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Already before the national strike on 25 June, FP CGIL public services federation reacted to gove... [more]

Already before the national strike on 25 June, FP CGIL public services federation reacted to government plans to cut public spending by organising a national demonstration on 12 June. The cuts will have a direct impact on public sector workers' pay. Previously agreed pay increases will be reduced and workers are also likely to lose the productivity-related elements of their salaries. The CISL FP federation also states to have chosen the way of confrontation with the government. While agreeing on the necessity to rationalise public expenditure, this federation considers in particular the announced three-year pay freeze for public workers unfair, urging instead for a restart of second level bargaining in order to reorganise the use of resources in every administration, and use the savings to improve both public services and public workers' wages.
English: http://www.epsu.org/cob/369; report CISL FP International Office (Mirko Checcachi)
Italian: http://www.fpcgil.it/flex/cm/pages/ServeBLOB.php/L/IT/IDPagina/14342

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Late May 2010, when the Food Workers' Union SEL signed the new collective agreement for food work... [more]

Late May 2010, when the Food Workers' Union SEL signed the new collective agreement for food workers, an unusually long round of bargaining came to an end. At the backdrop of the difficult economic conditions the trade unions have fared well. In autumn 2009 the agreements raised wages by between 0.5 and 0.6%, whereas the agreements signed in spring 2010 saw a rise of about 1%. The agreements did not bring major changes in working conditions. Already in the previous bargaining round a number of unions secured a six-day paid paternity leave period for their members, and now many more have managed to do the same. Shop stewards' rights were improved. Also parents' rights to stay at home to take care of a sick child were expanded (See also this Collective Bargaining Newsletter Year 3 April and May 2010).
English: http://www.artto.kaapeli.fi/unions/T2010/n17
via http://www.labourstart.org/cgi-bin/show_news.pl?country=Finland

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The parliament has ratified the labour reforms designed to bring down high unemployment. Measures... [more]

The parliament has ratified the labour reforms designed to bring down high unemployment. Measures include promoting youth employment and cutting the cost of firing workers. Only members of Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero's Socialist Party voted in favour of the labour reforms. The reforms can still be amended in parliament over the coming months. Earlier in June, tripartite talks with union confederations and employers' organisations on the reforms ended in a deadlock, in spite of an extension of the planned deadline by a week (See also this Collective Bargaining Newsletter Year 3 May 2010).
English: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/world/europe/10385834.stm

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Public services union JHL and other unions in the state sector have called for the state producti... [more]

Public services union JHL and other unions in the state sector have called for the state productivity scheme to be abandoned. The scheme was set up in 2003 and initially had trade union support in that its aim was to increase productivity in response to the need to adjust to the ageing of the workforce. However, now the unions argue that the scheme is focusing on cutting jobs and even quote management consultant reports that claim that job cuts can undermine public sector productivity. For instance, a PricewaterhouseCooper's report evaluating the scheme also argued that reducing personnel does not necessarily improve productivity.
English: http://www.jhl.fi/portal/en/news/archive/?bid=217

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Following its earlier victory over the government, the PCS civil service union has won a second H... [more]

Following its earlier victory over the government, the PCS civil service union has won a second High Court ruling over the redundancy compensation scheme. After the first ruling the government was supposed to agree changes to the scheme with the union. However, the two sides did not agree and in this second ruling the court has decided that most of the government-imposed changes (apart from those dealing with age discrimination) to the scheme are null and void. The new coalition government will now have to negotiate with the union if it wants to make any changes to the scheme. PCS deputy general secretary Hugh Lanning said: "We are delighted with the ruling, that proves our members were right to oppose the cuts that the previous government tried to force through" (See also this Collective Bargaining Newsletter Year 2 December 2009; Year 3 February, April and May 2010).
English: http://www.epsu.org/cob/369;
http://www.pcs.org.uk/en/news_and_events/news_centre/index.cfm/id/7518B8FC ...

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The ver.di services union organised several demonstrations around the country on 9 June in its co... [more]

The ver.di services union organised several demonstrations around the country on 9 June in its continuing campaign to secure better pay and conditions for employees of church-run health and social services. The church organisations have challenged the right to strike in the sector and have refused to negotiate proper collective agreements (See also this Collective Bargaining Newsletter Year 3 February and April 2010).
English: http://www.epsu.org/cob/369
German: https://gesundheit-soziales.verdi.de/kirchen_diakonie_caritas/diakonie .

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Unions putting forward claims to state sector employers think that there is a big gap to close in... [more]

Unions putting forward claims to state sector employers think that there is a big gap to close in the forthcoming negotiations. The OFR negotiating cartel wants to see pay increase in line with the private sector as well as action on work-life balance. The SEKO services union is concerned about employment security particularly for women and young workers. It also wants a general wage increase of 2.6% but says that there is nothing on offer from the employers.
English: http://www.epsu.org/cob/369
Swedish: http://www.st.org/aktuellt/avtal-2010/avtalsrorelsen-inom-arbetsgivarverket ...;
http://www.seko.se/Aktuellt/Nyheter/2010/Juni/SEKO-har-vaxlat-avtalsyrkanden-med ...

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On Sunday June 27, Unite, the union involved in the industrial dispute at British Airways (BA), t... [more]

On Sunday June 27, Unite, the union involved in the industrial dispute at British Airways (BA), that a new offer from BA could lead to the postponement of the new industrial action ballot which was set to begin on Tuesday, June 29th. Unite joint general secretary Tony Woodley said: "As a consequence of the company's last and final offer the union and its representatives will have no choice but to delay our vote in order to allow our members to consult on the offer." However, Unite has warned that it is not in a position to recommend the BA proposal to members because it does not fully reinstate staff travel arrangements that gave rise to earlier strike action (See also this Collective Bargaining Newsletter Year 3 May 2010).
English: http://www.unitetheunion.com/news__events/latest_news/new_offer_from .

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The SSP-VPOD public services union backed the national demonstration on 14 June over childcare pr... [more]

The SSP-VPOD public services union backed the national demonstration on 14 June over childcare provision and proposals to increase the retirement age for women. The union has criticized the federal government for plans to cut back a scheme that has actually increased childcare places in recent years, although there is still a major shortage across the country. Once again, the union pointed at the backward position of Switzerland concerning child care (See also this Collective Bargaining Newsletter Year 3 April 2010).
English: http://www.epsu.org/cob/369
French: http://www.ssp-vpod.ch/actualites/nouvelles/ansicht/article/14-juin-2010 ...
German: http://www.vpod.ch/aktuell/nachrichten/ansicht/article/-869e5f4949 ...

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An agreement has been reached in the municipal sector after two weeks of strike action of 45,000 ... [more]

An agreement has been reached in the municipal sector after two weeks of strike action of 45,000 workers, the most significant industrial action in the country for over 30 years. Overall the increase is around 3.5% and includes amounts for local agreements as well as provisions for tackling the gender pay gap - a key element of the unions' demands. The basic general increase is 2.1% or 7,100 NOK.
English: http://www.epsu.org/cob/369;
http://norwaypost.com/news/nationwide-strike-ended.html
Norwegian: http://www.fagforbundet.no/forsida/tariff/

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