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UK unions have rejected a plan for a 10% across-the-board pay cut at Corus as the steel giant tri... [more]

UK unions have rejected a plan for a 10% across-the-board pay cut at Corus as the steel giant tries to adapt to the global crisis. In London officials from the three unions that represent Corus workers - Community, Unite and the GMB - met to discuss the company's prospects. Corus itself said it had been discussing various options with the unions: "In the short term, payroll reductions and specific government support for temporary unemployment could be of great assistance to address the current market conditions." The union representatives strongly denied proposing a 10% cut in wages in return for saving 1,000 jobs and preventing Corus's Llanwern plant in Wales from closing. A joint union statement said: "The company's proposals for a 10% pay cut were part of a range of options which have been so far rejected by the unions. Before we reach any agreement on the future of the 25,000 UK employees, the unions are demanding that Corus makes clear its intentions for 2009". Corus, the Anglo-Dutch subsidiary of the Indian Tata conglomerate, has already announced to reduce its European output by 30% by March 2009.
(English: http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/2008/12/12/unions-reject-corus-10-pay-cut-plan-91466-22459970/; http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2008/dec/12/manufacturing-tradeunions via http://www.labourstart.org/cgi-bin/show_news.pl?country=UK)

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In the next round of collective bargaining the 13 members of the Finnish Council of Industrial Tr... [more]

In the next round of collective bargaining the 13 members of the Finnish Council of Industrial Trade Unions intend to strengthen their mutual cooperation. The council, representing 750,000 workers organised in unions from the three confederations, SAK, STTK and Akava, decided to approve common goals and coordinate their actions more closely. This decision reflects to the new situation created by the Confederation of Finnish Industries (EK), that no longer supports the model of comprehensive income policy successfully applied in Finland since the late 1960s. According to EK, this model does not leave enough space for company and local level collective bargaining. (See also this Collective Bargaining Newsletter Year 1 No. 5).
(English: http://www.union.ee/index.php?id=20&uudis=3072)

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The SNTCT and SINTTAV unions are continuing their struggle for their demands to be met in negotia... [more]

The SNTCT and SINTTAV unions are continuing their struggle for their demands to be met in negotiations for their collective agreement with the Portuguese Postal company, CTT Correios. This struggle has been going on for many months now and SNTCT is actually involved in another 4 day strike to try and get CTT Correios back to the bargaining table. CTT Correios have also been making demands on the union that have made it extremely difficult for the latter to continue its day to day activities, such as insisting that union officials who are employed by CTT Correios are at their workplaces all the time instead of having time off for union activities that they have previously been entitled to under the "allegedly" now expired collective agreement.
(English: http://www.uniglobalunion.org/UNIPostal.nsf/0/A503220FA7FD1BC6C1257515004D58F9?OpenDocument)

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Finnair has announced plans to temporarily lay off up to 1,700 cabin stewards and air hostesses n... [more]

Finnair has announced plans to temporarily lay off up to 1,700 cabin stewards and air hostesses next year to cut costs. The staggered layoffs, mostly in April and May 2009, will last about two weeks, airline spokeswoman Kati Lehesmaa said. The measures are aimed at saving some Euro 25 million, she said. "We don't know exactly how many staff it will affect but many are prepared to take a holiday in the spring and some will retire," Lehesmaa said. The Finnish national carrier is also engaged in wage negotiations with the company's 750 pilots and will decide on possible temporary layoffs for pilots after the talks are over. Last September, Finnair employees rejected proposals by the management for voluntary wage cuts to avoid cutting 400 jobs in the airline, which has been struggling with high fuel costs and heavy competition. It then said it was seeking ways to make savings of some Euro 50 million.
(English: http://asia.news.yahoo.com/081202/ap/d94qk7n80.html)

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Members of the Unite union in the National Health Service (NHS) have voted to reject the three-ye... [more]

Members of the Unite union in the National Health Service (NHS) have voted to reject the three-year pay deal and take industrial action. There was a 53% vote in favour of strike action, with 45% against. Other unions are also unhappy about the deal. Earlier UNISON, the biggest union in the health service, called on the NHS employers to re-open negotiations in view of the recent surge in inflation (See this Collective Bargaining Newsletter Year 1 No. 5).
(English: http://www.epsu.org/cob/274; http://www.amicustheunion.org/default.aspx?page=9598; http://www.unison.org.uk/asppresspack/pressrelease_view.asp?id=1280)

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The leader of the largest craft union has threatened a national strike against employers who refu... [more]

The leader of the largest craft union has threatened a national strike against employers who refuse to implement national agreements. The general secretary of the Technical, Engineering and Electrical Union (TEEU), Owen Wills, warned that tough measures should be taken against employers who renege on legally-binding Registered Employment Agreements (REAs). This warning comes after the construction employers' association CIF claimed that its members could not afford the new national pay deal. Mr Wills suggested at his union's biennial conference that a national strike in solidarity with other unions may be necessary. REAs govern wages and terms and conditions of employment in the private sector, while the national pay deal generally applies to the remaining unionised workers in both the public and private sector.
(English: http://www.independent.ie/national-news/union-threatens-national-strike-over-pay-deal-1550833.html via http://www.labourstart.org/cgi-bin/show_news.pl?country=Ireland)

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In the week of 17 November, the French government was confronted with a wave of strikes against i... [more]

In the week of 17 November, the French government was confronted with a wave of strikes against its reform proposals. Airline pilots, train drivers, teachers, students and postal worklers went on strike for one or more days. Notably the CGT union confederation is planning to continue actions, and plans a week of action in the public and private sectors from 24 November with 26 November a key date. The confederation's protest is over pay, employment and the latest government proposals to reform employment contracts and to raise the retirement age to 70. The CGT argues that an increase to salaries and boost to public services are important elements of a strategy to respond to the current crisis. (See also this Collective Bargaining Newsletter Year 1 No.'s 1, 2, 4, 5 and 7).
(English: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2008/nov/18/nicolas-sarkozy-france-strike-union; http://www.epsu.org/cob/274; French: http://www.cgt.fr/spip.php?article35341)

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On 21 November the FNSFP public services federation organised a demonstration of public administr... [more]

On 21 November the FNSFP public services federation organised a demonstration of public administration workers in protest at the government's proposed 2.9% pay increase for 2009. The federation has called for a 5% increase and said that 2.9% is inadequate as it does nothing to begin to recover the lost purchasing power suffered by public sector salaries in recent years (See also this Collective Bargaining Newsletter Year 1 No. 6).
(English: http://www.epsu.org/cob/274; Portuguese: http://fnsfp-pt.inout-decor.com/)

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On 19 November the three union federations in local government in the Wallonia region organised a... [more]

On 19 November the three union federations in local government in the Wallonia region organised a demonstration in Namur, in protest at the regional government's failure to implement the 2005-2006 collective agreement. The unions are calling for the government to honour its promises on protecting workers' purchasing power, recruitment and pensions. They say to be ready for a long campaign of protest if the government does not respond.
(English: http://www.epsu.org/cob/274; French: http://csc-services-publics.csc-en-ligne.be/Images/Communiqu%C3%A9 %C3%A0 la presse CGSP-CSC-SLFP - FINI DE RIRE - 11-13_tcm90-185861.doc)

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UNISON Scotland, the biggest union in local government with around 100,000 members, voted narrowl... [more]

UNISON Scotland, the biggest union in local government with around 100,000 members, voted narrowly to accept a two-year pay deal that increases pay by 3% in 2008 and 2.5% in 2009. The union said that it was very disappointed by the pay deal and the narrowness of the vote reflected widespread discontent with the outcome. The pay offer was rejected by two other unions in the sector - the GMB with around 25,000 members and Unite with around 20,000 (See also this Collective Bargaining Newsletter Year 1 No.'s 4 and 7).
(English: http://www.epsu.org/cob/274; http://www.unison-scotland.org.uk/localgovt/pay2008/index.html; http://www.gmb.org.uk/Templates/Internal.asp?NodeID=97820; http://www.amicustheunion.org/default.aspx?page=9622)

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