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From 13 March on, affiliates of the LO blue-collar workers' confederation have been involved in a... [more]

From 13 March on, affiliates of the LO blue-collar workers' confederation have been involved in a range of demonstrations and events throughout the country highlighting the importance and value of collective agreements. The main collective bargaining round is underway and LO wants to ensure that workers are aware of the benefits of collective agreements, to those covered by them but also to the working of society and the economy in general.
English: http://www.epsu.org/cob/358;
Swedish: http://www.lo.se/home/lo/home.nsf/unidview/

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Workers in local and provincial government are continuing their industrial action to win better p... [more]

Workers in local and provincial government are continuing their industrial action to win better pay offers from the employers. The action involves a range of short stoppages by different groups of workers across the country, starting in garbage collection. A key demand of the unions is that municipal and provincial workers should be treated the same as other workers and get the increase in purchasing power negotiated as part of the national 2009 social accord. Unions argue that a pay freeze over the next two years will leave workers 6% worse off in terms of purchasing power (See also this Collective Bargaining Newsletter Year 2 December 2009 and Year 3 January 2010).
English: http://www.epsu.org/cob/354
Dutch: http://www.abvakabofnv.nl/nieuws/nieuws/ambtenaren-in-actie;
http://www.cnvpubliekezaak.nl/Nullijn_groot_koopkrachtverlies_ambtenaren .

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Twelve unions, including the MUT, the GWU and the MUMN, have announced a rally in protest against... [more]

Twelve unions, including the MUT, the GWU and the MUMN, have announced a rally in protest against utility tariffs for 28 February. Union leaders emphasized that the protest is not political. "It is about jobs and the hardship being caused to the people," John Bencini, chairman of the Ghaqda Unions Maltin, said.
English: http://www.timesofmalta.com/articles/view/20100215/local/tariffs
via http://www.labourstart.org/cgi-bin/show_news.pl?country=Malta

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The NSF nurses' union is angry that the government has intervened in the union's dispute with pri... [more]

The NSF nurses' union is angry that the government has intervened in the union's dispute with private sector health employers. The union had been trying to ensure that nurses employed by companies in the NHO employers' federation in line with nurses in the public sector. The employers threatened to close a hospital in reaction to the union's industrial action and the government stepped in to force the dispute to arbitration. The union has called on the government to abide by Convention 94 of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) that calls for contracts issued by public authorities to maintain pay in conditions in line with practice in the sector. NSF has been trying to negotiate a collective agreement with NHO for three years and resorted to strike action after arbitration failed.
English: http://www.epsu.org/cob/354; http://www.epsu.org/cob/352
Norwegian: https://www.sykepleierforbundet.no/portal/page/portal/NSF/VisArtikkel ...

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A recent survey by the LO trade union confederation concludes that 27% of part-time workers are w... [more]

A recent survey by the LO trade union confederation concludes that 27% of part-time workers are willing and able to work longer hours but are not given that option by their employers. Of these 280,000 workers, 80% are women and 70% are blue-collar. LO unions have made longer hours for part-time workers one of their key demands in the current bargaining round, arguing that in the current situation part-time is just providing flexibility on the employers' terms, irrespective of what the workers want.
English: http://www.epsu.org/cob/354;
http://www.lo.se/home/lo/home.nsf/unidView/99BB196606B3385AC12576BE ...

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Supported by the UNISON public service union, women workers at Sheffield City Council in the Nort... [more]

Supported by the UNISON public service union, women workers at Sheffield City Council in the North East of England have won an equal pay case in the Court of Appeal that is likely to have an impact across local government. The union argued that predominantly women workers in jobs such care workers and school meals staff were losing out as the predominantly male workers in jobs like street cleansing and gardening benefited from bonuses that could boost their basic pay by 30% or more.
English: http://www.epsu.org/cob/354;
http://www.unison.org.uk/asppresspack/pressrelease_view.asp?id=1727

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The GDG-KMSfB public services union has attacked calls for new collective agreements in hospitals... [more]

The GDG-KMSfB public services union has attacked calls for new collective agreements in hospitals that would threaten the current earnings of health workers. The union has made clear that it would defend hospital workers' pay and conditions and call for improvements in view of their hard work and unsocial hours. The GDG also criticised the employers' organisation (Wirtschaftskammer) for claiming that massive savings could be made through privatisation of health services.
English: http://www.epsu.org/cob/354;
German: http://www.gdg.at/servlet/ContentServer?pagename=C01/Page/Index&n .

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A meeting of about 100 works council representatives has called on the Red Cross in Vienna to sto... [more]

A meeting of about 100 works council representatives has called on the Red Cross in Vienna to stop delaying and make a pay offer and not try to freeze pay for 2010. The workers argue that their pay should rise in line with workers delivering similar services and point to the recent agreement in the BAGS private health negotiations that produced a 1.5% pay increase (See also this Collective Bargaining Newsletter Year 3 January 2010).
English: http://www.epsu.org/cob/354;
German: http://www.vida.at/servlet/ContentServer?pagename=S03/Page/Index&n=S03_0

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The government has said that discussions over increasing the pension age to 65, from 63 for men a... [more]

The government has said that discussions over increasing the pension age to 65, from 63 for men and from 60 for women, have been temporarily suspended. The Minister of Labour and Social Policy, Totyu Mladenov, stated that the government's priorities would be the start of health care reforms and the stabilization of the labour market.
English: http://www.epsu.org/cob/354;
http://www.novinite.com/view_news.php?id=113060

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The FOA public services union is worried that local authorities are taking on unskilled workers a... [more]

The FOA public services union is worried that local authorities are taking on unskilled workers as part of a subsidised employment scheme and then using them to replace existing, skilled and higher paid employees. The union reports one case where a nursing home sacked a number of workers but not before asking them to provide training to the subsidised employees who would replace them. The FOA says that the number of subsidised jobs in local government increased to 13,653 in 2009 up from 9,128 in 2008, but could rise to 25,000 in 2010. The union is concerned about the impact on the quality of care.
English: http://www.epsu.org/cob/354;
Danish: http://www.foa.dk/Forbund/Presse.aspx?newsid={25120568-E99A-42C4 .

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