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Harri Taliga, chairman of the Estonian Central Union of Trade Unions, told a newspaper to have re... [more]

Harri Taliga, chairman of the Estonian Central Union of Trade Unions, told a newspaper to have reason to believe that the government and central employers' organization have agreed in advance not to increase the minimum wage. Taliga claims that the Employers' Confederation had agreed to increase the minimum wage by the previous year's inflation rate which means that the 2009 minimum wage should be 10% higher than in 2008: "Now they have retracted from their promise." The Employers' Confederation chairman Tarmo Kriis denied such agreement with the government. He said that the opinion of employers is to wait until statistical data about the economic growth of the first quarter 2009 is available. Trade unions are demanding that the new minimum wage should be EEK 4,750 a month (Euro 304), an uplift of EEK 400 (Euro 25.58) or 9.2%. The Central Union of Trade Unions has decided to ask its membership at an extraordinary meeting in January, which action to take as to raise the minimum wage.
(English: http://www.balticbusinessnews.com/Default2.aspx?ArticleID=7c63c235-0be8-4ffb-a2eb-3331b1529f47)

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Hungarian railway workers began an indefinite strike on Sunday 14 December. Like at earlier occas... [more]

Hungarian railway workers began an indefinite strike on Sunday 14 December. Like at earlier occasions in January and July 2008, the Free Union of Railway Workers (VDSZSZ) as the main union is demanding a one-off payment of HUF 250,000 (Euro 930) to every worker as a share in the proceeds from the recent privatization of MAV Cargo, the spun-off freight division of the Hungarian Railway Company. Other demands include retrospective supplementary payments and the scrapping of a new timetable that includes branch line closures. On 29 December, the MAV management and most unions agreed on a collective contract, in effect from 1 January 2009 to 31 January 2010 and including a 4.1% pay rise. The VDSZSZ union refused to sign the agreement and is still pressing for a 7% wage increase. (See also this Collective Bargaining Newsletter Year 1 No. 6).
(English: http://www.eurofound.europa.eu/eiro/2008/02/articles/hu0802069i.htm; http://www.dw-world.de/dw/article/0,,3874848,00.html; http://www.caboodle.hu/nc/news/news_archive/single_page/article/11/hungarian_ra-24/?cHash=90e7caf3bf via http://www.labourstart.org/cgi-bin/show_news.pl?country=Hungary)

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The government is expected to issue invitations to the social partners to take part in talks on p... [more]

The government is expected to issue invitations to the social partners to take part in talks on plans for economic recovery in early January. There has been widespread speculation that it will seek to extend the current 11-month pay pause in the public service or even introduce pay cuts in some cases as part of the forthcoming talks. Under the current national pay deal, over 300,000 public sector staff are due to receive a 3.5% wage increase next September. In a letter to senior activists in the Impact trade union, general secretary Peter McLoone said that "an incomes policy" would undoubtedly form part of the talks and that this would "present enormous challenges". However, nobody had as yet mentioned, never mind discussed, the issues of pay or pensions, he added. At the forthcoming talks the Irish Congress of Trade Unions (Ictu) is expected to press for government measures to assist home-owners who default on mortgage payments on their homes. Ictu is also likely to press government to take action to prevent pension schemes from collapsing as a result of the recent economic turmoil.
(English: http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/ireland/2008/1229/1229728603393.html via http://www.labourstart.org/cgi-bin/show_news.pl?country=Ireland)

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On 22 December, the three union confederations have agreed upon the new national agreement (so-ca... [more]

On 22 December, the three union confederations have agreed upon the new national agreement (so-called inter-professional accord or IPA) for 2009-2010. Board members of the three confederations call it an exceptional accord for exceptional times and emphasize that the result does not bring them in a jubilant mood. They regard as positive points the continuation of the country's automatic indexation system, higher freedom from taxes for employees' commuting costs (net Euro 250) and for meal costs, improvement of social benefits through repartition and higher benefits for temporary unemployment. There were considerable reservations among union militants in discussing the accord results, especially in the ABVV/FGTB confederation, where 68.7% voted in favour of the accord. Militants projected the outcomes against the lack of obligations for employers to preserve employment, seen against the backdrop of huge state support for finance and manufacturing firms.
(Dutch: http://www.sociare.be/page?&orl=1&ssn=&lng=1&page=nieuws&nws=753; http://www.pvda.be/nl/nieuws/artikel/article/ipa-2009-2010-echt-zon-uitzonderlijk-akkoord.html)

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In November and December a substantial number of firms, including car manufacturers Renault and P... [more]

In November and December a substantial number of firms, including car manufacturers Renault and PSA, steel producer ArcelorMittal and tire manufacturer Michelin have called upon the French short-time compensation program. If accepted, in cases of economic difficulties under exceptional conditions and with sales falling at least by 50%, participants in funds for "ch“mage technique" or "ch“mage partiel" can fall back on state-governed funds for payment of 50% of wages during maximum 600 hours. In mid-December President Nicolas Sarkozy proposed to widen these arrangements, and subsequently the Ministry of Labour has prolonged the 600-hours term generally to 800 hours and for a number of industries even to 1,000 hours, including car manufacturing.
Moreover, local experiments with so-called "transition contracts" under which redundant workers receive full pay for a year and intensive assistance to find new jobs, are to be extended as part of the government's Euro 26 billion plan to combat unemployment and stimulate the French economy.
(English: Watson Wyatt Data Services, New Industrial Relations Europe, 12/2008; French: http://info.assedic.fr/employeurs/index.php?idmenu=86&idarticle=18&chemin=83%7C86%7C&idPage=631ec05905c790bb350542e808b87180; http://www.lemonde.fr/cgi-bin/ACHATS/acheter.cgi?offre=ARCHIVES&type_item=ART_ARCH_30J&objet_id=1060260)

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On 9 December two unions launched a strike at Budapest's Ferihegy International Airport to demand... [more]

On 9 December two unions launched a strike at Budapest's Ferihegy International Airport to demand a new collective agreement and a halt to lay-offs. Initially the strike caused severe delays and flight cancellations. In the course of the strike the Joint Aviation Trade Union reported that the airport operator, Germany-based Hochtief AG, attempted to employ unqualified and untrained workers as strike-breakers, which could undermine safety. On 22 December, the striking unions organised a demonstration outside the German embassy in Budapest to push for a deal with Hochtief.
(English: http://www.reuters.com/article/rbssIndustryMaterialsUtilitiesNews/idUSLM56382720081222;
http://www.itfglobal.org/news-online/index.cfm/newsdetail/2916)

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The large car manufacturers were the first to take recourse to various short time arrangements. T... [more]

The large car manufacturers were the first to take recourse to various short time arrangements. Though already by mid-November the Daimler concern central announced a general step towards short time linked up with the collective agreement ("Arbeitszeitverkrzung"), later arrangements proved to be more refined and mainly based on short-time arrangements ("Kurzarbeit") to be agreed with the official labour agency authorities (Bundesagentur fr Arbeit). In the latter cases, lowered wages can partly be compensated by social funds ("Kurzarbeitergeld" or Kug), under conditions of a temporary but most likely passing loss of work for at least 30% of the workforce. Such an arrangement needs the consent of the works council, to be laid down in a company collective agreement.
In Daimler's November announcement, the HR officer in charge already announced prolonged Christmas holidays up to four weeks for all 150,000 employees in Germany, in a number of plants to be continued by ongoing measures. In Daimler's major Sindelfingen plant, a "Kurzarbeit" arrangement will be in force from 12 January till 31 March 2009 for two-thirds of the 28,000-strong workforce, and during the same period in its Untertrkheim plant for about 10,000 of 18,000 workers. Yet no special arrangements have been announced for Daimler's truck division, employing 80,000, contrary to MAN, a major competitor in the truck market. MAN announced 40 to 50 closure days in the first six months of 2009. In the course of December companies from other branches, like the large printing machine firm Heidelberger Druck and major steel producer ThyssenKrupp, also called for application of the Kug regulation.
(German:
http://blog.daimler.de/2008/12/12/ueber-verlaengerte-weihnachtspausen-und-kurzarbeit/#more-667; http://www.spiegel.de/wirtschaft/0,1518,595509,00.html; http://www.epochtimes.de/articles/2008/11/25/374595.html; http://fau-duesseldorf.org/nachrichten/dokumentation-thyssen-krupp-setzt-nun-ganz-massiv-auf-kurzarbeit)

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The 2009 pay rise for civil servants will be 6.6% rather than 5%, according to a Czech news repor... [more]

The 2009 pay rise for civil servants will be 6.6% rather than 5%, according to a Czech news report on a parliamentary vote on December 10. The minister for labour proposed the higher increase in response to current economic conditions and a large majority of MPs supported the proposal, although the finance minister was among the small minority voting against. However, the overall budget still has to be approved by President Vaclav Klaus.
(English: http://www.epsu.org/cob/280; http://www.ceskenoviny.cz/tema/index_view.php?id=349098&id_seznam=2185)

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After four rounds of negotiations the public sector trade unions G™D and GdG agreed to accept a 3... [more]

After four rounds of negotiations the public sector trade unions G™D and GdG agreed to accept a 3.55% increase for 2009 for the 350,000 public sector workers. The union boards see this as a positive result in view of the difficult economic circumstances and were determined to secure increases to pay and rejected any lump sum payments as part of the deal. Salary increases are negotiated each year and apply from 1 January. The increase also applies to other elements of pay and allowances. (See also this Collective Bargaining Newsletter Year 1 No. 8).
(English: http://www.epsu.org/cob/280; German: http://www.goed.at/14801.html; http://www.gdg.at/servlet/ContentServer?pagename=C01/Page/Index&n=C01_0.a&cid=1227275602238)

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The GPA-DJP and vida trade unions have negotiated a 3.6% pay increase for the 75,000 workers cove... [more]

The GPA-DJP and vida trade unions have negotiated a 3.6% pay increase for the 75,000 workers covered by the BAGS collective agreement. The increase applies from 1 January 2009 and includes other salary-related payments. An important element of the deal is the agreement by the employers to take on training costs. The BAGS covers workers in involved in the care of the disabled and the elderly as well as childcare workers and other occupations. The agreement was introduced in some regions in 2004 only on the basis of setting minimum rates of pay, but its pay structure will now be applied in full and this will mean increases of 4% and higher for some workers.
(English: http://www.epsu.org/cob/280; German: http://www.gpa-djp.at/servlet/ContentServer?pagename=GPA/Page/Index&n=GPA_0.a&cid=1227275599571; http://www.vida.at/servlet/ContentServer?pagename=S03/Page/Index&n=S03_0.a&cid=1227275602291)

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