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On 5 August, nurses and midwives at the specialized hospital in Radom in central Poland, the bigg... [more]

On 5 August, nurses and midwives at the specialized hospital in Radom in central Poland, the biggest in the region, went on strike in support of their demand for a pay rise of PLN 450 (Euro 110) per month. The hospital maintained it cannot afford the pay increase as it is already in deficit. The strike ended late in the evening of 16 August, and the nurses and midwives' union had to settle for a rather poor deal: the workers will only receive PLN 1,000 (Euro 238) as a one-time payment, to be paid in three installments. In addition, the hospital will put some money into the social security and work funds, provided no fines are imposed on the hospital.
English: http://www.pracownik.net.pl/radom_hospital_strikes_ends_in_unfavourable_deal;
via http://www.labourstart.org/cgi-bin/show_news.pl?country=Poland

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On August 11, workers at the giant copper mining and manufacturing firm KGHM, in total employing ... [more]

On August 11, workers at the giant copper mining and manufacturing firm KGHM, in total employing 28,000, staged a two-hour warning strike against the government's privatization plans. In keeping with what has become almost standard practice in Poland, the board of KGHM is now looking for ways to punish the strikers and union leaders. The company already decided to retain the workers' pay and to cut the yearly bonuses. Moreover, KGHM filed a complaint with the public prosecutor's office claiming that the strike was illegal and caused losses. If found guilty, the union leaders and perhaps some workers face fines and up to five years in jail. In the meantime, unions are considering another strike.
English: http://www.pracownik.net.pl/kghm_wants_punishment_for_strikers;
via http://www.labourstart.org/cgi-bin/show_news.pl?country=Poland

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Bogdan Hossu, chairman of the National Trade Union Confederation (Cartel ALFA), has said that the... [more]

Bogdan Hossu, chairman of the National Trade Union Confederation (Cartel ALFA), has said that the government shows a lack of professionalism by its planned move to cut the working hours in the public sector. Hossu told the press that the International Monetary Fund did not require from Romania a restructuring or salary cut, but its requirement was that all the spending made by the state be covered by revenues. He argued that restructuring, if needed, should have been made after a dialogue with the representatives of all sectors, i.e. education, health care and home affairs. Currently a lot of staff involved, the union leader added, is working overtime.
English: http://www.financiarul.ro/2009/08/13/cartel-alfa.

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On 12 August, the chairman of the Romanian National Trade Union Bloc (BNS), Dumitru Costin, said ... [more]

On 12 August, the chairman of the Romanian National Trade Union Bloc (BNS), Dumitru Costin, said that the minimum wage cap should go up even at a time of crisis. Costin pointed out that the measure should be taken because the current monthly minimum wage level of RON 600 (Euro 142) is not able to cover even the daily expenses of Romanians.
English: http://www.focus-fen.net/index.php?id=n190749;
via http://www.labourstart.org/cgi-bin/show_news.pl?country=Romania

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The executive committee of the CPSU civil service union has said it will vigorously oppose any at... [more]

The executive committee of the CPSU civil service union has said it will vigorously oppose any attempt by the government to implement proposals from the report by the Special Group on Public Service Numbers and Expenditure Programmes. The report focuses on measures that the "Special Group" claims to be necessary to respond to the financial and economic crisis, and include further reductions in pay and allowances; a new benchmarking exercise to look at international pay rates, and recommend reductions; privatisation of public service work. Earlier, the Impact public service union warned that widespread industrial action will be organised if the government plans any further cuts in public sector pay, pensions or jobs. The union was responding to what it regards as a relentless campaign by politicians, business and the media targeting public sector workers. Impact stressed that public sector workers have already seen a 7.5% cut in pay as a result of the government's pensions levy.
English: http://www.epsu.org/cob/316; http://www.epsu.org/cob/315#a5519; http://www.cpsu.ie/ http://www.impact.ie/iopen24/newsdesk_info.php?newsdesk_id=255

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Energy union ver.di and the EON group works council have negotiated a compromise agreement with t... [more]

Energy union ver.di and the EON group works council have negotiated a compromise agreement with the company to protect jobs and working conditions for most of EON's 40,000 employees in Germany. The company's planned "perform-to-win" savings programme threatened job cuts and other major changes across the group. The agreement means that jobs, collective agreements, training provisions and pensions will be protected until 2012. However, the company still aims to go-ahead with its plans to split off its EON IS subsidiary and sell its IT infrastructure. Ver.di estimates that around 1,000 workers will be affected by these changes although here the union has managed to negotiate some basic protection for the workers concerned (See also this Collective Bargaining Newsletter Year 2 June).
English: http://www.epsu.org/cob/316#a5631;
German: http://presse.verdi.de/pressemitteilungen/showNews.

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The GMB, UNISON and UNITE trade unions have come together in a campaign against plans by the Nati... [more]

The GMB, UNISON and UNITE trade unions have come together in a campaign against plans by the National Grid energy transmission company to close a facility in Newcastle with the loss of 189 jobs, some of which the company intends to switch to India. The European Federation of Public Service Unions (EPSU) has written to the company's chief executive, calling for the decision to be reversed (See also this Collective Bargaining Newsletter Year 2 June 2009).
English: http://www.epsu.org/cob/316; http://www.nationalgreed.co.uk/

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As of July 1, after long discussions between the Latvian government and social partners, a number... [more]

As of July 1, after long discussions between the Latvian government and social partners, a number of new regulations concerning the amount of wages, pensions and social benefits have come into effect. The monthly non-taxable minimum or tax free allowance on personal income tax has been reduced from LVL 90 (Euro 129) to LVL 35 (Euro 50), which means that the tax burden for workers has increased. In addition, the government has decided to cut state sector salaries. Monthly salaries below LVL 300 (Euro 430) have been reduced by 15% - affecting 21% of employees in the ministries and subsidiary institutions - while wages above that amount have been cut by 20%, impacting on the remaining 79% of the workers. Moreover, from 1 September 2009 on, teachers' monthly gross wages will be cut by almost one third, from LVL 345 (Euro 494) to LVL 250 (Euro 358). Finally, between 16 June 2009 - 2012, old-age pensions and long-service pensions have been cut by 10%.
English: http://www.eurofound.europa.eu/eiro/2009/07/articles/lv0907019i.htm

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A May 2009 survey by the Irish Business and Employers Confederation (IBEC) shows that, while more... [more]

A May 2009 survey by the Irish Business and Employers Confederation (IBEC) shows that, while more employers have increased pay for production workers (13%) than have cut it (10%), a growing majority of companies are freezing wages. The survey was based on a sample of about 2,500 IBEC members, with a response rate of 20%. Commenting on the findings, IBEC's Director General, Danny McCoy, stated that "across all of the companies surveyed, the average change to pay rates during the first half of the year was a fall of 4% for management staff; 1.6% for other salaried staff; and 1% for production workers." Companies were asked what actions they intend taking over the next three months. With regard to production workers, only 2% of the respondents stated that they will increase pay; 7% said that they intend to cut pay; 20% did not state what they will do, and a large majority (71%) revealed that they would freeze pay rates. Recruitment freezes (67%) and retraining of existing staff (41%) were other likely actions.
English: http://www.eurofound.europa.eu/eiro/2009/07/articles/ie0907039i.htm

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The HRH commercial and services employers' association has called on the government to allow grea... [more]

The HRH commercial and services employers' association has called on the government to allow greater flexibility in working time in response to the impact of widespread flu infection across Norway. The association claims that a flu epidemic could double the number of workers off sick and that employers need to be able to change shift arrangements at short notice. By contrast, the Fagforbundet municipal union has rejected this claim, arguing that there is enough flexibility in the current working time rules that allow for shift changes and overtime. The YS civil service union has also expressed surprise that HRH has raised the issue this way, rather than as part of the normal process of negotiation.
English: http://www.epsu.org/cob/316;
Norwegian: http://www.nrk.no/nyheter/1.6721393

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