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On 8 April, cleaners at Schiphol Airport ended their four days' strike after the employers had me... [more]

On 8 April, cleaners at Schiphol Airport ended their four days' strike after the employers had met most of their demands. The FNV Bondgenoten (FNV Allies) union called this result a "great victory". The cleaners have won travel expenses, job security and a Euro 50 bonus. Schiphol Airport will improve canteen as well as union facilities. In addition, all Dutch cleaners will receive a one-off bonus of 0.5% of their yearly wage. The cleaners' strike was the culmination point of a campaign of over three months, that received broad support from fellow workers and the general public (See also this Collective Bargaining Newsletter, Year 2 March).
English: http://unionrenewal.blogspot.com/2009/04/victory-for-amsterdam-airport-cleaners.html
Dutch: http://www.fnvbondgenoten.nl/branches_bedrijven/branches/dienstverlening/schoonmaak/overwinning_voor_schoonmakers_/

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Miners at Europe's largest coal company, Poland's Kompania Weglowa, decided not to effectuate a 2... [more]

Miners at Europe's largest coal company, Poland's Kompania Weglowa, decided not to effectuate a 24-hour strike action on 7 April, following an agreement on wages five days earlier. State-owned Kompania Weglowa and most of the 12 unions representing miners, led by NSZZ Solidarnosc and Kadra as well as the Polish Miners' Trade Union, reached an accord including significant wage increases for 2009. On 2 April, the company's supervisory board agreed to increase salaries by PLN 900 per month (Euro 200), or about 5%. The miners' unions had initially been seeking an 8% increase, but lowered demands to 6% during mid-March mediation efforts (See also this Collective Bargaining Newsletter Year 2 March 2009).
English: http://www.icem.org/en/78-ICEM-InBrief/3126-Polish-Miners-at-Kompania-Weglowa-Agree-to-Wage-Terms

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Demonstrators, in the hundreds of thousands, marched through the streets of Rome on Saturday 4 Ap... [more]

Demonstrators, in the hundreds of thousands, marched through the streets of Rome on Saturday 4 April in a protest organised by the CGIL, Italy's largest union confederation, against Silvio Berlusconi's government's response to the economic crisis. CGIL leaders urged Berlusconi to open negotiations with them to discuss ways of dealing with the crisis. "This is a day we will remember for a long time," said Guglielmo Epifani, general secretary of the CGIL, "There are so many of us. We represent the part of Italy that works, the pensioners, those without stable jobs."
English: http://www.france24.com/en/20090404-italian-protesters-gather-en-masse-rome-coliseum-demonstrators-economic; http://www.dw-world.de/dw/article/0,,4152235,00.html
via http://www.labourstart.org/cgi-bin/show_news.pl?country=Italy

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The FNV Bondgenoten union has agreed with Bovag, the retail trade association of car dealers, on ... [more]

The FNV Bondgenoten union has agreed with Bovag, the retail trade association of car dealers, on a package of measures to keep vulnerable workers in employment within the sector, through temporary measures financed by the industry itself. Employers retaining older workers can get a grant up to Euro 10,000 per worker, while they also can claim a pension guarantee up to Euro 5,000. A third measure includes a training guarantee for students combining work and learning in the so-called BBL scheme.
English: press release FNV Bondgenoten

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On 1 April, parties involved in the national wage bargaining round, the Norwegian Confederations ... [more]

On 1 April, parties involved in the national wage bargaining round, the Norwegian Confederations of Trade Unions (LO) and the NHO employers' association, came to an agreement. There will be a general wage increase of NOK 1 (Euro 0.11) per hour, with an extra NOK 1 for the lowest paid workers, those below 90% of an average industrial worker's wage. The general wage increase adds up to NOK 2,200 (Euro 227) per year. "We should consider the fact that we are in a difficult situation in the industry," LO president Roar Fl†then commented.
English: http://www.norwaypost.no/content/view/21848/26/
via http://www.labourstart.org/cgi-bin/show_news.pl?country=Norway

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The VIDA services union has negotiated a 3.55% pay increase for employees at the Josefstadt and D... [more]

The VIDA services union has negotiated a 3.55% pay increase for employees at the Josefstadt and D”bling private clinics. VIDA's federal secretary for the sector, Rudolf Wagner, said that it had been important for the union to secure a pay rise for the 530 workers that was in line with pay awards in the rest of the sector. The main health and social services sectoral agreement was negotiated at the end of 2008 and included a 3.6% pay increase from 1 January 2009.
English: http://www.epsu.org/cob/302;
German: http://www.vida.at/servlet/ContentServer?pagename=S03/Page/Index&n=S03_0.a&cid=1237936219190

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On March 27, the FGTB union confederation and zij-kant, the progressive women's movement, celebra... [more]

On March 27, the FGTB union confederation and zij-kant, the progressive women's movement, celebrated the fifth edition of Equal Pay Day. March 27 is the date up to which Belgian women on average had to work in 2009 - on top of their 2008 salary - to equal the 2008 salary wage of their male counterparts. The organisers emphasize that, unless small improvements, the gender wage gap is far from being closed. They demand improvements in child care facilities; more attention for gender in education; upgrading of so-called female occupations and sectors; gender-neutral job classification systems, and a statutory social dialogue at company level concerning wage transparency and personnel policies.
Dutch: http://www.fgtb.be/code/nl/fram004.htm

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The eight public sector trade union federations (CFDT, CFTC, CFE-CGC, CGT, FO, FSE, Solidaires, a... [more]

The eight public sector trade union federations (CFDT, CFTC, CFE-CGC, CGT, FO, FSE, Solidaires, and UNSA) have joined together to condemn the government's failure to respond to any of their demands. The federations met with public service minister Eric Woerth on 3 March and called for a moratorium on job cuts, negotiations on an increase in pay in view of the decline of real pay since 2000 and a reform of the public sector pay system. Woerth simply restated government policy, failing to take account of the impact on citizens and service quality. As a consequence, the eight federations organized a second nationwide day of action on 19 March. The response was even better than on 29 January: around three million workers are estimated to have taken part in over 200 demonstrations around the country. The federations meet again on 30 March to decide about the next steps in their campaign.
English: http://www.epsu.org/cob/302;
French: http://www.force-ouvriere.fr/page_principal/communique/index.asp?fl=&id=1621&nbre;
http://www.cgt.fr/spip.php?article35857;
http://www.cfdt.fr/rewrite/article/18551/actualites/le-19-mars,-une—journee-reussie—de-mobilisation.htm?idRubrique=6864

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The fourth round of negotiations in regional government produced a two-year agreement with a pay ... [more]

The fourth round of negotiations in regional government produced a two-year agreement with a pay increase of Euro 40 plus 3% in 2009 and a further 1.2% in 2010. With the Euro 40 increase worth around 1.6%, this produces a 5.8% increase over the two years from 1 March 2009. A lump sum of Euro 40 is also being paid to the 700,000 workers in regional government to cover the two-month period between the previous agreement and the new agreement. The ver.di services union has surveyed its membership to get their response to the deal. Overall just under 69% of those voting supported the agreement but this figure rose to 80% in the East.
English: http://www.epsu.org/cob/302;
German: http://presse.verdi.de/aktuelle-themen/tarifrunde_2009_laender; http://presse.verdi.de/pressemitteilungen/showNews?id=2893abca-0fe3-11de-6723-0019b9e321e1

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The FSP-UGT public service federation has called for a new agreement in the general public admini... [more]

The FSP-UGT public service federation has called for a new agreement in the general public administration that would require action to uncover the main reasons for continuing inequality between men and women. The union says it wants to work with the equality units that should have been set up in each Ministry according to recent legislation, although so far only two are up and running. The federation argues that if it is possible to identify the main factors that contribute to inequality, it will be possible to draw up a plan of action to deal with them.
English: http://www.epsu.org/cob/302;
Spanish: http://www.fspugt.es/index.php/mod.noticias/mem.detalle/idnoticia.8246/cat.1029

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