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The GPA-DJP trade union has called on the Red Cross to negotiate over how to pay wages owed to ar... [more]

The GPA-DJP trade union has called on the Red Cross to negotiate over how to pay wages owed to around 200 workers. For many years the Red Cross's blood donation service has made errors in its wage calculations, failing to pay correct overtime payments and other allowances. It is estimated that the 200 workers are owed around Euro 2 million. The union says that the Red Cross is trying to resolve the issue through individual discussions with workers, giving them a tight deadline to accept offers of payment below what they are really entitled to.
English: http://www.epsu.org/cob/314;
German: http://www.gpa-djp.at/servlet/ContentServer?pagename=GPA/Page/Index&n=GPA_0.a&cid=1246616837041

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The Kommunal union has warned that the crisis has already spread from the private sector to the p... [more]

The Kommunal union has warned that the crisis has already spread from the private sector to the public sector as care workers have been losing their jobs. A survey carried out by the union suggests 7,500 care jobs have already been cut, while the SKL local and regional government employers' association predicts 15,000 job cuts this year and next. The union points out that those losing their jobs are invariably women on part-time and precarious contracts; it stresses that employers are finding it easy to cut jobs, particularly among fixed-term and agency workers. Kommunal wants to see increased funding for care services from the central government and rejects any notion of a pay cut for care workers.
English: http://www.epsu.org/cob/314;
Swedish: http://www.kommunal.se/Nyheter/2009/Mars/Absolut-nej-till-lonesankningar/

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The PCS civil service union has organised an overtime ban in tax offices, in protest at the incre... [more]

The PCS civil service union has organised an overtime ban in tax offices, in protest at the increase in overtime that is being used to maintain services after 19,000 jobs have been cut from the department. The union argues that the department should be hiring staff not relying on overtime and temporary workers, particularly in a recession when it is vital to try to collect the estimated Euro 30 billion in uncollected tax. A further 6,000 jobs are due to go by 2011.
English: http://www.epsu.org/cob/314;
http://www.pcs.org.uk/en/news_and_events.

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The three unions, ABVAKABO FNV, CNV Publieke Zaak and NU'91 have negotiated a new 24-month collec... [more]

The three unions, ABVAKABO FNV, CNV Publieke Zaak and NU'91 have negotiated a new 24-month collective agreement for the mental health care sector in a difficult bargaining environment, with the government willing to cut the health budget. There will be a 1% pay increase on 1 October 2009 and another 1% on 1 August 2010. The year-end bonus payment will be worth 5.25% of salary in 2009 and 5.75% of salary in 2010, while there will also be a 0.65% lump sum payment. New flexible working hours' arrangements will be introduced, along with improved work-life balance provisions that will allow employees to use or save an extra 35 hours of leave.
English: http://www.epsu.org/cob/314;
Dutch: http://www.abvakabofnv.nl/cao/bericht/op_de_valreep.

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Unless protests like strikes and picket lines in front of the parliament building, organised by t... [more]

Unless protests like strikes and picket lines in front of the parliament building, organised by the Estonian Confederation of Trade Unions (ECUTU), the new Labour Contract Law took effect on 1 July. The law includes the last minute amendments criticized by the union movement and disturbing the balance between job security and labour market flexibility, for the unions an essential goal of the law (See also this Collective Bargaining Newsletter Year 2 May and June 2009).
English: http://www.eurofound.europa.eu/eiro/2009/07/articles/ee0907029i.htm

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In June 2009, the Institute of Economic and Social Research (WSI) within the Hans B”ckler Foundat... [more]

In June 2009, the Institute of Economic and Social Research (WSI) within the Hans B”ckler Foundation presented its interim report on the 2009 round of collective bargaining. It evaluates the collective agreements concluded in the first half of 2009, affecting about 20% of all employees covered by such agreements. Calculated on an annual basis, the average increase in wages and salaries will amount to about 3% in 2009, which is slightly above the average pay increase of 2.9% in 2008. The average increase in eastern German pay levels is estimated to be about 3.5%, thereby bringing this year's increases above the western German level. The effects of the economic crisis were only partly felt.
English: http://www.eurofound.europa.eu/eiro/2009/07/articles/de0907019i.htm;
German: http://www.boeckler.de/pdf/p_ta_hjb_2008.pdf

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The new part-time unemployment scheme that the government introduced as of 1 April seemed already... [more]

The new part-time unemployment scheme that the government introduced as of 1 April seemed already to come at its end by 23 June, when Jan-Hein Donner, Minister of Social Affairs and Employment, announced a halt because of the reserved Euro 375 million had been spent. The announcement led to a broad protest, including the major three trade union confederation FNV, CNV and MHP, and the employers 'association VNO-NCW. Obviously because of this pressure, two days later the Minister announced the prolongation of the scheme, be it applying more tight criteria for companies willing to use the scheme. For the time being, the social partners are opposing such tightening (See also this Collective Bargaining Newsletter Year 2, March, April and May).
Dutch: De Volkskrant, June 23 and 25, 2009
English: http://www.monstersandcritics.com/news/business/news/ .

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The Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU) has said that it is disappointed with aspects of the go... [more]

The Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU) has said that it is disappointed with aspects of the governments' most recent proposals for economic recovery. However speaking after a meeting of ICTU's executive council, general secretary David Begg said that the Government proposals were "the only show in town". Mr Begg said the ICTU's members would not expect to walk away when it could influence events, though he also stipulated that ICTU did not have sufficient information to make judgements on the proposals and would be seeking clarifications. The union leader said that there were also concerns at the government proposal to suspend a review of the minimum wage until 2011. However he said it would continue to be a floor for wage formation in the economy (See also this Collective Bargaining Newsletter Year 2 April and May).
English: http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/breaking/2009/0624/breaking30.htm
via http://www.labourstart.org/cgi-bin/show_news.pl?country=Ireland

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On 23 June, hundreds of engineering construction workers at the Lindsey oil refinery of Total bu... [more]

On 23 June, hundreds of engineering construction workers at the Lindsey oil refinery of Total burned dismissal notices on Monday after they were sacked for going on strike. The latest dispute began two weeks ag0, when a subcontractor for Total made 51 workers redundant while another contractor was hiring 61 staff on the same project. After hundreds stopped work in protest and unofficial strikes spread by text and flying pickets across the UK, 647 workers were sacked. Consequently, across the energy sector thousands walked out in protest. Among others, more than 1,000 contract builders at the new Ensus biofuel refinery on Teesside decided to stay on unofficial strike after receiving text messages on a grapevine set up by members of the GMB and Unite unions. The unions prepare to ballot 30,000 workers to turn the wildcat walkouts into an official strike.
English: http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2009/jun/24/strike-action-recession
http://www.minimumwage.org.uk/news.asp;
http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2009/jun/24/lindsey-sympathy-strikes

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On Monday 22 June, a 24 hours' strike by railway workers aimed at bringing all rail services in F... [more]

On Monday 22 June, a 24 hours' strike by railway workers aimed at bringing all rail services in Finland to a halt. The industrial action by the Railway Workers Union and the Railway Salaried Staff's Union was meant as a to protest the state's corporate ownership policies. "The idea that the main task of VR (the state-owned railway company) is to transport people and goods safely has been excessively supplanted by market-driven thinking", Vesa Mauriala, chairman of the Railway Workers Union, explained. The unions are also protesting previously announced temporary redundancies among personnel. The strike does not seem to have caused major traffic jams.
English: http://www.hs.fi/english/article/Protest ...
http://www.hs.fi/english/article/Railway ...

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