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In an agreement signed 22 September with the Works Council and the IG Metall union, the Managing ... [more]

In an agreement signed 22 September with the Works Council and the IG Metall union, the Managing Board of engineering giant Siemens has agreed to protect the jobs of 128,000 German employees of Siemens AG indefinitely. Under the pact, the works council must approve lay-offs, effectively providing a job guarantee for Siemens workers. The deal applies to all employees at Siemens subsidiaries within Germany, with the exception of the troubled IT-branch SIS. The Siemens conglomerate employs 400,000 people in 190 countries, among them 128,000 in Germany. The new job guarantee agreement will dissolve a two-year 2008 accord, which included a savings program worth billions of Euros to prevent the loss of thousands of jobs following the financial crisis. Works Council and union regard the deal as an acknowledgement by Siemens of the sacrifices its employees made during the crisis by accepting pay cuts and working shorter hours.
English: http://www.thelocal.de/money/20100922-29991.html
German: http://www.spiegel.de/wirtschaft/unternehmen/0,1518,718797,00.html#ref=top
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The president of the JHL public service union, Tuire Santam„ki-Vuori, has called on public author... [more]

The president of the JHL public service union, Tuire Santam„ki-Vuori, has called on public authorities to take social criteria into account when purchasing services from the public sector. She pointed out that many local authorities have forgotten that it is possible to incorporate social criteria into procurement. According to Santam„ki-Vuori, they should not be focusing on the lowest cost bids that risk delivering low quality services and poor employment conditions.
English: http://www.epsu.org/cob/379#a6850
http://www.jhl.fi/portal/en/news/archive/?bid=313
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The STAL local government union believes that the public sector pay freeze and other attacks on l... [more]

The STAL local government union believes that the public sector pay freeze and other attacks on local government workers have resulted in a high level of support for the one-day national strike on 20 September. The union says that workers supported the strike even in areas where it is not so strong. The strike was in protest at government policies but in particular at its attempts to undermine collective bargaining in local government and to impose new working time regulations (See also this Collective Bargaining Newsletter Year 3 July-August 2010).
English: http://www.epsu.org/cob/379#a6850;
Portuguese: http://www.stal.pt/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=538&Itemid=1

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After 56 months, workers in the private health sector are getting a pay increase. The last collec... [more]

After 56 months, workers in the private health sector are getting a pay increase. The last collective agreement on pay effectively expired at the end of 2005 and the three trade union federations have been trying to negotiate a new agreement with the AIOP employers' organisation ever since. On average pay will increase by Euro 103 a month as of September 2010. The three federations are pleased that the national agreement has been maintained and that the increase goes some way to recognising the value of workers in the sector.
English: http://www.epsu.org/cob/379#a6850
Italian: http://www.fpcgil.it/flex/cm/pages/ServeBLOB.php/L/IT/IDPagina/15212
http://www.fp.cisl.it/
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The public services union FOA is arguing for a flat-rate pay claim in the next municipal sector n... [more]

The public services union FOA is arguing for a flat-rate pay claim in the next municipal sector negotiations. The current three-year agreement expires by the end of March 2011. The union points out that the bargaining environment is currently quite tough, with the government demanding a freeze on public sector spending. FOA says that low-paid workers have seen their nominal pay increase by around 40% over the last 10 years, in contrast to the 100% increase enjoyed by managers. The union is also concerned about more redundancies begin planned in hospitals and calls on municipalities to take more initiatives on redeployment and retraining.
English: http://www.epsu.org/cob/379#a6850
Danish: http://www.foa.dk/Forbund/Presse?newsid ...
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Unions have agreed a new deal with the KS employers' organisation representing energy companies. ... [more]

Unions have agreed a new deal with the KS employers' organisation representing energy companies. There is a basic increase of NOK 4,500 (Euro 569) and the agreement also establishes a minimum wage for the sector, ensuring that no one is paid below NOK 310,000 a year (Euro 39,200). There are also increases for daily allowances and a commitment that all workers should get the opportunity to upgrade their skills at least once every two years.
English: http://www.epsu.org/cob/379#a6850
Norwegian: http://www.elogit.no/id/12220.0
http://www.fagforbundet.no/forsida/tariff/?article_id=55463

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The number of workers covered by the official "Kurzarbeitsbeihilfe" or "Kurzarbeit" (short-time s... [more]

The number of workers covered by the official "Kurzarbeitsbeihilfe" or "Kurzarbeit" (short-time support) has diminished drastically in the course of 2010. Whereas the number of subsidized short-time workers in Austria was on top with 56,700 in May 2009, their numbers decreased to 26,400 in February 2010 and 8,300 in July 2010. Yet, for some companies the arrangement remains highly relevant, like for Liebherr in Lienz. The refrigerator producer has asked the Employment Service (AMS) to permit adoption of short-time till mid-April 2011. Currently, the firm has 1,300 employed in Lienz. From July 2009 to January 2010, 80% of those employed with Liebherr Lienz already worked short-time.
English: J. Flecker, A. Sch”nauer (2010) Work sharing as a crisis measure in selected European countries: Austria, Belgium, France and the Netherlands. Vienna: FORBA
German: http://news.feed-reader.net/131641-kurzarbeit-oesterreich.html#4819684
http://www.stol.it/Artikel/Wirtschaft/Liebherr-Lienz-schickt-Mitarbeiter-wieder-in-Kurzarbeit
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Employers in the nursing home and care sector have broken off negotiations with the unions with f... [more]

Employers in the nursing home and care sector have broken off negotiations with the unions with failure to agree over pay and the personal budget scheme as well as maternity improvements, flexibility and training. Unions were looking at achieving an increase of around 3.5% over two years, whereas the employers offered only 2.5%. Union action in support of the collective bargaining claim has been going on over recent workers and further action is planned. The unions argue that the employers are missing a good opportunity to make working in the sector more attractive and so tackle recruitment problems.
English: http://www.epsu.org/cob/379#a6850
Dutch: http://www.abvakabofnv.nl/nieuws/nieuws/geen-resultaat-cao-zorg-vvt
http://www.mijnvakbond.nl/Overleg-CAO-VVT-vastgelopen?referrer=266
Union confederations publish wage demands
September 21, 2010
The two largest union confederations have published their wage demands for 2011. FNV, the largest confederation, asks for a 2% wage increase and 1% to be reserved for maintaining employment, repairing of pension claims and training. The CNV confederation demands a 1.5% wage increase, equal to the projected inflation in 2011. Against the argument of the employers' federations that the realisation of the FNV demands will frustrate the recovery of the Dutch economy, Catalene Passchier, FNV's collective bargaining coordinator, argues that the current wage demands remain quite moderate and will be accompanied by demands for decent work. Edith Snoeij, president of the Abvakabo FNV public service union, has announced that her union will also claim a 2% wage hike, while the newly formed centre-right government coalition will most likely proclaim zero wage growth for public servants.
Dutch: De Volkskrant, 21 September 2010; http://nos.nl/artikel/186146-bonden-15-tot-2-procent-meer-loon.html

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Unite union representatives working for Sun Chemicals Ltd have signed a new national agreement, w... [more]

Unite union representatives working for Sun Chemicals Ltd have signed a new national agreement, which is a first national agreement across the whole company, covering all current collective bargaining arrangements. The seven senior workplace reps cover all Sun sites in the UK and all grades of staff from shop floor, laboratory, technical, sales, in-plant and administrative staff. Unite regional officer, Louisa Bull, commented: "This agreement is a real breakthrough for Unite members at Sun Chemicals. Our reps, members and the management have shown real vision in reaching this agreement. I am pleased that staff working for Sun Chemicals now have a modern and progressive union to represent them at work and we offer our congratulations to all concerned."
English: http://www.unitetheunion.org/news__events/latest_news ...
http://www.printweek.com/RSS/Business/News/1030136/Sun-Chemical-sign ...

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At the regular annual meeting of the SKF World Union Committee, on September 14 to 16 in Gothenbu... [more]

At the regular annual meeting of the SKF World Union Committee, on September 14 to 16 in Gothenburg, union members reported on a range of measures that had been negotiated with the company at national and plant level to reduce the impact of the economic crisis on employment. Measures such as shorter working time and leave banking had enabled SKF to weather the downturn in 2009 and maintain employment levels, ensuring that qualified and experienced workers remain in place now that orders are starting once again to increase. Discussing the future challenges for unions in SKF, Committee members identified outsourcing and precarious work as important, with the need for more information sharing and better communication between the members of the committee.
English: http://www.imfmetal.org/index.cfm?c=24082

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