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Figures produced by the FO civil service union federation show how different groups of workers ar... [more]

Figures produced by the FO civil service union federation show how different groups of workers are losing out because of below-inflation pay increases in the public sector. Last year's 0.8% rise was below the 1.5% inflation rate, meaning that workers were losing between Euro 136 and Euro 198 in purchasing power. This year the situation is worse with a 0.8% rise compared to 3.2% inflation. Over the two years workers will be up to Euro 880 worse off. The union believes that things will only get worse with 0.5% wage increases foreseen for the following three years.
(English: http://www.epsu.org/cob/269;
French: http://www.fo-fonctionnaires.fr/2008-09-10-pouvoir-achat-toujours-moins.html)

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The CGT, FO and FSU public service federations have rejected government proposals to cut pension ... [more]

The CGT, FO and FSU public service federations have rejected government proposals to cut pension entitlement for public sector workers. The workers affected are public employees who do not have civil service status and who are covered by the IRCANTEC pension scheme. The government wants to reduce the IRCANTEC pension in terms of the level of salary it replaces from 75% to 67.3%. The unions argue that it is possible to maintain the replacement rate at 75% particularly if the government increases the employers' contribution, which is currently much lower than it is for civil servants who are covered by a separate scheme.
(English: http://www.epsu.org/cob/269;
French: http://www.ugff.cgt.fr/ftp/ircantec/cgtfp_08_09_04.doc;
http://www.fo-fonctionnaires.fr/2008-09-03-Communique-UIAFP-Ircantec.html)

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The verdi public services union and Marburger Bund doctors' union have joined a "save our hospita... [more]

The verdi public services union and Marburger Bund doctors' union have joined a "save our hospitals" campaign to argue for increased funding. The unions point to 50,000 job cuts, excessive overtime and workloads and poor working conditions resulting from cutbacks in recent years. There has been a series of local actions and demonstrations with a national demonstration in Berlin on 25 September.
(English: http://www.epsu.org/cob/269; German: http://www.rettung-der-krankenhaeuser.de)

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The latest analysis from the WSI trade union research institute based on European Commission data... [more]

The latest analysis from the WSI trade union research institute based on European Commission data shows how pay developments in Germany have fallen behind all other EU member states. Since 2000 real wages in Germany have fallen by 0.8%, the only EU member state where there has been a decline. Several countries, particularly among the New Member States, recorded increases over this period of more than 30% and even seven of the EU-15 countries saw real wages increase by more than 10%. The report suggests that negative wage drift is a particular German problem with some locally negotiated increases falling below what is agreed at sectoral level.
The day before publication of the WSI results, a report in the German weekly Die Zeit pointed out that, following internal calculations, the European Commission has concluded that German wages would need to increase by 6% annually for several years to match up with the level of other Eurozone.
(English: http://www.epsu.org/cob/269; German: http://www.boeckler.de/pdf/impuls_2008_14_1.pdf; Marc Bost / Claas Talje, Immer auf die anderen, Die Zeit, 18 September 2008, No. 39).

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A series of assemblies have been organised over the next few weeks for different groups of worker... [more]

A series of assemblies have been organised over the next few weeks for different groups of workers in the public sector to discuss how to react in response to massive cuts in the public sector pay budget. The government claims that it is ready to negotiate over public sector pay increases for 2008-09. However, trade unions argue that government figures reveal a shortfall of Euro 1.7 billion in the public sector pay budget and that on this basis workers can only expect a pay cut in 2009.
(English: http://www.epsu.org/cob/269;
Italian: http://www.fpcgil.it/flex/cm/pages/ServeBLOB.php/L/IT/IDPagina/7883; http://www.fpcgil.it/flex/cm/pages/ServeBLOB.php/L/IT/IDPagina/7852)

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Public sector workers affiliated to the CGTP confederation will join a national strike on 1 Octob... [more]

Public sector workers affiliated to the CGTP confederation will join a national strike on 1 October in protest at government policies that they claim are undermining their employment rights. The protest is over falling purchasing power of public sector workers and the increase in precarious forms of employment in the sector.
(English: http://www.epsu.org/cob/269; Portuguese: http://www.stal.pt/artigo.asp?id=978)

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Public sector unions met with government representatives for the first time since the general ele... [more]

Public sector unions met with government representatives for the first time since the general election with a view to maintaining continuity in the discussions over pay, jobs and services in the public sector. The general pay increase for public employees is set at 3% for 2009 with those employed by the general state administration getting 3.875%. However, unions have called for this to be reviewed towards the end of the year in the light of increasing inflation. The unions also expressed concern at government plans to cut jobs in response to current economic difficulties. They argued that in fact it was crucial to maintain public employment during an economic downturn and that any reduction in jobs would impact upon service quality.
(English: http://www.epsu.org/cob/269; Spanish: http://www.fsap.ccoo.es/webfsap/menu.do?Actualidad:Sindical:Actualidad:35345; http://www.fspugt.es/index.php/mod.noticias/mem.detalle/idnoticia.5463/cat.1028)

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PCS, the main civil service union, is balloting 270,000 members over industrial action on pay and... [more]

PCS, the main civil service union, is balloting 270,000 members over industrial action on pay and the government' s imposition of a 2% limit on public sector pay increases. PCS holds that anger has grown over the government's policy which is disproportionately hitting some of the lowest paid in the public sector. In the strike ballot running to 17 October, members will be asked to back plans for a national civil service wide strike followed by a rolling programme of targeted industrial action that will extend into the new year.
(English: http://www.epsu.org/cob/269;
http://www.pcs.org.uk/en/news_and_events/news_centre/index.cfm/id/E34196E5-329F-466A-96D89821B57A2D32)

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On 9 September, the UNI global union signed a global agreement with the Danish-based finance mult... [more]

On 9 September, the UNI global union signed a global agreement with the Danish-based finance multinational Danske Bank, covering 24,000 workers. The agreement -negotiated by UNI Finance president Allan Bang with the help of six unions in Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Norway and Sweden- recognizes the competitive benefits for the company of good relations with trade unions and guarantees labour rights for workers worldwide. Dialogue is a key union priority in managing change, and Danske Bank commits itself to integrating employment and social consequences into strategic decisions and to use internal mobility measures to avoid or limit lay-offs.
(English: http://www.uniglobalunion.org/unifinance.nsf/$webDocuments/A6EF6A66FD2A816FC12574BF004F3731?OpenDocument)

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In December 2007, most unions and the major employers' association ActiZ (350,000 employees) agre... [more]

In December 2007, most unions and the major employers' association ActiZ (350,000 employees) agreed on a basic accord in the so-called VVT sector (elderly and care homes, home care). However, the BTN employers' association (13,000 employees, only in home care) and the CNV Publieke Zaak union did not sign this basic agreement, which meant that the `old' home care agreement remained applicable until 1 October 2008. Recently, BTN and CNV Publieke Zaak arranged to produce a second home care agreement. According to the largest union, ABVAKABO FNV, this second agreement includes a number of deteriorations compared to the earlier VVT agreement, like a 1% lower wage increase. Therefore, ABVAKABO FNV refuses to sign the second agreement, and will try to have the VVT agreement mandatory extended.
(Dutch: http://www.abvakabofnv.nl/cao/bericht/abvakabo_fnv_ondertekent_tweede_cao_thuiszorg_niet/)

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