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The new two-year agreements covering municipal workers include a 0.8% pay increase from 15 Februa... [more]

The new two-year agreements covering municipal workers include a 0.8% pay increase from 15 February for certain groups of workers such as those in catering, cleaning, social care and childcare, and then 0.7% to be allocated at local level by 1 September. The minimum pay for trainees rises from 1 February by about 9% to Euro 1,450 per month. The unions involved had wanted to make some progress on parental leave and to place limits on the use of fixed-term workers but these were not part of the agreement. The basic deal has still to be approved by union members.
English: http://www.epsu.org/cob/354; http://www.jhl.fi/uutinen/6448

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In response to a statement by President Sarkozy that contract workers in the public sector would ... [more]

In response to a statement by President Sarkozy that contract workers in the public sector would gradually be given civil servant status, the CGT public services federation has launched a petition supporting this policy. The petition also calls for any contract worker to be reinstated if their contract has been terminated since 1 January. The CGT says that there are around 840,000 contract workers in the public sector, with some 30% of workers in local and regional government working on contracts rather than civil service status. The union wants to see an end to the lower pay, poorer conditions and precariousness suffered by these workers.
English: http://www.epsu.org/cob/354;
French: http://www.spterritoriaux.cgt.fr/spip.php?article3770

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The seven main public sector federations have issued a joint statement explaining their decision ... [more]

The seven main public sector federations have issued a joint statement explaining their decision to stay away from the state civil service committee meeting on 11 February, in protest at the government's insistence that the meeting should discuss its new regulations on restructuring. The new decree will reduce civil servants' rights in the case of a restructuring so that they will have to accept more or less any job rather than remain in the area in which they currently work. The unions argue that this is part of the wider measures introduced by the government which will lead to a reduction in public sector employment and will threaten the delivery of services.
English: http://www.epsu.org/cob/354; French: http://www.ugff.cgt.fr/spip.php?article677

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The ADEDY civil service confederation said that support for the national public sector strike on ... [more]

The ADEDY civil service confederation said that support for the national public sector strike on 10 February was very high - overall at 75% with up to 90% backing in some areas. The unions were protesting at government plans to cut public sector pay as part of a strategy, supported by the European Commission, to deal with the governmental budget deficit. The plans include public sector pay freezes, the raising of the retirement age, slashing of bonuses on salaries and tax rises across the board.
English: http://www.epsu.org/cob/354ÿ;
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/feb/10/athens-greece-protest-strike
Greek: http://www.adedy.gr/adedy/site/home/ws/primary+menu/deltia/2010/february ...

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The SINTAP public service trade union has reported on its first meeting with the government over ... [more]

The SINTAP public service trade union has reported on its first meeting with the government over the 2010 negotiations, saying that there is an enormous gap between union demands and what is on offer from the government. The union rejects the idea of a pay freeze, arguing that more efficient management can deliver cost savings to finance a pay rise. It also rejects the planned reforms to the pension system.
English: http://www.epsu.org/cob/354; Portuguese: http://www.sintap.pt/

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After a strike and tough negotiations, works council, IG Metall union and the management of Autom... [more]

After a strike and tough negotiations, works council, IG Metall union and the management of Automotive Lighting Reutlingen (AL) came to an agreement concerning the relocation of production. Key points were: no redundancies till the end of 2015; continuation of one assembly line for reflectors in Reutlingen; setting up of a working group to develop a sustainable concept for the Reutlingen plant; the design of important future technologies in Reutlingen. The union regards the agreement as an example for similar situations of relocation (See also this Collective Bargaining Newsletter Year 3 January 2010).
English: message of EUCOBAN network of EMF / EFFAT / ETUF-TCL / EMCEF
German: http://www.reutlingen.igm.de/news/meldung.html?id=36970

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SIPTU, the largest affiliate of the ICTU confederation, has launched a campaign against what the ... [more]

SIPTU, the largest affiliate of the ICTU confederation, has launched a campaign against what the union calls the government's plans to reduce the incomes of the lowest paid workers. SIPTU Divisional Organiser, Patricia King, launched a publication outlining how the government proposes to reduce the incomes of workers whose pay rates are set by Employment Regulation Orders (EROs) and Registered Employment Agreements (REAs) and also threatens to reduce the National Minimum Wage of Euro 8.65 an hour (See also this Collective Bargaining Newsletter Year 3 January 2010).
English: http://www.siptu.ie/PressRoom/NewsReleases/2010/Name,11412,en.html

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The parties involved reached a basic agreement in the metalworking and electrical engineering ind... [more]

The parties involved reached a basic agreement in the metalworking and electrical engineering industries, covering 180,000 workers and 1 February 2010 - 1 May 2011. The FNV Bondgenoten union negotiators have expressed their satisfaction with the results. By 1 July 2010, a pay increase of 0.5% is envisaged, as well as an increase of 1.15% by 1 January 2011. The Labour Market and Training Foundation launched in the 2007-2010 collective agreement will make an additional effort in maintaining employment and training, for which purpose around Euro 30 million will be deployed. Extra efforts have been agreed as to increase the inflow of young workers. Former arrangements for early retirement will be respected due to a temporarily extra employers' fee. The membership ballot closes on 12 March.
English: message of EUCOBAN network of EMF / EFFAT / ETUF-TCL / EMCEF
Dutch: http://www.fnvbondgenoten.nl/branches_bedrijven/branches/metaal/fnv_metaal .

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After two rounds of negotiations, the GPA-djp and PRO-GEÿunions secured a 1.6% pay increase on th... [more]

After two rounds of negotiations, the GPA-djp and PRO-GEÿunions secured a 1.6% pay increase on the lowest pay rates for the 18,000 workers in the electricity industry. Increases on higher pay rates vary between 1.45% and 1.55%. The agreement runs from 1 February 2010 to 31 January 2011.
English: http://www.epsu.org/cob/352;
German: http://www.gpa-djp.at/servlet/ContentServer?pagename=GPA/Page/Index&n=GPA .

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Workers in the non-profit sector that includes hospitals and social services took to the streets ... [more]

Workers in the non-profit sector that includes hospitals and social services took to the streets in Brussels in December and early February, in support of demands of the joint unions for the collective agreement covering 2010 and next years. The unions are concerned that government budgets for 2010 do not include any provisions for a revised agreement.
English: http://www.epsu.org/cob/352
Dutch: http://lbc-nvk.acv-online.be/Actualiteit/LBC_NVK_persberichten/2010 .
French: http://www.cgslb.be/secteurs/non-marchand/secteurs-region-wallonne ...

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