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Public sector workers are facing an across the board cut of 10% in salaries as well as the prospe... [more]

Public sector workers are facing an across the board cut of 10% in salaries as well as the prospect of a new pay structure that could result in cuts of up to 40% for some categories of workers. On 21 September, the CMKOS union confederation organised a national demonstration in Prague, in protest at planned changes to the labour code and attacks on public sector workers, in which health personnel, firefighters and police staff played an active role. The health sector union announced it will take strike action on 15 October if the government pushes ahead with its plans. A meeting on 30 September between Prime Minister Petr Neas and the unions brought no solution, though both sides said to be willing to continue negotiating.
English: http://www.epsu.org/cob/379
http://www.ceskenoviny.cz/news/zpravy/thousands-of-people-protest-in-prague ...
http://www.praguemonitor.com/2010/10/01/pm-unions-meeting-shows-no-progress ...
Czech: http://www.cmkos.cz/uvodni-strana/aktuality/2459-3/vyzva-krizoveho-stabu ...
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The European Day of Action in Spain took the form of a general strike, taking tens of thousands t... [more]

The European Day of Action in Spain took the form of a general strike, taking tens of thousands to the streets. The first general strike since 2002 set off demonstrations in more than 80 cities and towns to protest the austerity measures imposed by the Socialist Zapatero government. At midday, the two main union confederations said the strike was being heeded by 70% of employees and was a clear signal to the government to retract the reforms. By contrast, Labour Minister Celestino Corbacho said the strike had wide support in manufacturing, the automobile sector and in ports, but moderate backing in health, education, catering and the retail sector. "The strike was not called to topple the government, but it's up to the government if it wants to stay there," argued Ignacio Fernandez Toxo, leader of the CCOO union confederation, "If the government doesn't rectify, it is taking a suicidal path."
English: http://www.google.com/hostednews/canadianpress/article ...
via http://www.labourstart.org/cgi-bin/show_news.pl?country=Spain

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On 30 September, after eleven hours of negotiations agreement has been reached between IG Metall ... [more]

On 30 September, after eleven hours of negotiations agreement has been reached between IG Metall and the Employers' Association Steel (AGV Stahl) covering 85,000 workers of the steel industry in North Rhine-Westphalia, Lower Saxony and Bremen. In the week before the agreement, IG Metall and the steel workers had underlined their demands with warning strikes, in which about 18,000 steel workers participated. The wage part of the new agreement is valid until 31 October 2011 (14 months) and includes a lump sum payment of Euro 150 for all workers as compensation for September 2010; a wage increase of 3,6% as of 1 October 2010, and a larger percentage increase of the apprentice's pay of Euro 40. Further, from 1 January 2011 on all temporary agency workers in the steel industry will receive equal pay. If an agency does not pay equal wages, the steel company in question will be liable for the gap in the agency worker's pay, an arrangement which neutralizes a loophole in German law. The agreement was discussed by the collective bargaining commission in the morning of 30 September with overwhelming approval. The final decision on adoption will be taken on 7 October (See also this Collective Bargaining Newsletter Year 3 July-August 2010).
English: message of EUCOBAN network of EMF / EFFAT / ETUF-TCL / EMCEF
German: http://www.igmetall-nrw.de/Nachricht.29.0.html .

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On the European Day of Action, 29 September, public transport and other services in Athens went o... [more]

On the European Day of Action, 29 September, public transport and other services in Athens went on strike from 12 to 16 PM. GSEE, the General Confederation of Greek Workers, and ADEDY, the Civil Servants' Confederation organized a mass demonstration outside the European Union offices in the capital. The union confederations accuse the Papandreou government to follow closely the EU and IMF guidelines, focusing on budget cuts and lowering wages and benefits. Against this backdrop, it remains interesting to remind a survey held in May 2010 on the views of Greek employees and unemployed about the new labour market measures just announced by then, including the lowering of the minimum wage for workers under 25 of age. 86% of respondents considered these measures socially unjust. The views of respondents about the most appropriate way of addressing the crisis were of great interest. Of various measures suggested to alleviate the country's financial difficulties, most popular were criminalisation of major tax evasion (88% in favour), criminalisation of corruption in the public sector (88%), taxation of the church (87%), a bipartite agreement with Turkey on joint military spending cuts (72%), and a drastic reduction in armament programs (64%).
English: http://greece.greekreporter.com/2010/09/29/european-action-day-strike-wave ...
http://www.eurofound.europa.eu/eiro/2010/07/articles/gr1007019i.htm
Greek: http://www.vprc.gr/uplds/File/teleytaia nea/Oikonomikh ...

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IBEC, the country's main employers' association, has called upon unions not to entertain any clai... [more]

IBEC, the country's main employers' association, has called upon unions not to entertain any claims for pay rises in 2011 or 2012 on the basis that wage levels remain significantly out of line with many of the country's key trading partners. Jack O'Connor, President of SIPTU and the Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU), has challenged IBEC's assertion that a pay freeze to 2013 would support jobs. "Jobs are the critical issue, but a blanket pay freeze is not the right way to go", he said, arguing that "A much more subtle approach is required. Our exports are booming but domestic consumption is still declining. Persuading people to spend again is the key to jobs." O'Connor stressed that Irish labour costs fell by 2.9% in 2009 and are expected to fall by a further 5.1% in 2010. Eamon Devoy of the ICTU's private sector committee also rejected IBEC's call, stating: "A unilateral call for a pay freeze is a recipe for conflict. Far from helping our economic recovery it will undermine it further."
English: http://www.siptu.ie/PressRoom/NewsReleases/Headline/Name,11961,en.html
http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/breaking/2010/0930/breaking34.html

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On 28 September, unions and management at car producer Ford in Genk signed an agreement guarantee... [more]

On 28 September, unions and management at car producer Ford in Genk signed an agreement guaranteeing job security until 2020. The unions have agreed to put their signature to a savings plan. In return the management is offering the workforce job security to 4,500 workers; the plant will assemble three new models, versions of the Mondeo, Galaxy and S-Max. Personnel costs will be cut by 12%. In the years to come wage increases will be 2% lower than envisaged, and facilities such as free company coach travel and the works canteen will be scrapped. Rohnny Champagne of the ABVV Metal Union said that the workforce was in broad agreement with the plan, though some people were unhappy about the loss of wage increases. He added that the promise of job security until 2020 of course made the medicine more acceptable. If one of the three new models planned for the plant is not a success, a fourth new model is held in prospect.
Dutch: http://www.abvvmetaal.be/index.php?option .
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According to recent research based on the continuous WageIndicator web survey (in Germany called ... [more]

According to recent research based on the continuous WageIndicator web survey (in Germany called Lohnspiegel), wholesale dealers (Grosshandelskaufleute) earn considerably more if covered by a collective agreement than their colleagues not covered by collective agreement. Based on answers of about 1,500 respondents, it has been calculated that this occupational group earned on average gross monthly Euro 2,881 if covered by agreement, or 13% more than the non-covered (Euro 2,508). About 26% of the responding wholesale dealers were women; they earned on average Euro 432 or 16% less than their male colleagues (See also this Collective Bargaining Newsletter Year 3 March 2010).
German: http://www.lohnspiegel.de/main/zusatzinformationen/grosshandelskaufleute

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The Ver.di services union has criticised the government for not maintaining the provision of trai... [more]

The Ver.di services union has criticised the government for not maintaining the provision of training in elder care. The union points out that over 14,000 people, over half of whom were on state benefits, had benefited from training in elder care. Ver.di sees this as successful both in terms of helping the unemployed get new skills and find jobs but also in beginning to address what is a growing problem of staff shortages in the care sector. However, the government has decided not to continue the training scheme beyond the end of 2010.
English: http://www.epsu.org/cob/379#a6850
German: http://presse.verdi.de/pressemitteilungen/showNews .
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On 9 October, the CISL and UIL confederations will be demonstrating in Rome to call for an extens... [more]

On 9 October, the CISL and UIL confederations will be demonstrating in Rome to call for an extensive reform of the Italian tax system. The key issues of the joint platform include: a stronger commitment and more effective controls to fight tax evasion and tax fraud; less taxation on employees' wages and pensions, and automatic adjustments linked to the Ipca index to neutralize fiscal drag. The confederations stress that the current priority is not wage moderation, but higher pay by lowering taxation and using the productivity lever. According to the new bargaining system part of the savings obtained in each public administration by reorganizing service provision can be used for additional salaries and particularly to reward increases in productivity. Since last year, productivity payments enjoy a 10% fiscal benefit, but only in the private sector, and the CISL public sector federation wants these benefits to be extended to public workers.
English and Italian: report CISL FP International Office (Mirko Checcacci)

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The largest public sector union, UNISON, has warned that the battle for public services could tie... [more]

The largest public sector union, UNISON, has warned that the battle for public services could tie up Britain's legal system for decades with court claims against employers for failing to carry out equality impact assessments before cutting jobs and public services. Councils have spent years dealing with legal challenges to settle equal pay claims and union leaders warned they were ready to open a new front. The union has more than 30,000 equal pay claims live in the courts against more than 300 councils and 200 NHS trusts. Dave Prentis, UNISON general secretary, said: "The vast majority of our members are women and we have spent decades fighting for equal pay and to ensure that women are treated fairly in the workplace. We will not stand back and see all that work undone by councils cutting jobs indiscriminately."
English: http://www.localgov.co.uk/index.cfm?method=news.detail&id=92064
via http://www.labourstart.org.uk/
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