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After eight weeks of strike actions, municipal and regional council workers organised in the FOA ... [more]

After eight weeks of strike actions, municipal and regional council workers organised in the FOA federation have voted in ballots to accept the improved three-year pay deal for day-care staff. They accepted a 13.4% deal (up on the 12.8% employers had offered) that included a commitment to a commission to look at the issue of gender pay inequality. A few days later, the about 65,000 health care workers (nurses, midwives and laboratory assistants) joined the day-care workers in ending their strikes after agreeing to a 13.3% pay hike over three years (See also this Collective Bargaining Newsletter Year 1 No. 4).
(English: http://www.epsu.org/spip/cob.php3?id_mot=260#a3856; http://www.boston.com/news/world/europe/articles/2008/06/13/65000_danish_nurses_end_2_month_strike;
Danish: http://www.foa.dk/sw446818.asp)

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After a month of relay strikes of postal workers in a number of Dutch cities and under the threat... [more]

After a month of relay strikes of postal workers in a number of Dutch cities and under the threat of a national postal strike on 28 May, ABVAKABO FNV and the other unions succeeded in negotiating a basic agreement with TNT Post. The agreement reached on 23 May, running one year from 1 April 2008 on, contains a structural pay rise of 3% backdated to 1 April and a one-off payment of 0.5% per month, to be included in the wage scales if a new collective agreement for so-called production workers will be realised and some other conditions will be met before 1 April 2009. TNT has shelved earlier plans for drastic wage cuts. On June 30, ABVAKABO FNV will conclude the ballot on the basic agreement.
(Dutch: http://www.powertothepostwerkers.nl/images/uploads/cao-krant_TNT_juni_2008.pdf; NRC-Handelsblad, 23-04-2008, 26-05-2008)

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The eight trade union federations in the public services have signed a joint letter declaring the... [more]

The eight trade union federations in the public services have signed a joint letter declaring their opposition to government proposals on increasing worker mobility across the public sector. The unions argue that rather than enhancing career development, the measures are mainly aimed at increasing flexibility, undermining the pay and grading system and providing opportunities to make more budget cuts.
(English: http://www.epsu.org/spip/cob.php3?id_mot=260#a3857;
French: http://www.fo-fonctionnaires.fr/flashinfo-suite.html)

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The public sector unions of three main confederations, CGIL FP, CISL FP and UIL FPL, are continui... [more]

The public sector unions of three main confederations, CGIL FP, CISL FP and UIL FPL, are continuing to campaign over the long delayed collective agreement for the private health sector, covering 150,000 workers. Following a sit-in demonstration outside the head office of the ARIS organization that represents religious healthcare organizations, the unions organized a fortnight of action around the country from 3 to 13 June (See also this Collective Bargaining Newsletter Year 1 No. 4).
(English: http://www.epsu.org/spip/cob.php3?id_mot=260#a3862,
Italian: http://www.fpcgil.it/flex/cm/pages/ServeBLOB.php/L/IT/IDPagina/6576)

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In the light of the recent surge in inflation, unions at the EDF energy company have called on th... [more]

In the light of the recent surge in inflation, unions at the EDF energy company have called on the company to start negotiations over pay in line with regulations that provide for a re-opening of collective bargaining. There is also a call for the company to provide compensation for travelling to work, with a demand for EDF to pay for 60% of each employee's monthly travel costs if they use public transportand a Euro 200 contribution per year towards fuel costs for those not using public transport.
(English: http://www.epsu.org/spip/cob.php3?id_mot=260#a3851;
French: http://www.fnme-cgt.fr/outils/sites.phtml?id=2)

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Ver.di and the other trade unions representing regional government workers in Hessen have agreed ... [more]

Ver.di and the other trade unions representing regional government workers in Hessen have agreed a 3% pay increase for 2008. Hessen broke away from the national collective agreement covering regional government in 2004 and is still resisting union demands to rejoin the agreement. The 2008 pay increase is backdated to 1 April and a lump sum worth 3% of salary will cover the period from 1 January to 31 March. Employees will also get a further lump sum of either Euro 100 or Euro 150, depending on their pay grade. The agreement runs till the end of 2008 and separate pay negotiations will take place for 2009.
(English: http://www.epsu.org/spip/cob.php3?id_mot=260#a3861;
German: http://hessen.verdi.de/tarifrunde_oeffentlicher_dienst_2008/data/eckpunktevereinbarung-hessen.pdf)

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A pay settlement for workers in the municipal sector is out for ballot following strike action. T... [more]

A pay settlement for workers in the municipal sector is out for ballot following strike action. The result in the state sector is also out on a ballot among union membership. The recommended result is a yearly increase estimated at 6.1% with a general pay rise of between Euro 2,008 and Euro 4,016 per year or approximately 7% for the lower pay grades and just under 4% for the highest. In addition to this general increase, 1% is set aside for wage regulation negotiations (July) and 1.3% for local negotiations. The local parties have to monitor the gender pay gap and negotiate to remove it. In addition improvements have been agreed for older workers. From the age of 62 employees are entitled to eight days off without pay deduction and local negotiations can improve on this by up to six days. The ballot will be concluded on 23 June.
(English: http://www.epsu.org/spip/cob.php3?id_mot=260#a3863)

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Airport workers began strike action on 16 May in support of changes in their pay system. Over the... [more]

Airport workers began strike action on 16 May in support of changes in their pay system. Over the following days some 400 workers, many with responsibilities for rescue and emergency services, in 13 airports around the country joined the action until a new agreement was negotiated late on 20 May. The agreement does not just provide for a higher pay increase overall, but includes larger payments for working outside normal hours and at weekends. The general pay increase will be at least Euro 2,400 a year.
(English: http://www.epsu.org/spip/cob.php3?id_mot=259#a3826;
Norwegian: http://www.lostat.no/default.aspx?m=3&amid=3202)

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Psychiatric nurses organized in the SIPTU general union and in the Psychiatric Nurses Association... [more]

Psychiatric nurses organized in the SIPTU general union and in the Psychiatric Nurses Association (PNA) have suspended their industrial action following acceptance of a revised compensation package covering violence at work. The package emerged from negotiations with the Health Service Executive (HSE) and extends greatly the number of grounds for claims, recognizes the importance of dealing with the psychological trauma violence can cause and increases compensation up to 66%. SIPTU National Nursing Official, Louise O'Reilly, said, "It is a pity that it took industrial action, including an overtime ban, to force the employers to look after nurses who have been injured as a result of assaults, but we are pleased that our action has been vindicated".
(English: http://www.epsu.org/spip/cob.php3?id_mot=259#a3818; http://www.siptu.ie/PressRoom/NewsReleases/2008/Name,10286,en.html)

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After months of tough struggle, during which six representatives of the OZ KOVO union were dismis... [more]

After months of tough struggle, during which six representatives of the OZ KOVO union were dismissed, and a 30-hour factory occupation and blockade in late April, workers of the Kolarovo plant (2,000 workers) of car products supplier Kromberg & Schubert (K & S) have secured a 5% rise in basic pay rates. They will also get a lump-sum amount of SKK 1,000 (Euro 30) and increases in shift premiums for weekend work. Once the deal was reached, the K & S management told the union that the six representatives could return to work.
(English: Watson Wyatt Data Services, New Industrial Relations Europe, 5/2008; http://www.spectator.sk/articles/view/30980/3/kromberg_schubert_workers_protest_against_management.html)

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