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After some hard bargaining and the threat of strike action across the university sector, unions h... [more]

After some hard bargaining and the threat of strike action across the university sector, unions have managed to negotiate a deal that they believe delivers good employment protection with the employer withdrawing their demands for much greater working time flexibility and cuts in sick pay. The agreement runs from 1 March 2010 to 29 February 2012 and includes a pay increase of 0.98% from 1 November 2010. This is a 0.4% general increase and a 0.58% installment for the development of the salary system. In addition, a 5.5% lump sum of the monthly salary will be paid to compensate for the postponement of pay increases from this spring to the beginning of November 2010.
English: http://www.epsu.org/cob/358 ; http://www.pardia.fi/in_english/?

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Both the STAL and SINTAP trade unions report a very high level of support for the national public... [more]

Both the STAL and SINTAP trade unions report a very high level of support for the national public sector strike held on 4 March. They estimate turnout at between 75% and 85% with all parts of the public sector affected. The strike was in protest at the government's call for a public sector pay freeze and with a demand for a proper process of negotiation.
English: http://www.epsu.org/cob/358;
Portuguese: http://www.sintap.pt/downloads/up665.pdf; http://www.stal.pt/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=469&Itemid=1

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Negotiations in the state sector were initially difficult as the government wanted to freeze pay ... [more]

Negotiations in the state sector were initially difficult as the government wanted to freeze pay over the next two years. However, the unions managed to negotiate increases in pay and protection of the employment status of civil servants in light of the major reforms taking place across the state sector. The agreement runs from 1 March 2010 to 29 February 2012. An across-the-board-increase of 0.55% will be paid as of 1 March 2010 and an agency-specific instalment of 0.43%, which is to be agreed and implemented locally, will be paid on 1 September 2010. The agreed increases for the year 2010 are in total around 0.98%. Increases for 2011 will be negotiated by the end of January 2011. Antti Palo, President of Pardia, the Federation of Salaried Employees, called the outcomes satisfactory.
English: http://www.epsu.org/cob/358; http://www.pardia.fi/in_english/?

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The ADEDY civil service confederation has warned of further strike action in April in protest at ... [more]

The ADEDY civil service confederation has warned of further strike action in April in protest at cuts to public sector pay and pensions. ADEDY joined with the GSEE private sector confederation in a general strike on 11 March. Following a two-day strike on 16-17 March, energy workers have threatened another 48-hour strike unless the government withdraws a 7% pay cut and 10% cut in pensions.
English: http://www.epsu.org/cob/358; http://uk.reuters.com/article/;
Greek: http://www.adedy.gr/adedy/site/home/ws.csp

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After ten hours of negotiations, the management of the General Motors (GM) Opel plant in Figuerue... [more]

After ten hours of negotiations, the management of the General Motors (GM) Opel plant in Figueruelas, near Zaragoza, and the workers' monitoring commission of the plant reached a preliminary agreement to be ratified by employees. As reported by the UGT Secretary General in the plant, Peter Bona, the agreement implies lay-offs for 900 of 7,000 Opel Zaragoza workers. For the remaining workforce, a collective agreement will be in force including a 1% pay increase in 2010 and 2% increase each in 2011 and 2012.
English: http://www.barcelonareporter.com/index.php?/news/comments/
via http://www.labourstart.org/cgi-bin/show_news.pl?country=Spain

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The transport unions called off the strike planned for Thursday 4 March, giving parliament time t... [more]

The transport unions called off the strike planned for Thursday 4 March, giving parliament time to decide on their demand to cut taxes on non-wage benefits that are already part of work contracts. They did so after the caretaker cabinet and the lower house of parliament gave in to their demand to repeal a tax hike on benefits such as cheap transport fares, pointing at "the positive legislative progress so far" (See also this Collective Bargaining Newsletter Year 3 February 2010).
English: http://www.forexyard.com/en/news/Czech-unions-call-off-transportZ
via http://www.labourstart.org/cgi-bin/show_news.pl?country=Czech+Republic

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The Trade Union of Press Workers and Axel Springer Hungary Ltd. have concluded a collective agree... [more]

The Trade Union of Press Workers and Axel Springer Hungary Ltd. have concluded a collective agreement, which is valid from 1 February 2010 and lasts for an undefined period, thus regulating employment relations which were already in existence since 1996. The agreement includes the rights and obligations of parties, and regulates working time, resting time, holiday, wages and other benefits. The parties have agreed to review the agreement every year and amend if necessary.
English: M t‚ Komiljovics, union correspondent

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Under pressure of the FNV Bondgenoten union, Dutch Railways (NS) has abstained from the use of sc... [more]

Under pressure of the FNV Bondgenoten union, Dutch Railways (NS) has abstained from the use of scabs (strike-breakers) in order to clean stations and trains, becoming filthy after three days of strike of cleaners for a new collective agreement. At a demonstration of cleaning workers, Bondgenoten sector responsible Mari Martens said NS was "the most miserly of principals." In their campaign "Clean Enough", the cleaners demand a 3% pay increase, more training and higher travelling allowances. On a parliamentary hearing earlier in February, cleaners gave striking examples of work pressure linked with low pay. The cleaning employers' association argues not to be able to pay wage increases because of tariff pressure of the large principals. FNV Bondgenoten already aimed cleaners' actions at principals like NS, large banks, hospitals, and universities. On 27 February cleaners at Reed Elsevier offices went on strike too (See also this Collective Bargaining Newsletter Year 2 March 2009).
English: http://www.rnw.nl/english/article/dutch-train-cleaners-strike-over-pay
Dutch: http://www.fnvbondgenoten.nl/nieuws/actueel/verstandig_ns_26-02-2010/;
NRC Handelsblad, 27 February 2010; De Volkskrant, 24 February 2010

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Members of the Unite union working for IT services company Fujitsu have voted to accept proposals... [more]

Members of the Unite union working for IT services company Fujitsu have voted to accept proposals tabled by government conciliation service Acas aimed at resolving the dispute between Unite and the company over jobs, pay and pensions. The vote by a four to one majority in a 72% turnout means that the four month dispute, which involved 10 days of strike action, will end. In the course of the dispute the number of possible compulsory redundancies has been reduced from the initial 1,200 to less than 30 with an extension of employment until at least 26 March. In addition to an extension of the pension consultation period from October until at least 5 March 2010, a 5% increase in pay has been offered as compensation for the change to a defined contribution scheme (See also this Collective Bargaining Newsletter Year 3 January 2010).
English: http://www.unitetheunion.com/news__events/latest_news/unite_members_vote ...
via http://www.labourstart.org.uk/

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On 27 February, a clear majority of the collective bargaining committee of the ver.di services un... [more]

On 27 February, a clear majority of the collective bargaining committee of the ver.di services union has voted in favour of recommending the result reached after arbitration in federal and local government to the 120,000 union members involved. Union president Frank Bsirske said not to be shouting for joy with the result, but pointed out that the real income of the civil servants was safeguarded. A total pay raise of 3.5% is envisaged, with 1.2% increase backdated as of 1 January 2010, 0.6% as of 1 January 2011, also as of that date a lump sum payment of Euro 240, and a 0.5% increase as of 1 January 2011. The union emphasizes that these increases imply an impulse for purchasing power (See also this Collective Bargaining Newsletter Year 2 December 2009).
German: http://presse.verdi.de/pressemitteilungen/showNews?id=42f0ac82-23f8-11df ...

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