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The new coalition government has agreed to reform the Labour Code in force since January 2007. Pr... [more]

The new coalition government has agreed to reform the Labour Code in force since January 2007. Proposed changes include liberalisation of employment for a set period without limitations, reduced severance pay for those working for an employer for less than two years, and enhanced opportunities for companies to employ people on a so-called "contract for the performance of a work assignment", up to 300 hours a year. Whereas employer representatives welcome these changes, trade unions warn that the new coalition wants to reduce employees' security. The unions also disagree with the proposed cancellation of state subsidies of employee benefits, especially meal vouchers and the so-called "free rail passes" (discounted tickets for railway employees and their family members), which was unsuccessfully proposed by the government in 2008.
English: http://www.eurofound.europa.eu/eiro/2010/07/articles/cz1007019i.htm

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The Minister of Finance and Economy, Gy”rgy Matolcsy, has convened the National Interest Reconcil... [more]

The Minister of Finance and Economy, Gy”rgy Matolcsy, has convened the National Interest Reconciliation Council for the first time since the new government has been established. The Minister's aim is to mark out the new Council's framework. The Reconciliation Council is a tripartite forum involving employees' federations, employers' associations and government representatives. Earlier, the trade unions urged for the Council to convene, as many relevant decisions regarding the workers were already taken in the last three months.
English: M t‚ Komiljovics, union correspondent

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The implementation body overseeing the "Croke Park" national agreement, chaired by former chief e... [more]

The implementation body overseeing the "Croke Park" national agreement, chaired by former chief executive of the Courts Service P.J. Fitzpatrick, has told employer and union representatives it wants any disputes on interpretation and implementation of the agreement to be resolved as promptly and as possible. The body has also said a "one-size-fits-all approach" will not work and each public service sector will have to decide how best to implement the terms of the agreement. The public service union, IMPACT, has issued a circular to its members detailing the measures outlined by the implementation body. The union's general secretary, Shay Cody, told members that while much of its communications will centre on aspects of the change programme, "the value of any change in addressing the pay issue for public servants will not be lost sight of by the body" (See also this Collective Bargaining Newsletter Year 3 April, May and June 2010).
English: http://www.irishexaminer.com/ireland/croke-park-deal-disputes ...

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In 2010, three times more collective agreements than in previous years have been concluded by the... [more]

In 2010, three times more collective agreements than in previous years have been concluded by the Metalworkers' Union, representing 30,000 employees at 260 workplaces, according to union president B‚la Balogh. Balogh said that there had been no significant wage developments during the economic crisis, and expressed the wish that with the end of this difficult period, it would be possible to revive wage negotiations.
English: M t‚ Komiljovics, union correspondent

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Following municipal and provincial employees, university staff is rejecting the pay freeze that t... [more]

Following municipal and provincial employees, university staff is rejecting the pay freeze that the current government announced in spring for the public sector at large. By 1 March, 2010, the collective agreement for the universities expired; negotiations have ended up in a deadlock as the union demands of 1.25% and employment guarantees have been rejected by VSNU, the university employers' organisation. According to Hugo Levie, VSNU negotiator, the unions' wage demands are "reasonable", but the universities are simply in lack of money. The Abvakabo FNV union used the celebrations of the opening of the Academic Year in Nijmegen and Delft, on 30 August, to start actions, which will be pursued on 6 September, when in the other university cities the Academic Year will formally start. The union argues that a pay freeze for universities is at odds with the country's ambition to expand as a "knowledge economy."
Dutch: De Volkskrant, August 31, 2010;
http://www.abvakabofnv.nl/nieuws/nieuws/investeren-in-personeel .

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Public transport workers, including those of the national railway system (OSE), have planned a fi... [more]

Public transport workers, including those of the national railway system (OSE), have planned a five hours' strike to be staged during the firstÿten days of September. The transport workers want to protest against privatisations, firings, wage cuts and the trimming of benefits. Union representatives will hold a joint press conference in Thessaloniki during the International Fair in mid-September as to explain their stance, which is likely to include further protest action.
English: http://greece.greekreporter.com/2010/08/30/new-protests-are-being-prepared/

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The government and the majority of public sector unions failed to break the deadlock in negotiati... [more]

The government and the majority of public sector unions failed to break the deadlock in negotiations on a planned pay freeze in the public sector in what was seen as a last attempt on Monday 30 August. This implies that the government will pass over the unions and will introduce the freeze with a new law, but also that the strike remains on that was announced for 27 September by unions representing about half of public sector workers.
English: http://www.sta.si/en/vest.php?s=a&id=1548383;
http://www.sta.si/en/vest.php?s=a&id=1547169
via http://www.labourstart.org/cgi-bin/show_news.pl?country=Slovenia

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On Friday August 27, the Northwestern steel branch of IG Metall opened the wage negotiation seaso... [more]

On Friday August 27, the Northwestern steel branch of IG Metall opened the wage negotiation season by demanding a 6% wage hike for about 85,000 workers. The union branch stated it was time workers joined in the fruits of the upswing after years of wage moderation. The wage demand includes steel workers in North Rhine-Westphalia, as well as Lower Saxony and Bremen. It also asks for shortening working hours for older workers. One day earlier the DGB confederation made clear that German unions more generally will not settle for modest pay rises after accepting moderate wage deals in recent years due to the economic crisis. DGB chairman, Michael Sommer, was quoted saying, "We're not going to hold back in this upturn, now it's our turn."
English: http://www.thelocal.de/money/20100827-29451.html;
http://af.reuters.com/article/metalsNews/idAFLDE67S04Q20100829
German: http://www.boeckler.de/show_chronik.html?chronik_eintrag=/html/108693.html

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The Solidarity trade union has announced a mass demonstration against the government public secto... [more]

The Solidarity trade union has announced a mass demonstration against the government public sector pay freeze on 22 September in Warsaw. "We're preparing for the demonstration. The trade union will cover the protesters' travel expenses," says Janusz Sniadek, leader of Solidarity. He announced that housands of firefighters, customs officers, state administration employees and probably police officers will march on the rhythm of an orchestra provided by coal miners. In contrast of the pay freeze that the government announced to reduce its debt, employees of state-owned institutions demand a 5.3% pay increase for 2011.
English: http://www.thenews.pl/business/artykul138472_trade-unions-plan ...
via http://www.labourstart.org/cgi-bin/show_news.pl?country=Poland

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The Central Organisation of Finnish Trade Unions (SAK) wants a collective wage increase goal for ... [more]

The Central Organisation of Finnish Trade Unions (SAK) wants a collective wage increase goal for all employees. SAK chairman Lauri Lyly's proposal opposes the position of the EK employers' federation (Confederation of Finnish Industries) to have a collective wage increase ceiling of maximum 1%. According to Lyly, the confederations SAK, the Finnish Confederation of Professionals (STTK) and the Confederation of Unions for Professional and Managerial Staff (Akava) should define a shared increase goal as to ensure purchasing power and equal wage development. STTK's chairman Mikko M„enp„„ has reacted positively on Lyly's remarks. M„enp„„ believes that unions should unify their ranks across confederation and sector divisions.
English: http://www.helsinkitimes.fi/htimes/domestic-news/general ...;
http://www.yle.fi/uutiset/news/2010/08/industry_federation_wants .;
via http://www.labourstart.org/cgi-bin/show_news.pl?country=Finland

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