=1783

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On 12 March the CGIL union confederation organised a four-hour general strike and a series of dem... [more]

On 12 March the CGIL union confederation organised a four-hour general strike and a series of demonstrations across the country in protest at the government's policies on dealing with the crisis, taxation, employment rights and migrants' rights. The confederation claims that one million workers flooded into the country's squares. CGIL General Secretary, Guglielmo Epifani said during a demonstration in Padua: "Unemployment rises, especially in more industrialized areas, and the government does nothing. Taxes are paid only by workers and retirees". He warned for a labour law reform, blaming the government of "bringing down the rights through a kind of arbitration which forces workers to abandon the labour courts."
English: http://www.epsu.org/cob/358; http://www.cgil.it/;
Italian: http://www.cgil.it/dettagliodocumento.aspx?ID=13331

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Following further negotiations on 8 March, the local government employers are sticking to their d... [more]

Following further negotiations on 8 March, the local government employers are sticking to their demand for a pay freeze. In response the three trade unions involved - FNV Abvakabo, CNV Publieke Zaak and CMHF - have announced that they will suspend all consultations with the employers over issues like restructuring for at least three months. The unions are determined to secure a deal that at least protects their members' purchasing power (See also this Collective Bargaining Newsletter Year 2 December 2009 and Year 3 January and February 2010).
English: http://www.epsu.org/cob/358
Dutch: http://www.abvakabofnv.nl/Thema's/cao-lagere-overheden1/?OverviewType; http://www.cnvpubliekezaak.nl/Oproep_aan_OR_overleg_Gemeenten_op_te

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After a major trade union demonstration and months of negotiations, employers and unions have agr... [more]

After a major trade union demonstration and months of negotiations, employers and unions have agreed to increase the national minimum wage. There will be three increases over the next three years in order to bring the minimum wage in line with the basic living costs for a single person household. The overall 22.9% increase will take the net minimum rate to Euro 562 a month by 2012, via Euro 510 in 2010 and Euro 530 in 2011 (See also this Collective Bargaining Newsletter Year 2 November 2009).
English: http://www.epsu.org/cob/358;
http://www.sloveniatimes.com/en/inside.cp2?uid

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The VIDA services union is urging parliament to launch a study into the increasing pressure under... [more]

The VIDA services union is urging parliament to launch a study into the increasing pressure under which health and social care employees work. Long working hours, long periods on call and too few staff are creating major problems in the sector, and 22,000 workers signed a petition organised by VIDA and the GPA-DJP services union.
English: http://www.epsu.org/cob/358;
German: http://www.vida.at/servlet/ContentServer?pagename=S03/Page/Index&n

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The Interno federation affiliated to the CFDT union confederation has organised a national strike... [more]

The Interno federation affiliated to the CFDT union confederation has organised a national strike on 11 March in protest at changes to regulations covering nurseries that will lead to lower staffing levels and the employment of less qualified staff. The union is concerned about the implications for both nursery workers and the children in their care.
English: http://www.epsu.org/cob/358;
French: http://www.cfdt.fr/rewrite/article/24797/zoom-sur/petite-enfance

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