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The Solidarnosc union stepped up its fight for a collective agreement with Solid Security in Wars... [more]

The Solidarnosc union stepped up its fight for a collective agreement with Solid Security in Warsaw, by leafletting on the issues affecting Polish security workers at IKEA's worldwide flagship store in Stockholm. IKEA is Solid's leading client in the Warsaw market. With help from the Swedish Transport Workers Union and other affiliates of the UNI Global Union, Solidarnosc also ran an advertisement in a leading Swedish daily newspaper, the Svenska Dagbladet, highlighting the key issues in this ongoing dispute: failure to pay into the Social Fund, which provides healthcare and leave benefits to the children of security workers, and discrimination against workers for union activity. "This action was a great example of international union solidarity," said Alice Dale, head of UNI Property Services.
English: http://www.uniglobalunion.org/Apps/iportal.nsf/pages/sec_20081016_gbg7En

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On 6 January, unions and employers' organisations started hammering out new collective agreements... [more]

On 6 January, unions and employers' organisations started hammering out new collective agreements for almost 600,000 private employees. According to the LO union confederation about 20% of them are non-unionised, against 15% in 1998. Companies are counting on reducing salaries or providing insignificant pay increases, and unions are not willing to give in. Employment consultancy firm Multidata contacted 105 companies facing negotiations and found that they were expecting to pay an average increase of 1.8%, whereas inflation is expected to be 2%. The government's economic advisory council earlier predicted that wage-earners would see an average increase of 2.7%.
English: http://www.cphpost.dk/news/national/88-national/47894-union- ... via http://www.labourstart.org/cgi-bin/show_news.pl?country=Denmark

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Cleaners, porters, cooks and other workers employed by the Sodexo company at North Devon District... [more]

Cleaners, porters, cooks and other workers employed by the Sodexo company at North Devon District Hospital in the South West of England were due to take two days' strike action on 4 and 5 January. They are protesting about the failure of the company and the hospital to ensure that the workers are paid in line with the national health sector agreement (Agenda for Change). Higher pay rates should have been introduced in as long ago as 2006.
English: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/devon/8440475.stm; http://www.unison.org.uk/news/news_view.asp?did=5837

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Slovakia's minimum wage has been increased by 4.1% to Euro 307.70 per month as of 1 January 2010,... [more]

Slovakia's minimum wage has been increased by 4.1% to Euro 307.70 per month as of 1 January 2010, in line with a government decision made in October. The Labour Ministry originally planned to increase the 2009 minimum wage of Euro 295.50 by 8.1% as proposed by the union movement. The tripartite Economic and Social Council met several times to discuss the issue but was unable to reach agreement. "I insist that this (increase) shouldn't have the sort of impact that could cause a problem," said Labour Minister Viera Tomanov , adding that the government is protecting the most vulnerable group of citizens.
English: http://www.spectator.sk/articles/view/37532/10/slovakias_minimum .; http://www.eurofound.europa.eu/eiro/2009/10/articles/sk0910019i.htm

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The Malta Union of Teachers has declared an industrial dispute with the government, as it had ann... [more]

The Malta Union of Teachers has declared an industrial dispute with the government, as it had announced to do if by 1 January 2010 no progress was made on the long-running issue of payment of allowances. According to the union, the government had committed itself in June 2009 to examine the situation with regard to allowances by 1 January, but it had not been informed of any progress. The union council will meet again on 11 January and may order industrial action if the situation remains unchanged. Teachers went out on a one-day strike over the same issue last year and also observed a work-to-rule.
English: http://www.timesofmalta.com/articles/view/20100105/local/teachers . via http://www.labourstart.org/cgi-bin/show_news.pl?country=Malta

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A strike by French dockers on 4 January disrupted freight traffic at France's two busiest ports, ... [more]

A strike by French dockers on 4 January disrupted freight traffic at France's two busiest ports, Marseille and Le Havre. The one-day nationwide strike was called by the CGT union to protest the government's port reforms and support demands for compensation for workers exposed to asbestos. About 16 ships were prevented from docking at Fos-sur-Mer and Marseille, according to Marseille port officials. The CGT union said all 1,800 freight workers in Le Havre and most of the 1,500 employees of the port authority had walked off the job. Under a law adopted in July 2008, France's seven major ports are turning to private companies to run many of their services to make them more competitive.
English: http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/slideshow/ALeqM5hab . via http://www.labourstart.org/cgi-bin/show_news.pl?country=France

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On 4 January, eleven unions at the Budapest transport company BKV and the Volan nationwide bus co... [more]

On 4 January, eleven unions at the Budapest transport company BKV and the Volan nationwide bus company have declared an indefinite strike beginning on 12 January, after rejecting the latest contract offer from management. Some unions accepted this proposal, but others -representing 65% of BKV employees, mainly bus drivers-- turned it down as they are unwilling to accept planned cuts in fringe benefits. However, the metro and the HV suburban railway, as well as most trams and trolleybuses may be running, as their Urban Mass Transport Union has accepted the new contract terms. Railway workers have also threatened to hold a series of strikes, and employees of public television MTV have convened a strike committee to protest over pay.
English: http://www.caboodle.hu/index.php?id=12&no_cache=1&tx_ttnews[backPid] .; http://english.mti.hu/default.asp?menu=1&theme=2&cat=25&newsid=266772

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Using Freedom of Information legislation, public service union UNISON discovered that since 2000 ... [more]

Using Freedom of Information legislation, public service union UNISON discovered that since 2000 the North Cumbria NHS (National Health Service) trust has spent a massive UKP 3.3 million (Euro 3.66 million) on lawyers in an attempt to stop low-paid women winning equal pay. The vast outlay is in shocking contrast to the earnings of some of the trust's own low-paid employees, such as cleaners and cooks, earning UKP 6.77 (Euro 7.51) an hour. Dave Prentis, UNISON general secretary, urged management to negotiate a way through rather than persist with a "scandalous waste of money." He added: "While North Cumbria is clearly one of the biggest spenders, it is not alone. Trusts in other parts of the country are racking up lawyers' fees fighting equal pay. I would urge all of them to come to the negotiating table as soon as possible and stop pouring money down the drain."
English: http://www.unison.org.uk/asppresspack/pressrelease_view.asp?id=1685

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The IMPACT public services union has criticized the government for pushing ahead with plans for p... [more]

The IMPACT public services union has criticized the government for pushing ahead with plans for pay cuts in the public sector on the basis of claims that this was a trend in the private sector. However, a survey by consultants Mercer found only 9% of companies cutting pay while the majority of private employers looking to reduce salary costs implemented pay freezes or used other methods such as unpaid leave. Likewise, most recently Irish National Teachers' Organisation (INTO) general secretary Sheila Nunan said the 17% drop in average take-home pay for its 35,000 members in 2009 was far higher than cuts for private sector workers.
English: http://www.epsu.org/cob/332; http://www.impact.ie/iopen24/impact-says-mercer-report-private-sector .; http://www.irishexaminer.com/ireland/teacher-pay-cuts-wipe-outbenchmarking .

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Budget postal delivery firms Sandd and Selekt Mail (DHL) have won their lawsuit against the Dutch... [more]

Budget postal delivery firms Sandd and Selekt Mail (DHL) have won their lawsuit against the Dutch state about employing permanent staff. The court in The Hague ruled that the Ministry of Economic Affairs cannot force them to employ delivery workers at regular terms instead of paying piece rates. The deal to make Sandd and Selekt compete on more equal terms with former state monopoly TNT was one of the main conditions the government attached to the liberalisation of the postal market. In a reaction a ministry spokesman said the ruling is being studied carefully. "Paramount is that a `race to the bottom' in terms of pay and conditions for postal delivery workers must be avoided," junior Economic Affairs minister Frank Heemskerk earlier stated in reaction of union fears in this direction (See also this Collective Bargaining Newsletter Year 2 March and October 2009).
English: http://www.dutchnews.nl/news/archives/2009/12/post_firms_win .
Dutch: De Volkskrant, 2 Januari 2010

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