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The five union confederations that started to collect signatures calling for a referendum on the ... [more]

The five union confederations that started to collect signatures calling for a referendum on the labour law reforms as proposed by the government, have announced to finally have gathered 813,016 signatures. Thus, the petition has by far surpassed the legal requirement of 10% of registered voters, or 449,506, to initiate the referendum. The signatures were submitted to Parliament Speaker, Luka Bebic on 14 July. It is expected that the verification of signatures will take at least one month (See also this Collective Bargaining Newsletter Year 3 June 2010).
English: http://www.imfmetal.org/index.cfm?c=23612&l=2

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Car workers in eastern France agreed to a salary freeze and reduction in days owed as part of con... [more]

Car workers in eastern France agreed to a salary freeze and reduction in days owed as part of conditions imposed by General Motors Co GM.N (GM) to keep the plant in question open. GM had originally put the Strassbourg plant, which produces automatic transmission systems for GM and BMW cars, up for sale, but failed to complete the transaction. After emerging from bankruptcy in 2009, GM offered to repurchase the plant on 16 July for a symbolic Euro and on condition that costs fall by 10%. Under these conditions, 70% of the 1,150 workforce accepted a salary freeze for two years and a reduction of time off taken for accumulating extra hours.
English: http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSLDE66J0GD20100720
via http://www.labourstart.org/cgi-bin/show_news.pl?country=France

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According to a Eurostat study, Estonia in 2007 had the highest unadjusted gender pay gap in the E... [more]

According to a Eurostat study, Estonia in 2007 had the highest unadjusted gender pay gap in the European Union (30%). Researchers, equality experts and even government officials recently acknowledged the difficulties in closing this gap in Estonia. While equality legislation exists, the difficulty is in implementing it and the challenge facing women who want to pursue an equal pay case. The gender specialist in the Ministry of Social Affairs, Christian Veske, admitted that someone who feels discriminated against should appeal herself. The country's equality commissioner, Margit Sarv, said that this takes a lot of courage, adding that only seven women have made an official complaint under the legislation in the last five years despite the country's large pay gap.
English: http://www.baltictimes.com/news/articles/26555/

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From March 2010 on, the automotive industry in Slovakia is overcoming the recession and unions ar... [more]

From March 2010 on, the automotive industry in Slovakia is overcoming the recession and unions are demanding higher wages. Volkswagen Slovakia, hit by the economic downturn in 2009, has agreed a wage increase of 3%, with a one-off payment to employees of Euro 215. The unions had threatened strike action in March, when initial bargaining failed, but within a few weeks an agreement was met for 2010-2011. Bohdan Wojnar, the company's Human Resources Director said: "Our qualified and motivated employees are the basis of our business success. Our team, despite difficult economic conditions, worked to their full potential in order to supply our customers with first-class cars in top quality. This hard work has paid off now." Zoroslav Smolinsky, chair of the plant trade union, stated: "We managed to reach what we wanted."
English: http://www.eurofound.europa.eu/eiro/2010/04/articles/sk1004019i.htm

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The 3F union has called on an anti-union low cost carrier to enter into collective agreements or ... [more]

The 3F union has called on an anti-union low cost carrier to enter into collective agreements or face industrial action. The union stated that Ryanair has to accept the Danish model of labour relations after it was revealed that the carrier had applied for room in the new low-cost terminal at Kastrup Copenhagen airport. 3F Kastrup, which represents a large proportion of Copenhagen's airport staff, is determined to make sure the employees will not pay for Ryanair's cheap service with their salaries and conditions. "Ryanair must follow the rules and agreements established for the Danish labour market. If it doesn't, we are ready to fight to secure our rights. We cannot accept that a company can practise social dumping, " said union chairman, Henrik Bay-Clausen.
English: http://www.itfglobal.org/news-online/index.cfm/newsdetail/4683

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Earlier in June and July, the Kommunal union signed 10 two-year agreements with the KFS employers... [more]

Earlier in June and July, the Kommunal union signed 10 two-year agreements with the KFS employers' organisation. KFS brings together 600 companies with around 35,000 employees providing a range of municipal services, such as consulting, museums, health, and education. Around 80% of the KFS member companies are owned by local authorities while the rest are partially or wholly privately owned. Kommunal believes the agreements are in line with the overall settlement in the municipal sector. They provide for increases of 1.1%-1.5% in 2010 rising to 2.2% to 2.6% in 2011. Some agreements express monthly increases in SEK, ranging from SEK 300 (Euro 31) to SEK 450 (Euro 47) in 2010 and from SEK 520 (Euro 54) to SEK 550 (Euro 57) in 2011.
English: http://www.epsu.org/cob/372
Swedish: http://www.kommunal.se/Kommunal/Nyheter/2010/Juli/Tio-nya-avtal-med-KFS/

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The FOA public services union has criticised the labour and equality ministers for claiming that ... [more]

The FOA public services union has criticised the labour and equality ministers for claiming that equal pay legislation does not need to be changed as men and women carrying out the same job and with the same training get the same pay. FOA points out that this narrow view of equal pay was left behind in the 1980s and the government-appointed wages commission reporting earlier in 2010 has confirmed that on average men are paid 18% more than women. The union believes legislation needs to be revised as it is not clear enough on the question of equal value.
English: http://www.epsu.org/cob/372;
Danish: http://www.foa.dk/Forbund/Presse?newsid .

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The Postkom union has stepped up its fight against the proposed mail directive and wants to mobil... [more]

The Postkom union has stepped up its fight against the proposed mail directive and wants to mobilise popular resistance. "We are launching the campaign website www.postdirektivet.no to inform about the directive and bring up our points," said Odd Christian Overland, union chairman. Postkom has long worked against the EU's third directive mail to be included in Norwegian law as they believe that will be against consumers' interests. In particular, the mail directive will affect communities outside the Oslo area in the form of poorer and more expensive postal services, according to the union.
English: http://www.uniglobalunion.org/Apps/UNINews.nsf ...

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Private sector pay settlements are not keeping pace with inflation, according to data for May fro... [more]

Private sector pay settlements are not keeping pace with inflation, according to data for May from the Labour Research Department (LRD). Also, earnings in the private sector may not be able to offset the effect of pay curbs in the public sector. The three-monthly median (midpoint) for May remained steady at 2%, the same as the previous month. LRD data available so far indicate that the median for new settlements in the public sector has fallen to 1%. In the private sector pay freezes affected 13% of settlements (19% of new settlements) in the three months to May, little changed from April but down on the higher proportion of freezes recorded earlier this year. Lewis Emery, LRD's pay and conditions researcher, said: "Although currently a degree of stability has emerged in wage deals, pay rises of less than half the rate of inflation spell cuts in living standards for workers in general, not just the public sector." (See also this Collective Bargaining Newsletter Year 3 May 2010).
English: LRD Press Release http://www.lrd.org.uk/issue.php?pagid=1&issueid=1392

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On Monday 28 and Tuesday 29 June, a two days' strike forced the closure of Madrid's metro system ... [more]

On Monday 28 and Tuesday 29 June, a two days' strike forced the closure of Madrid's metro system on the second day. While the announced public sector pay cuts were not originally aimed at public company workers such as transport, Madrid's regional conservative government extended the cuts to the metro employees. Under Spanish law workers are supposed to provide agreed minimum levels of services, which kept Madrid's underground rail service running about 50% of trains on the first day. On Monday evening, an assembly of workers decided to make Tuesday a total walkout, a union spokesman said, breaking minimum service agreements for the first time in the last two decades.
English: http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE65S1E620100629

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