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The new part-time unemployment scheme that the government introduced as of 1 April seemed already... [more]

The new part-time unemployment scheme that the government introduced as of 1 April seemed already to come at its end by 23 June, when Jan-Hein Donner, Minister of Social Affairs and Employment, announced a halt because of the reserved Euro 375 million had been spent. The announcement led to a broad protest, including the major three trade union confederation FNV, CNV and MHP, and the employers 'association VNO-NCW. Obviously because of this pressure, two days later the Minister announced the prolongation of the scheme, be it applying more tight criteria for companies willing to use the scheme. For the time being, the social partners are opposing such tightening (See also this Collective Bargaining Newsletter Year 2, March, April and May).
Dutch: De Volkskrant, June 23 and 25, 2009
English: http://www.monstersandcritics.com/news/business/news/ .

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The Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU) has said that it is disappointed with aspects of the go... [more]

The Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU) has said that it is disappointed with aspects of the governments' most recent proposals for economic recovery. However speaking after a meeting of ICTU's executive council, general secretary David Begg said that the Government proposals were "the only show in town". Mr Begg said the ICTU's members would not expect to walk away when it could influence events, though he also stipulated that ICTU did not have sufficient information to make judgements on the proposals and would be seeking clarifications. The union leader said that there were also concerns at the government proposal to suspend a review of the minimum wage until 2011. However he said it would continue to be a floor for wage formation in the economy (See also this Collective Bargaining Newsletter Year 2 April and May).
English: http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/breaking/2009/0624/breaking30.htm
via http://www.labourstart.org/cgi-bin/show_news.pl?country=Ireland

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On 23 June, hundreds of engineering construction workers at the Lindsey oil refinery of Total bu... [more]

On 23 June, hundreds of engineering construction workers at the Lindsey oil refinery of Total burned dismissal notices on Monday after they were sacked for going on strike. The latest dispute began two weeks ag0, when a subcontractor for Total made 51 workers redundant while another contractor was hiring 61 staff on the same project. After hundreds stopped work in protest and unofficial strikes spread by text and flying pickets across the UK, 647 workers were sacked. Consequently, across the energy sector thousands walked out in protest. Among others, more than 1,000 contract builders at the new Ensus biofuel refinery on Teesside decided to stay on unofficial strike after receiving text messages on a grapevine set up by members of the GMB and Unite unions. The unions prepare to ballot 30,000 workers to turn the wildcat walkouts into an official strike.
English: http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2009/jun/24/strike-action-recession
http://www.minimumwage.org.uk/news.asp;
http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2009/jun/24/lindsey-sympathy-strikes

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On Monday 22 June, a 24 hours' strike by railway workers aimed at bringing all rail services in F... [more]

On Monday 22 June, a 24 hours' strike by railway workers aimed at bringing all rail services in Finland to a halt. The industrial action by the Railway Workers Union and the Railway Salaried Staff's Union was meant as a to protest the state's corporate ownership policies. "The idea that the main task of VR (the state-owned railway company) is to transport people and goods safely has been excessively supplanted by market-driven thinking", Vesa Mauriala, chairman of the Railway Workers Union, explained. The unions are also protesting previously announced temporary redundancies among personnel. The strike does not seem to have caused major traffic jams.
English: http://www.hs.fi/english/article/Protest ...
http://www.hs.fi/english/article/Railway ...

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On 22 June, over 3,000 workers of the Enea energy company went on strike over alleged breaches of... [more]

On 22 June, over 3,000 workers of the Enea energy company went on strike over alleged breaches of Poland's labour law. Protests took place in the Wielkopolska, West Pomerania, Kujawy-Pomerania and Lubuskie provinces in the west and north of the country.ÿ"The company is violating basic rules of the Labour Code," claims Piotr Adamski, head of the Solidarity trade union at Enea. "Although the law guarantees Enea's employees a pay rise, the company has not increased salaries as yet. Besides, Enea keeps on prolonging contracts for a specified time with newly employed workers, which is illegal," maintains Adamski.ÿ
English: http://polskieradio.pl/thenews/business/artykul110580_energy_workers_on_strike_.html
via http://www.labourstart.org/cgi-bin/show_news.pl?country=Poland

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Saturday 13 June was the fifth of this year's series of national mobilisations over pay, public s... [more]

Saturday 13 June was the fifth of this year's series of national mobilisations over pay, public services and the crisis in France. The eight main national trade union confederations (CGT, CFDT, FO, CFTC, CFE-CGC, FSU, UNSA et Solidaires) and their affiliated unions have tried to maintain the level of support, but are aware they need to take stock of their campaign. Unions estimate on 13 June some 150,000 people took part in 159 actions around the country and one opinion poll indicated that nearly three in four of the population backed the demonstrations. However, unions are discussing on how to maintain the pressure on the government in the lead up to their planned meeting with President Sarkozy in early July (See also this Collective Bargaining Newsletter Year 2 March, April and May 2009).
English: http://www.epsu.org/cob/312;
French: http://www.force-ouvriere.fr/page_principal/semaine/ .;
http://www.spterritoriaux.cgt.fr/spip.php?article3235

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The PPC national power company has decided to create 2,300 new jobs in addition to the 2,300 jobs... [more]

The PPC national power company has decided to create 2,300 new jobs in addition to the 2,300 jobs that it has already advertised. The company's initiative comes in the face of determined demands from the GENOP energy union to take on an additional 7,000 workers. The union has been arguing that a shortage of trained workers and an increasing reliance on contractors have undermined health and safety in the company - four workers have been killed since the beginning of the year.
English: http://www.epsu.org/cob/312;
http://www.reuters.com/article/rbssIndustry ...
Greek: http://www.genop.gr/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=595&Itemid=1

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The ABVAKABO public services union reports that after a poor start some progress has been made in... [more]

The ABVAKABO public services union reports that after a poor start some progress has been made in negotiations covering provincial government. The employers have responded positively on four issues: extra jobs targeted at the unemployed; the introduction of training budgets for individual workers; changes to the pay structure that will particularly benefit employees who are on the top of their scale; and new arrangements for carers so that they can temporarily change their working hours. The union warns, however, that some hard bargaining remains over pay and employment security (See also this Collective Bargaining Newsletter Year 2 May).
English: http://www.epsu.org/cob/312;
Dutch: http://www.abvakabofnv.nl/cao/bericht/goede_onderhandelingen_cao_provincies/

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The FOA public service union is threatening the Silkeborg local authority with legal action unles... [more]

The FOA public service union is threatening the Silkeborg local authority with legal action unless it ensures that it will pay local allowances to its employees. The FOA co-ordinated strike action among educational workers and teaching assistants last spring, secured a slightly higher increase than in the municipal agreement. However, the union says that Silkeborg appears to be trying to cut local allowances while implementing the national agreement. This could cost the workers affected as much as DKK 1,400 (Euro 188) a month.
English: http://www.epsu.org/cob/312;
Danish: http://www.foa.dk/sw497631.asp

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Under the motto "We Are One", using the public relations slogan of the EON energy company, servic... [more]

Under the motto "We Are One", using the public relations slogan of the EON energy company, services union ver.di on 18 June launched an EON Action Day, including a demonstration outside the EON headquarters in Dsseldorf. The protest is over the company's "savings" programme that unions fear could lead to the loss of 6,000 jobs across Europe with outsourcing affecting a further 4,000 employees who are likely to find themselves covered by poorer collective agreements or by no collective agreement at all. Unions are particularly critical of the company because it recently announced substantial profits and a 10% increase in its dividend payments. Union representatives from EON companies in the UK, the Netherlands, France, Belgium, Italy, Hungary and Romania joined the protest in Dsseldorf. Sven Bergelin, ver.di and President of the EPSU energy group said: "There should be no redundancies. EON is to have a positive relation with the trade unions and respect collective agreements European-wide".
English: http://www.epsu.org/cob/312; http://www.epsu.org/a/5313;
German: http://presse.verdi.de/pressemitteilungen/show ...

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