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For Saturday 27 February, the SETCA/BBTK, LBC-NVK, and CNE unions announced a general 24-hours' s... [more]

For Saturday 27 February, the SETCA/BBTK, LBC-NVK, and CNE unions announced a general 24-hours' strike at Carrefour Belgium. They argued that with the selling or closure of 21 stores of the supermarket/hypermarket chain the sustainability of the entire Belgian part is at stake. They said that already for a decade they have been asking for a commercially ambitious plan, not once a cost-cutting plan at the expenses of the workers. Also, the unions demand the upcoming discussion on the collective agreement to take place in the framework of collective bargaining for the retail sector at large.
English: http://www.uniglobalunion.org/Apps/iportal.nsf/pages/homeEn?Open ...
Dutch: http://www.standaard.be/artikel/detail.aspx?artikelid=VE2MPHFS;
French: http://www.7sur7.be/7s7/fr/1536/Economie/article/detail/1072528/2010 ...

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Public service union CISL FP is targeting the final bargaining round for the four separate agreem... [more]

Public service union CISL FP is targeting the final bargaining round for the four separate agreements concerning the public service managers. The first agreement to come fully into force -and whose provisions usually serve as a model for the other three- is that concerning ministry officers. The final agreement covering 2007-2010 was signed mid-February and has been approved by the authority controlling state budget, which allows it to become effective for 3,700 ministry officers. Pay increases are 4.85% for 2006-2007 and 3.2% for 2008-2009. On 22 February, the agreement for 2006-2007 for regional and local administrations has finally been signed. It will be effective for more than 10,000 chief officers and managers for whom the average pay increase will be Euro 281,20 per month. CISL FP is now pushing to speed up negotiations for 2008-2009.
English and Italian: report CISL FP International Office (Mirko Checcacci)

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On 25 February PCS, the civil services union, announced that up to 270,000 civil and public serva... [more]

On 25 February PCS, the civil services union, announced that up to 270,000 civil and public servants from across the country are set to launch a month of industrial action, with a 48 hour strike on 8 and 9 March in a dispute over unilateral changes to redundancy terms. This decision was made following strong support in a ballot which saw 63.4% of those voting backing strike action and 81.4% supporting an overtime ban. The strikes, which will involve Jobcentre staff, tax workers, coastguards, border agency officials, courts staff and driving test examiners, are a result of the government and Cabinet Office making unilateral changes to the civil service compensation scheme.
English: http://www.pcs.org.uk/en/news_and_events/news_centre/index.cfm/id ...

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On 18 February, a pilot collective agreement has been agreed between the IG Metall union and the ... [more]

On 18 February, a pilot collective agreement has been agreed between the IG Metall union and the Gesamtmetall employers' association, covering 700,000 metal and electronics workers in the federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW). According to IG Metall, the agreement will be an excellent instrument to bridge both the decrease in production and to avoid redundancies until mid-2012. It can be adopted by a voluntarily company agreement in companies which have been in the official short-time arrangement ("Kurzarbeit") for at least 12 months. When a company is in statutory short-time, redundancies are not allowed. From 1 May 2010 till 31 March 2011 the pay scales of the former agreement will be extended, and a lump sum of Euro 320 (Euro 120 for apprentices) has to be paid in two steps, on 1 May 2010 and on 1 December 2010. On 1 April 2011 wages will be increased by 2.7 %. The agreement on wages ends after 23 months, on 31 March 2012. Afterwards, it has been agreed that the NRW agreement will also be implemented in three other states, Niedersachsen, Baden-Wrttemberg and Bavaria.
English: message of EUCOBAN network of EMF / EFFAT / ETUF-TCL / EMCEFÿ;
http://www.icem.org/en/78-ICEM-InBrief/3636-German-Metalworkers-Employers .
German: http://www.igmetall.de/cps/rde/xchg/internet/style.xsl/view_3615.htm

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On Wednesday 24 February, Greece came to a standstill as millions of workers, both public and pri... [more]

On Wednesday 24 February, Greece came to a standstill as millions of workers, both public and private, stayed away from work in protest at the government's austerity programme and anger at the European Union's role in enforcing the cuts. A one-day general strike grounded all flights and buses, trains and ferries were halted. Schools, government ministries, local authorities were also closed, with hospitals only manned by emergency staff. The general strike follows a wave of sectoral actions, with further industrial action expected. The unions are currently discussing their next steps and another day of action is expected in March, though there are no plans for future general strikes.
English: http://euobserver.com/9/29555

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On 23 February, thousands of workers protested in Spain's major cities against government spendin... [more]

On 23 February, thousands of workers protested in Spain's major cities against government spending cuts and plans to raise the pension age from 65 to 67. The rallies were the first mass union protests in the six years of Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero's socialist government. The main demonstration was in Madrid, where according to union officials 60,000 protested. The rallies were part of a nationwide campaign organised by the two main union confederations, CCOO and UGT. Over 100 demonstrations have been planned in the two weeks at the end of February and beginning of March. The unions argue that the public pensions system is in good health and does not need the drastic reform being proposed. They also argue that the government should do more to increase the minimum wage and reduce precarious employment conditions as ways of boosting payments into the social security system.
English: http://www.epsu.org/cob/354; http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe ...
Spanish: http://www.ugt.es/actualidad/2010/febrero/c12022010.html

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According to Irish Trade Union Congress (ICTU) president Jack O' Connor, time is running out for ... [more]

According to Irish Trade Union Congress (ICTU) president Jack O' Connor, time is running out for a negotiated solution to the current industrial action involving 300,000 public service workers.ÿ "A fair solution to the issues at stake is still possible, a solution which links better public service provision with stable and secure employment and a framework for restoring the agreed pay scales," O' Connor told public service workers at a mass protest rally in Galway. He argued that far from inefficient or bloated, the numbers in the Irish public service as a percentage of total employment compares favourably with most EU members including countries with good quality provision.
English: http://www.siptu.ie/PressRoom/NewsReleases/2010/Name,11443,en.html

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A new collective agreement has been agreed for the manufacturing sector between the Central Organ... [more]

A new collective agreement has been agreed for the manufacturing sector between the Central Organization of Industrial Employees in Denmark (CO-industri) and the Confederation of Danish Industry (DI), directly covering about 240,000 workers and indirectly affecting another 350,000 workers. The agreement may pave the way for others. Wage negotiations will take place via decentralised negotiations in the period of validity of the agreement. Main points in the agreement are: as of 1 March 2011 pension contributions will be paid already after two months of employment, down from the previous nine months; the employer can no longer demand that an employee takes remaining special vacation days in his period of notice if the termination of the contract is instigated by the employer; salaries for apprentices will be increased by 2% as of 1 March 2010 and by 2.5% as of 1 March 2011; as of 1 March 2011 the period of paid parental leave is extended by one week for both the mother and the father; as of 1 May 2010 severance pay is introduced as an automatic right in case of dismissal.
English: message of EUCOBAN network of EMF / EFFAT / ETUF-TCL / EMCEF; http://uk.reuters.com/article/idUKLDE61L0TF20100222

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On 18 February, four French unions approved average wage increases for 60,000 EDF (Electricit‚ de... [more]

On 18 February, four French unions approved average wage increases for 60,000 EDF (Electricit‚ de France) workers of 4.4% for 2010. CFDT, CGT, CFTC, and CFE-CGC agreed on a progressive wage accord that has a base salary increase, plus increases based on seniority, training, incentives, and promotions. An industry-wide increase of 1.2% that was negotiated in November 2009 and took effect on 1 January 2010 is also factored into the 4.4% average increase. The agreement includes individual incentives of up to 1.8%, and prioritises training and career advancement opportunities. The CFDT termed the agreement satisfactory, while the CGT said it makes up some of the lost purchasing power of the recent past.
English: http://www.icem.org/en/78-ICEM-InBrief/3635-French-Unions-EDF-Agree-to ...
French: http://www.investir.fr/infos-conseils-boursiers/infos-conseils-valeurs/infos/edf ...

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The answers of 10,000 respondents in August-December 2009 on the continuous WageIndicator web sur... [more]

The answers of 10,000 respondents in August-December 2009 on the continuous WageIndicator web survey (in Germany called Lohnspiegel) indicate that the official short-time arrangement has been widely used. Overall, the arrangement was used by 19% of all companies, but by a much larger part (35%) in companies that were hit by the crisis since the beginning of 2009. The score was even 73% among metal firms hit by the crisis. One in five respondents answered that their monthly wages had recently decreased; in metal manufacturing this was even one in three. The researchers of the Hans B”ckler Foundation, in analysing the results, suggest that short-time work played a major role in decreasing wages.
German: http://www.boeckler.de/320_102969.html

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