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Local government workers in Scotland have organised another one-day strike on 24 September and ag... [more]

Local government workers in Scotland have organised another one-day strike on 24 September and agreed to further action if the employers do not respond with an improvement on their 2.5% offer. UNISON, the largest council staff union, claims the action by around 150,000 staff across Scotland a success. Local authority employers' group Cosla called on the unions "to bring more realistic demands to the table", but the unions claimed that notably Cosla's failure to improve their offer after the first strike led to the action.
(English: http://www.epsu.org/cob/269; http://www.unison-scotland.org.uk/news/2008/septoct/1709.htm; http://www.gmb.org.uk/Templates/Internal.asp?NodeID=97519; http://www.amicustheunion.org/default.aspx?page=9167; http://news.scotsman.com/scotland/Council-workers-stage-second-strike.4523320.jp)

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In late September, the Estonian minister of education, Tonis Lukas, has promised to increase teac... [more]

In late September, the Estonian minister of education, Tonis Lukas, has promised to increase teachers' wages in 2009 despite the country's economic problems. "I'll propose to the government to raise minimum salaries of teachers by 8%, which exceeds the average wage growth forecast of the Finance Ministry", Lukas told the daily Eesti Paevaleht in an interview.
(English: The Baltic Times, 26 September 2008)

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On Friday 26 September, medical workers, teachers and police took the streets of Riga, capital of... [more]

On Friday 26 September, medical workers, teachers and police took the streets of Riga, capital of Latvia, to demand higher wages. The protests were called in effort to have the government reverse is plan to freeze all public sector wages in 2009. An estimated 1,500 medical workers and teachers took part in the first protest. In a meeting between Prime Minister Ivars Godmanis and Valdis Keris, chairman of the Latvian Health and Social Care Workers' Union, following the demonstration, the prime minister reportedly said that he would "try" to find ways to increase medical workers' salaries, but that he could not make any promises. Later that day, about 200 police officers gathered to protest low wages. On 4 October, the police plans a much larger protest.
(English: The Baltic Times, 26 September 2008)

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On the eve of the new bargaining round for a road freight transport agreement, the FNV Bondgenote... [more]

On the eve of the new bargaining round for a road freight transport agreement, the FNV Bondgenoten union started a mobilization campaign, including a petition to the employers. The union points at a report produced by AWVN, the employers' service institute, stating that the monthly wages of (international) truck drivers are lagging on average 18% behind those in comparable occupations in a number of Dutch industries, as well as at the shortage of truck drivers. The current collective agreement, covering about 140,000 truck drivers and warehouse staff, expires on 1 October, and the unions, FNV Bondgenoten and CNV Bedrijvenbond, demand a 6% wage increase for one year. In the first bargaining round the employers offered 3% per year, called "totally unacceptable" by the union negotiators as this offer remains even below the expected inflation rate.
(Dutch: http://www.fnvbondgenoten.nl/branches_bedrijven/branches/vervoer/beroepsgoederenvervoer/actie_tegen_beloningsachterstand/; http://www.nieuwsbladtransport.nl/nieuws/id23199-Wegvervoer_op_dieptepunt,_meer_loon_uit_den_boze.html)

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The public transport network will be heavily disrupted on 6 October when unions plan to protest a... [more]

The public transport network will be heavily disrupted on 6 October when unions plan to protest against the alleged government's failure to respond to rising prices, union officials said on 24 September. Unions are urging the government to take steps to alleviate the impact of inflation after it hit a 24-year high of 5.9% in last July, and hope the planned strikes will send a clear signal to the government before it presents its 2009 budget to parliament on 14 October.
(English: http://www.reuters.com/articlePrint?articleId=USLO22647820080924, via http://www.labourstart.org)

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About 2,000 Estonian seafarers are set to benefit from a three-year wage deal, covering 1 January... [more]

About 2,000 Estonian seafarers are set to benefit from a three-year wage deal, covering 1 January 2008 till 31 December 2010, following nine months of negotiations has been agreed between the Estonian Seamen's Independent Union (ESIU) and the transnational ferry company Tallink Group. The settlement follows a one-hour warning strike on 4 August when five Tallink ferries were stopped in Estonia's capital Tallinn, as well as in Helsinki and Stockholm, where Finnish and Swedish unions organised solidarity action. The deal will provide the seafarers with a 25% pay increase in September 2008, 9% in 2009 and a further 6% in 2010. Workers with more than four and nine years' service will also receive a seniority bonus of five or 10% respectively, from 1 April 2009.
(English: http://www.itfglobal.org/news-online/index.cfm/newsdetail/2611)

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The government is willing to discuss an increase in the minimum wage with the MSZOSZ union federa... [more]

The government is willing to discuss an increase in the minimum wage with the MSZOSZ union federation, state secretary of the Social and Labour Ministry G bor Simon said in an interview with business daily Napi Gazdasag. He expects this \to be a lengthy discussion. The current minimum wage was set per 1 January 2008 on HUF 69,900 (Euro 274) per month. Simon also said that the skilled minimum wage (an extra 20-25% on top of the minimum wage for jobs requiring high school diplomas or special training) could become a victim of the negotiations as to reach consensus. Union representatives disagreed, stating that "MSZOSZ always said and will always say that wages should be in sync with the level of expertise required for a particular job".
(English: http://www.budapesttimes.hu/content/view/9236/2195.html)

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The Central Committee of the IG Metall (Metal Workers' Union) has decided about the wage claim fo... [more]

The Central Committee of the IG Metall (Metal Workers' Union) has decided about the wage claim for the new collective agreement on pay for 3.6 million workers in the engineering industry: an increase of 8% for a period of 12 months. The current collective agreement is valid until 31 October 2008. First negotiations start on 2 October. IG Metall states that most likely warning strikes will start from 1 November onwards. Current accords in the automobile, IT and household goods industries all end on October 31.
(English: European Metalworkers' Federation, message to members EUCOBAN network;
http://www.dw-world.de/dw/article/0,2144,3667120,00.html)

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The Solidarnosc security workers union used children's art to send the message that most security... [more]

The Solidarnosc security workers union used children's art to send the message that most security workers have no time to spend with their families. Part of the union's campaign to raise working conditions in the industry, the exhibition "Fathers return home: Our children need their fathers" took place in front of the Sejm, a chamber of the Polish parliament. As the majority of security workers only earn Zloty 5-6 (Euro 1.40-1.70) per hour, they have to work multiple jobs in order to make ends meet. This often means working more than 300 hours per month, doing back-to-back shifts of 12 hours. A union delegation delivered an appeal to the Speaker of the Sejm, pointing out that under Polish law public institutions are obliged to choose those (security) contractors offering the lowest price, thus exerting downward pressure on wages and working conditions. The Speaker met the delegation and viewed the exhibition, after which he asked the union for a letter with concrete proposals of changes in the law.
(English: http://www.uniglobalunion.org/unipropertyn.nsf/7f9bc1ab9d900747c1257044004ba821/4c9da75e43e81b1cc12574cd00280985?OpenDocument)

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The G™D public sector union has written to the finance ministry asking for the annual pay negotia... [more]

The G™D public sector union has written to the finance ministry asking for the annual pay negotiations to start soon to ensure that pay increases will be implemented as normal from 1 January 2009. The union also underlines the need for negotiators to take account of the agreed measures of inflation and national productivity growth in the 12 months to September 2008. The union's specific wage demand will be confirmed during the course of the negotiations.
(English: http://www.epsu.org/cob/269;
German: http://www.goed.at/files/877/Gehaltsabkommen_2009.pdf)

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