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Trade unions have criticized health minister Roselyne Bachelot-Narquin for what they perceive as ... [more]

Trade unions have criticized health minister Roselyne Bachelot-Narquin for what they perceive as misleading statements about proposed increases to nurses' pay. The unions say that her claims that nurses will see their pay rise by Euro 2,500 only applies to a small proportion of specialist nurses and that this will only be from 2016. For new starters nurses' pay will be worth 20% more than the minimum wage from 2016. In contrast, at the beginning of the 1980s starting salaries for nurses were worth 50% more than the minimum wage. Unions are particularly angry about proposals to remove the right to retire from the age of 55.
English: http://www.epsu.org/cob/332;
French: http://www.force-ouvriere.fr/page_principal/fede/index.asp?lk=fd&id .; http://www.fed-cfdt-sante-sociaux.org/nego_fph.htm; http://www.sante.cgt.fr/spip.php?article4402

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Public services union ver.di has welcomed the government's decision to implement a minimum wage o... [more]

Public services union ver.di has welcomed the government's decision to implement a minimum wage of Euro 8.02 an hour in the waste sector. The union had been concerned that the new coalition, involving the FDP liberal party, that came to power last year would not fulfil the commitment of the previous government to introduce a minimum wage for the sector. However, federal employment minister Ursula von der Leyen signed the regulation in December so that it would come into effect in January. Ver.di estimates that around 20,000 workers are likely to be better off with some having been employed on wages as low as Euro 4 an hour (See also this Collective Bargaining Newsletter Year 2 November 2009).
English: http://www.epsu.org/cob/332;
German: http://presse.verdi.de/pressemitteilungen/showNews?id .

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The FSC-CCOO and FIA-UGT trade union federations have signed a new agreement on gender equality w... [more]

The FSC-CCOO and FIA-UGT trade union federations have signed a new agreement on gender equality with Aqualia, one of the biggest water companies in Spain that provides services for 850 municipalities. The agreement requires the unions and employer to work together on a range of issues, including employment, training, promotion and pay. It also covers sexual harassment, an issue on which the company already had an agreement.
English: http://www.epsu.org/cob/332;
Spanish: http://www.fsc.ccoo.es/webfsc/menu.do?Inicio:70173

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Six unions affiliated with the LO blue-collar confederation (Byggnads, Transport, Seko, Fastighet... [more]

Six unions affiliated with the LO blue-collar confederation (Byggnads, Transport, Seko, Fastighets, M†larna and Elektrikerna) have called on employers not to dismiss workers and take on agency staff instead. A survey commissioned by the six unions shows that over 80% of workers would expect the unions to take action to stop employers replacing permanent staff with agency workers. The issue will be an important one in this year's collective bargaining.
English: http://www.epsu.org/cob/332;
Swedish: http://www.transport.se/home/trp2/home.nsf/pages/0AC932 .

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Municipal union Kommunal calls for a pay increase of at least SKr 620 (Euro 61, 2.6%) a month thi... [more]

Municipal union Kommunal calls for a pay increase of at least SKr 620 (Euro 61, 2.6%) a month this year along with higher pay increases (SKr 745 or Euro 73) in sectors where women predominate to help close the gender pay gap. The union also wants to see a strong central agreement backed up with local collective agreements to ensure that there is a clear link between the main pay negotiations and bargaining at local level. The other main bargaining issues include the need to reduce the use of temporary workers, improvements to working conditions and greater equality in terms of gender, race, age, religion and sexual orientation.
English: http://www.epsu.org/cob/332;
Swedish: http://www.kommunal.se/Kommunal/Medlem/Avtal-och-lagar/Lonekamp .

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In its final Cabinet meeting of the year, the government approved a 1.5% increase in the national... [more]

In its final Cabinet meeting of the year, the government approved a 1.5% increase in the national minimum wage, to Euro 633.30 a month in 2010. However, during the campaign leading up to the last General Election Prime Minister Zapatero promised to raise the minimum wage to Euro 800 by 2012 if his Socialist Party was re-elected for a second term. The CCOO and UGT union confederations have criticized the 1.5% increase as they believe this calls into question the government's commitment to achieve the Euro 800 target timely. The confederations support the idea that the level of the minimum wage should be at least 60% of average earnings.
English: http://www.barcelonareporter.com/index.php?/news/comments/spain . ; http://www.epsu.org/cob/332;
Spanish: http://www.fsc.ccoo.es/webfsc/menu.do?Inicio:70476; http://www.ugt.es/actualidad/2009/diciembre/c30122009.html

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With 97%, municipal workers voted overwhelmingly against a two-year pay freeze in a referendum or... [more]

With 97%, municipal workers voted overwhelmingly against a two-year pay freeze in a referendum organised by the trade unions. The VNG employers' organisation rejected the result, arguing that there was only an 18% turnout and assumed that those who didn't vote supported the pay freeze. The unions pointed out that the turnout would have been higher had the employers not refused to facilitate the referendum.
English: http://www.epsu.org/cob/332 ;
Dutch: http://www.abvakabofnv.nl/nieuws/nieuws/abvakabo-fnv-vindt .; http://www.mijnvakbond.nl/VNG_slaat_plank_mis_met_commentaar .

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On 21 December, negotiations over a new collective agreement for 80,000 health and social service... [more]

On 21 December, negotiations over a new collective agreement for 80,000 health and social services workers in the private sector were broken off. Members of the GPA-DJP and vida trade unions are seriously disappointed with the employers' latest offer of a 1.17% pay increase. The increase on some pay rates and allowances would only be 0.9% and the employers also want to abolish the 50% additional payment for working the 39th and 40th hours each week. Works council members are being co-ordinated in demonstrations taking place in four cities on 14 January before negotiations reconvene on 21 January.
English: http://www.epsu.org/cob/332;
German: http://www.gpa-djp.at/servlet/ContentServer?pagename=GPA/Page .; http://www.vida.at/servlet/ContentServer?pagename=S03/Page/ .

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The PCS and other civil service unions are considering a legal challenge and possible industrial ... [more]

The PCS and other civil service unions are considering a legal challenge and possible industrial action in response to the government's unilateral decision to change the civil service compensation scheme. The unions believe the government is planning further job cuts and is looking to reduce the cost of making civil servants redundant. Said Mark Serwotka, PCS general secretary: "The government has an opportunity to avoid legal and industrial action by ensuring officials honour ministerial promises to make the changes through negotiation rather than imposition."ÿPCS is set to ballot its 270,000 members in January, threatening disruption at jobcentres, revenue and customs, immigration, the coastguard and other bodies in the compensation dispute.
English: http://www.epsu.org/cob/331; http://www.pcs.org.uk/en/news_and_events/news_centre/index.cfm/id/ .; http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2009/dec/31/strikes-unions-unrest-militancy

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In 2009 Belgian employers saved more than one billion Euro as they made use of the temporary unem... [more]

In 2009 Belgian employers saved more than one billion Euro as they made use of the temporary unemployment arrangements administered by the official employment agencies (RVA). According to a RVA report, in the first nine months of the year these arrangements covered a daily average of 64,700 temporarily unemployed; over the full year, a daily average of 60,700 is expected, more than doubling the 2008 average (31,200). Temporary unemployment peaked in February and March 2009, with a daily average of 100,000 workers covered (See also this Collective Bargaining Newsletter Year 2 January and May 2009).
Dutch: http://www.hln.be/hln/nl/957/Belgie/article/detail/1046866/2009/12/28/ .

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