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On 22 December, the civil servants' trade union ADEDY announced that it plans to stage a 24-hour ... [more]

On 22 December, the civil servants' trade union ADEDY announced that it plans to stage a 24-hour strike in late January or early February against the labour and wage reforms planned by the government, in the face of ballooning debt and deficits. "We will not accept that the cost of the crisis will be borne on our shoulders," ADEDY president Spyros Papaspyros explained to press agencies. The private sector union, the General Confederation of Greek Workers, also said to consider a strike.
English: http://www.setimes.com/cocoon/setimes/xhtml/en_GB/newsbriefs/setimes/ . via http://www.labourstart.org/cgi-bin/show_news.pl?country=Greece

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The local and federal government collective bargaining committee of the ver.di union met on 15 De... [more]

The local and federal government collective bargaining committee of the ver.di union met on 15 December to confirm its claim in the lead up to negotiations that begin on 13 February. Ver.di will be negotiating with the police (GdP), teachers (GEW) and civil service union (dbb tarifunion) on behalf of nearly two million workers in local and federal government. The main demand will be for a real increase in pay plus a number of other measures including provision of shorter working hours for older workers to create more jobs for younger workers and commitments to take on more apprentices, totaling a 5% increase. There will also be demands relevant to particular groups of workers such as better on-call and overtime payments for hospital employees. WSI, the research institute in the Hans B”ckler Foundation, also on 15 December issued a report noting that nominal pay increases in the public services have amounted to around 17% since 2000, below the 21.4% increase recorded across the economy as a whole. On 20 December, Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble said to see "no scope" to pay ver.di's wage claim and to be "shocked" by the demand.
English: http://www.epsu.org/cob/331; http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601100&sid=az2s_V_wgMRw
German: http://presse.verdi.de/pressemitteilungen/showNews?id .; http://www.boeckler.de/pdf/pm_ta_2009_12_15.pdf

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After ten months of negotiations and a three-day strike earlier in the week of the 30,000 employe... [more]

After ten months of negotiations and a three-day strike earlier in the week of the 30,000 employees involved, a collective agreement has been agreed upon in the banking sector between the Federation of Finnish Financial Services and two unions, SUORA and the Federation of Professional and Managerial Staff (YTN). Under the contract, a general pay hike of Euro 18.50 a month, or at least 0.65%, will take effect from 1 January 2010. An increase of 0.95% will be paid by early June 2010. Separate talks are to be held on new pay increases for the autumn of 2010 and the summer of 2011.
English: http://yle.fi/uutiset/news/2009/12/banks_reach_labour_contract_1296841.html; http://www.yle.fi/uutiset/news/2009/12/30000_finance_sector_workers .
via http://www.labourstart.org/cgi-bin/show_news.pl?country=Finland

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After several challenging rounds of negotiations the G™D and GDG public service unions have accep... [more]

After several challenging rounds of negotiations the G™D and GDG public service unions have accepted a pay increase of 0.9% plus €4 a month for 2010. The government had initially said that it had only budgeted for a 0.5% increase in the pay bill and that it only wanted to pay a lump sum payment. The flat-rate increase of Euro 4 means that the overall increase for the lowest paid will be 1.23% and 0.94% for the highest paid. Other payments and allowances will increase by 0.9%. The increase will cover around 400,000 workers across the public sector.
English: http://www.epsu.org/cob/331 ;
German: http://www.gdg.at/servlet/ContentServer?pagename=C01 .; http://www.goed.at/files/877/GOED-Info-Gehaltsabkommen-2010.pdf

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The CGT Public Services federation and the SUD trade union are joining for a day of action on 21 ... [more]

The CGT Public Services federation and the SUD trade union are joining for a day of action on 21 January in protest at government plans to reform local government. The unions argue that changes to the funding system and cutting jobs will undermine the proper provision of public services and lead to an increase in outsourcing to the private sector. The unions want to see a public debate about the public services, a withdrawal of plans to change public finance of local authorities, decent pay increases for local government workers to recoup their lost purchasing power, and a transfer to civil service status of the 30% of workers in local government who face more precarious employment arrangements.
English: http://www.epsu.org/cob/331;
French: http://www.spterritoriaux.cgt.fr/spip.php?article3609

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On 9 December, management at Daimler's biggest car factory in Germany signed a shop agreement tha... [more]

On 9 December, management at Daimler's biggest car factory in Germany signed a shop agreement that secures their jobs for 10 years, a guarantee that brought an end to protests over moving production to the US, organized by the IG Metall union and the local works council. All 37,000 employees at the Sindelfingen plant will not face any forced redundancies until the end of 2019, Daimler states. The Financial Times stressed that deal is unusual even in a country where similar agreements for shorter periods were common before the financial crisis. Daimler is to create 2,700 new jobs to compensate for moving production of the best-selling Mercedes C-Class saloon from Sindelfingen to Tuscaloosa in the US. The new jobs will stem from shifting production of the SL roadster model from Bremen to Sindelfingen and a pledge to continue producing the new generations of E-Class and S-Class saloons at the plant. The union is prepared to moderate its wage demands across German industry in an effort to save jobs. There is an escape clause for Daimler if the economy deteriorates rapidly.
English: http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/f1280216-e5f3-11de-b5d7-00144feab49a .; http://www.imfmetal.org/index.cfm?c=21695; http://www.imfmetal.org/index.cfm?c=21695&l=2

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The three public service federations have been mobilizing to put pressure on the government to en... [more]

The three public service federations have been mobilizing to put pressure on the government to ensure that public sector pay increases are properly funded. In the past unions have negotiated pay increases with the ARAN negotiating body only to find that the government causes problems by failing to allocate resources in the budget. Pay agreements will now cover three-year periods rather than two. The FP CGIL federation organized a public sector wide strike on 11 December while the CISL and UIL federations organized a range of demonstrations around the country beginning on 2 December.
English: http://www.epsu.org/cob/331;
Italian: http://www.fpcgil.it/flex/cm/pages/ServeBLOB.php/L/IT/IDPagina/12477

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The VPOD public service union is supporting the 1:12 initiative launched by the Young Socialists.... [more]

The VPOD public service union is supporting the 1:12 initiative launched by the Young Socialists. The campaign is aimed at stopping the growing gap between the low paid and the high paid and proposes a limit so that the highest paid person in an organisation gets no more than 12 times the salary of the lowest paid. VPOD says that this is already an element of pay systems in some parts of the public sector, with the pay structure at the City of Zrich limiting the top of its 18-grade pay system to 4.5 times the level of pay at the bottom.
English: http://www.epsu.org/cob/331;
German: http://www.vpod.ch/aktuell/nachrichten/ansicht/article/vpod .

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Trade unions continued to mobilize in protest at the government's budget proposals that imply Eur... [more]

Trade unions continued to mobilize in protest at the government's budget proposals that imply Euro 4 billion in cuts. Social and welfare payments are affected while public sector workers will see their pay cut by 6 to 8%. This follows on from last year's "pensions levy" which effectively meant a 7% cut in take home pay for public sector workers. The 24-hour public service strike of 24 November was followed by a demonstration of nurses, teachers and other public servants outside Leinster House, the Irish parliament building, on 15 December. David Begg, general secretary of the ITUC confederation, in addressing the protest criticized Finance Minister, Brian Lenihan, who referred to a war against public servants.
English: http://www.impact.ie/iopen24/-t-297_300_496.html ; http://www.siptu.ie/PressRoom/NewsReleases/Headline/Name,11354,en.html

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Members of UNISON at the National Grid utilities company are voting on an overtime ban and work-t... [more]

Members of UNISON at the National Grid utilities company are voting on an overtime ban and work-to-rule in protest at the company's pay offer. National Grid has offered just a lump sum payment and also wants to introduce poorer terms and conditions for new starters.
English: http://www.epsu.org/cob/331; http://www.unison.org.uk/asppresspack/pressrelease_view.asp?id=1672

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