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No progress has been made after the third round of bargaining at the Thga energy company where t... [more]

No progress has been made after the third round of bargaining at the Thga energy company where the employer is insisting on a two-hour increase of the working week. The ver.di services union wants a 5.6% pay increase just to pay for the increase in working time and has rejected the employer's offer of 1.2% plus a Euro 500 lump sum. Meanwhile at AVEU, ver.di and the employers have agreed to set up a working group to try to make progress on this year's negotiations. The union has rejected proposals for an increase in working time and has said that any employer plans for "modernization" must not be at the expense of workers. Better news comes from the MVV company, where ver.di has secured a 4.1% pay increase backdated to 1 January 2009.
English: http://www.epsu.org/cob/302;
German: http://energie-bergbau.ver-und-entsorgung.verdi.de/energie/tarifarbeit

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The ICTU union confederation has postponed a planned day of action on 30 March in order to take p... [more]

The ICTU union confederation has postponed a planned day of action on 30 March in order to take part in talks with government and employers about how to deal with the country's economic and financial crisis. National negotiations broke down earlier this year, following which the government went ahead with legislation to implement a "pensions levy". This is effectively a pay cut for all public servants and represents a reduction of 7.5% from the public sector pay bill. The ICTU has drawn up a 10-point action plan as the basis of negotiations on a strategy in response to the crisis and it has made clear that talks with the government must involve a re-negotiation of the "pensions levy". In a letter to ICTU general secretary David Begg, Taoiseach (Prime Minister) Brian Cowen wrote: "I see considerable merit in many aspects of the 10-point plan" (See also this Collective Bargaining Newsletter Year 2 February 2009).
English: http://www.epsu.org/cob/302;
http://www.impact.ie/iopen24/newsdesk_info.php?newsdesk_id=211

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On January 16, 250 cleaners held a protest action at Schiphol, the international airport of Amste... [more]

On January 16, 250 cleaners held a protest action at Schiphol, the international airport of Amsterdam. Jointly with their union, FNV Bondgenoten, they were demanding to be treated with respect by their employers and by the airport operator. In particular, they were asking for a travel allowance to enable them to get to work, as well as clean and comfortable amenities in the workplace. The demonstrators marched over the airport, with drums, megaphones and placards, ensuring that their demands were seen and heard by the airport management, passengers, shoppers and other passers-by. Yet, FNV Bondgenoten says to be disappointed by the employers' reaction and to prepare for further industrial action.
English: http://www.uniglobalunion.org/Apps/iportal.nsf/pages/sec_20081016_gbg7En
Dutch: http://www.fnvbondgenoten.nl/branches_bedrijven/branches/dienstverlening/schoonmaak/1272681/

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Public servants union ABVAKABO FNV has said that a government plan that public sector workers' pa... [more]

Public servants union ABVAKABO FNV has said that a government plan that public sector workers' pay should be frozen is unacceptable. The union points out that a statement from the joint union and employer Labour Foundation proposes negotiating agreements on pay, employment and training. Notably with a view to bargaining the new one-year collective agreement for general hospitals and mental health care, ABVAKABO FNV, now joined by health care union NU '91, emphasized to refuse a wage freeze and to stick to a 3% wage demand for this sector. ABVAKABO FNV president, Edith Snoey, said: "The idea that there is no room for wage increase cannot be explained to our constituency, struggling with labour shortages and high work pressure". Both unions are also opposed to lifting the pension age from 65 to 67 as far as it concerns the mentally and physically demanding occupations in health care.
Dutch: http://www.volkskrant.nl/economie/article1170949.ece/Bonden_lonen_in_de_zorg_niet_bevriezen;
http://www.abvakabofnv.nl/cao/bericht/abvakabo_fnv_wil_gelijke_loonontwikkeling_in_publieke_en_marktsector/

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Instead of cancelling collective contracts, the government has decided to bring a law that reduce... [more]

Instead of cancelling collective contracts, the government has decided to bring a law that reduces the basic salaries for 180,000 public servants by 6%, and in that way also avoid entering a conflict with the unions as these are supposed to have no legal reason for a strike. The public services unions will most probably answer this decision with a lawsuit. They claim that the government can only reduce the basic salary by cancelling the collective contracts. "We will certainly win the lawsuits", says the president of the Independent Union of Science and High Education, Vilim Ribic. The unions of employees in healthcare, education, welfare and culture had already announced not to accept reduced salaries.
English: http://www.javno.com/en-croatia/croatian-unions-announce-lawsuits_245940
via http://www.labourstart.org/cgi-bin/show_news.pl?country=Croatia

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As of 1 April, all companies troubled by the current crisis can apply for part-time unemployment ... [more]

As of 1 April, all companies troubled by the current crisis can apply for part-time unemployment benefits for (parts of) their staff, provided that workers' representatives -mostly the Works Council- give their approval and a training plan has been drawn up. The new scheme replaces the special short-time support arrangement, which from 30 November 2008 to 20 March has been used by 770 companies. The condition in this arrangement that companies should show a 30% decline in turnover within two months, has been removed, and it is expected that a larger number of companies will qualify for the new scheme. Companies can apply for part-time unemployment benefits for maximum 15 months: initially for three months, with possibilities for prolongation for twice six months. Jointly with some smaller labour market measures, the government budget foreseen for the new scheme is Euro 375 million (See also this Collective Bargaining Newsletter Year 1 No. 10 and Year 2 January and February).
Dutch: De Volkskrant, March 25 and 26, 2009; information Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment

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An increasing number of workers at large Finnish companies get severance packages when being laid... [more]

An increasing number of workers at large Finnish companies get severance packages when being laid off, according to the MOT TV programme. Terminating staff in Finland has been relatively inexpensive and easy in comparison to practices in other western European states, and companies are not legally required to offer special severance pay. Yet, recently large companies such as Alma Media, Elisa, Nokia, Kemira, Metso, Perlos, TeliaSonera, UPM and YLE have offered severance pay for dismissed employees. On the other hand, Cargotec, Finnair and Mets„-Botnia do not have special severance pay policies in place.
English: http://www.yle.fi/uutiset/news/2009/03/severance_deals_gaining_ground_in_finland_633503.html
via http://www.labourstart.org/cgi-bin/show_news.pl?country=Finland

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According to the tripartite agreement signed in 2006, the statutory minimum wage should increase ... [more]

According to the tripartite agreement signed in 2006, the statutory minimum wage should increase at an annual rate of about 5.3% during the period 2007-2011. The agreement allowed for a substantial increase of 5.6% in 2009 as to reach Euro 450 a month. In October 2008 the Prime Minister, Jos‚ S¢crates, confirmed that the government was going to respect this intention. Though the employer organizations were strongly opposing this plan, the union confederations were equally strongly in favour. The Prime Minister argued that "the situation of economic crisis is a stimulus for the accomplishment of the agreement", and finally the government laid down the 5.6% increase as of 1 January 2009. According to official sources, the statutory minimum wage currently applies to 4.5% of the labour force.
English: http://www.eurofound.europa.eu/eiro/2008/11/articles/pt0811039i.htm

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Workers on London's Underground rail network are balloted on strike action in a dispute over job ... [more]

Workers on London's Underground rail network are balloted on strike action in a dispute over job security and pay. The National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT) said it feared 3,000 jobs could be at risk. Nearly 10,000 RMT members will be asked to vote in the ballot that opened on 24 March and closes on 8 April. "London Underground seems to think that observing agreements is optional, and its plan to cut jobs is simply unacceptable," said RMT General Secretary Bob Crow. He said managers had refused to rule out compulsory redundancies, including among staff at the formerly privately owned Metronet maintenance group which became part of Transport for London (TfL), which operates the Underground, last May. The RMT is also protesting against an "unacceptable" five-year pay offer that it said gave no real-term increase for four years.
English: http://www.rmt.org.uk/Templates/Internal.asp?NodeID=120842

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Miners at Europe's largest coal company, Poland's Kompania Weglowa, are taking measures that coul... [more]

Miners at Europe's largest coal company, Poland's Kompania Weglowa, are taking measures that could lead to an early April strike following a 19 March mediation session. That session produced little movement in efforts to resolve 2009 wage negotiations. The state-run company's 65,000 miners at 16 colleries are led by NSZZ Solidarnosc, Kadra, and the Polish Miners' Trade Union, with smaller unions also involved. Miners engaged in a two-hour warning strike on 12 March, but during the 19 March talks management's 4.6% wage offer still fell several %-points short of miners' demands. Also locked in wage talks are 40,000 miners at two other state-owned coal servicing and production companies, Jastrzebska Spolka Weglowa and Katowicki Holding Weglowy. Management of both companies is seeking to impose a wage freeze on miners this year.
English: http://www.icem.org/en/78-ICEM-InBrief/3088-Polish-Miners-Now-Ready-for-April-Strike-After-Mediation-Fails

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