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The public service unions ABVAKABO FNV and CNV Publieke Zaak are pleased that the BKN employers' ... [more]

The public service unions ABVAKABO FNV and CNV Publieke Zaak are pleased that the BKN employers' association has lost its appeal against extension of the collective agreement in the childcare sector. The main agreement, covering 80% of the sector, is negotiated between the unions and the MO employers' group. The Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment agreed that this should be extended to cover the whole sector, but BKN appealed against the decision. The unions argue that it is important that workers are covered by the same arrangements across the sector to ensure their conditions are maintained when they move from job to job.
English: http://www.epsu.org/cob/316;
Dutch: http://www.abvakabofnv.nl/cao/bericht/een_cao_voor_de_kinderopvang_behouden/;
http://www.mijnvakbond.nl/Definitief_n_CAO_Kinderopvang?referrer=272

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The two main public service federations, FSC-CCOO and FSP-UGT, have signed the third agreement co... [more]

The two main public service federations, FSC-CCOO and FSP-UGT, have signed the third agreement covering workers in the general state administration. The agreement covers around 60,000 workers across Spain and was also signed by the CSI-CSIF, CIG and ELA trade unions. The unions are positive about the agreement and its improvements in pay. The agreement runs until 31 December 2009 and confirms a range of increases including the 1% increase in the wage bill established by the 2009 budget, 0.37% in additional funds from 2007-2009, 2% in productivity payments and an overall sum of Euro 90,000 arising from the extension of the 2004 agreement. Unions are especially happy about the overall increase in funding of Euro 1.2 million that was not included in the government's original offer.
English: http://www.epsu.org/cob/316;
Spanish: http://www.fspugt.es/UGT_cierra_el_III_Convenio.

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The Federation Chimie Energie CFDT (FCE-CFDT) has pledged full support for the national framework... [more]

The Federation Chimie Energie CFDT (FCE-CFDT) has pledged full support for the national framework agreement, reached between the Union des Industries Chimiques (UIC) and the Ministry of Economy, Industry, and Employment. The agreement outlines the responsibilities of companies facing difficulties during the current economic and financial crisis. Companies are encouraged to expand training programs for employees, to avoid redundancies, and to develop skills. The French state has made a commitment of Euro 8.5 million for the implementation of the programmes outlined in the agreement, until December 2011. The FCE-CFDT will ensure, in particular, that this training development plan will benefit the most vulnerable workers and the companies truly facing serious financial difficulties.
English: http://www.icem.org/en/78-ICEM-InBrief/3353-French-Chemical-Workers.

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Trade union representatives were not invited at the August 9 meeting between Prime Minister Boyko... [more]

Trade union representatives were not invited at the August 9 meeting between Prime Minister Boyko Borisov and representatives of shareholders in the Kremikovtzi steel mill, union leaders Vasil Yanachkov and Lyudmil Pavlov told a news agency. Yanachkov, chairman of the Federal Trade Union Organization "Metalizti", saidÿ: "We have shown enough activism and we have impressed the society. Yet, we couldn't tell management, shareholders nor the prime minister what to do, though we will express our position." According to Yanachkov the right way to save the steel mill is through debt capitalization (See also this Collective Bargaining Newsletter Year 2 April 2009).
English: http://www.focus-fen.net/index.php?id=n190591;
via http://www.labourstart.org/cgi-bin/show_news.pl?country=Bulgaria

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Local government employers have made a final offer of a 1% pay increase (1.25% for the lowest pai... [more]

Local government employers have made a final offer of a 1% pay increase (1.25% for the lowest paid) for craft workers such as bricklayers, electricians and plumbers. The 40,000 workers covered by the negotiations are covered by a different agreement from the administrative and other council workers covered by the main local government services agreement. The craft trade unions involved (Unite, GMB and UCATT) are unhappy at the employers' offer. Moreover, they want to abolish the separate agreement and integrate all craft workers into the main local government agreement.
English: http://www.epsu.org/cob/315#a5519; http://www.unitetheunion.com/news__events/latest_news/unite_disgusted.

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The CGT public services federation is hopeful that draft legislation that would undermine employm... [more]

The CGT public services federation is hopeful that draft legislation that would undermine employment rights in local and regional government will be defeated, also as a result of the union campaign. The proposal was introduced with a view to relaxing the rules on recruitment of workers to local and regional government. The union warned that the draft legislation would effectively mean the end to the statutory regulations that cover employees in the sector. Not only the Association of Mayors but also the Minister of the Interior have rejected the proposals and indicated their support for the maintenance of the statutory regulations.
English: http://www.epsu.org/cob/315#a5519;
French: http://www.spterritoriaux.cgt.fr/spip.php?article3319

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Discussions over the economic crisis involving the government, the CCOO and UGT union confederati... [more]

Discussions over the economic crisis involving the government, the CCOO and UGT union confederations and the CEOE employers' association have broken down, after the CEOE set out a series of "clarifications" regarding the current negotiations. The unions reaffirmed their commitment to the social dialogue and the need to discuss how to deal with increasing unemployment. They said that the CEOE had undermined the negotiating process by trying to introduce a series of demands that were clearly unacceptable. These included reopening the debate on labour reform and the issue of the ease of dismissal, the conversion of recruitment agencies into for-profit agencies and the use of temporary employment in the public arena, cutting social security contributions, and separating the reduction of corporate tax from any requirement to maintain employment.
English: http://www.epsu.org/cob/315#a5519;
Spanish: http://www.ugt.es/actualidad/2009/julio/c23072009.html

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According to data from the Labour Research Department (LRD) Payline database, wage freezes are no... [more]

According to data from the Labour Research Department (LRD) Payline database, wage freezes are not the only way employers have responded to the economic crisis. According to Payline, just 23% of wage settlements since January 2009 have included pay freezes. Only in a handful of cases there have been pay cuts. Yet, the level of pay increases has dropped to an overall median of 2.5% from January - June 2009. The median rise since January 2009 for long-term deals is 3.2%, compared to the median for new deals of 2%. "It is likely that employers that sign long-term deals with their unions favour stability and good industrial relations", said Lewis Emery, LRD's pay and conditions researcher.
English: press release Labour Research Department (LRD);
http://www.lrd.org.uk/index.php?pagid=18

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Public services union UNISON has won an equal pay tribunal case against the Bury Metropolitan Bor... [more]

Public services union UNISON has won an equal pay tribunal case against the Bury Metropolitan Borough council in the North West of England. Around 1,200 low paid women workers - cleaners, cooks and support staff - are set benefit from new pay arrangements that will mean they can earn the same kind of bonus payments, worth 33.3% or 50% of hourly pay, as are paid in male-dominated jobs like in gardening and refuse collection.
English: http://www.epsu.org/cob/314;
http://www.unison.org.uk/asppresspack/pressrelease_view.asp?id=1483

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The SAK blue-collar trade union confederation is aiming to secure a minimum wage of Euro 1,500 fo... [more]

The SAK blue-collar trade union confederation is aiming to secure a minimum wage of Euro 1,500 for all full-time workers covered by the agreements negotiated in co-ordination by its affiliates. The new president of SAK, Lauri Lyly, stated that the organisation will fight for this basic pay during the next round of wage negotiations. He added that employees should be able to survive on their earnings without having to resort to welfare benefits. There is no statutory minimum wage in Finland with minimum wages set in different sectoral collective agreements, and a Euro 1,500 minimum wage would mean a substantial increase for some groups of workers.
English: http://www.epsu.org/cob/314; http://www.artto.kaapeli.fi/unions/T2009/m26; http://www.eurofound.europa.eu/eiro/2009/06/articles/fi0906039i.htm

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