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Energy unions FNME-CGT and FNEM-FO have denounced the EDF energy company for resorting to the cou... [more]

Energy unions FNME-CGT and FNEM-FO have denounced the EDF energy company for resorting to the courts, in order to try to undermine the industrial action taking place across the sector. Both unions have made their determination clear as to maintain their campaigns of strikes and demonstrations in support of their claim for a 5% pay increase and payment of a Euro 1,500 lump sum. At sectoral level, the employers have so far refused to make any offer after having implemented a 0.3% pay increase at the beginning of the year (See also this Collective Bargaining Newsletter Year 2 May 2009).
English: http://www.epsu.org/cob/312;
French: http://www.fnme-cgt.fr/pages/communique.php?id=14;
http://www.fnem-fo.org/content/view/499/1/

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Public service union FSC-CCOO has reacted angrily to a council of ministers decision to freeze re... [more]

Public service union FSC-CCOO has reacted angrily to a council of ministers decision to freeze recruitment across the general state administration as part of the government's austerity package. The union argues that a freeze will undermine public services as many departments already have many unfilled vacancies while it further undermines the conditions of workers who are struggling to maintain services despite inadequate employment levels. FSC-CCOO is also concerned about the way the decision was announced and says that it undermines the right to collective bargaining over this kind of issues.
English: http://www.epsu.org/cob/312;
Spanish: http://www.fsap.ccoo.es/webfsap/menu.do?Inicio:60344

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Services union ver.di general secretary, Frank Bsirske, has called on local authority employers t... [more]

Services union ver.di general secretary, Frank Bsirske, has called on local authority employers to take positive steps to end the current dispute in the social work and childcare sectors. The union wants to negotiate a new collective agreement that addresses the threat to the health and wellbeing of workers as a result of increased workloads and responsibilities. Over 30,000 workers joined the national demonstration in Cologne on 15 June while thousands of others continued their strike action across the county. Bsirske said that strike action would be intensified and that as a result there would be more consultation of parents in the planning industrial action. He also welcomed the support of a number of leading national politicians who had called for an urgent re-evaluation of the occupational status of workers in the sector (See also this Collective Bargaining Newsletter Year 2 May).
English: http://www.epsu.org/cob/312
German: http://presse.verdi.de/pressemitteilungen/show .

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Just three weeks ahead of the parliamentary elections of 5 July, the CITUB trade union confederat... [more]

Just three weeks ahead of the parliamentary elections of 5 July, the CITUB trade union confederation organised a national demonstration in Sofia on 16 June in protest at the government's failure to protect the poor, low-paid and unemployed in the current crisis. Workers from across the public and private sectors joined the demonstration. CITUB and its affiliates have criticised government plans to freeze public sector pay instead of implementing an agreed 10% pay increase, a step that will affect about 400,000 public servants. CITUB also emphasized the need to increase investments as well as to guarantee pension, health and educational systems. Vice-president of CITUB, Plamen Dimitrov, finally asked government to increase the minimum monthly wage to 340 leva per month (Euro 174) in July and then again to 400 leva in October 2009. The current minimum wage is 220 leva.
English: http://www.epsu.org/cob/312;
http://www.sofiaecho.com/2009/06/19/737789_ups-and-downs;
http://www.reuters.com/article/marketsNews/idUSLG80487220090616

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The three main public service federations - FP-CGIL, FPS-CSIL and UIL-FPL - have signed a new two... [more]

The three main public service federations - FP-CGIL, FPS-CSIL and UIL-FPL - have signed a new two-year agreement covering over 500,000 workers in local and regional government. The general increase is Euro 63.20 a month, worth an average of 3.2%. However, there is the possibility of higher increases of up to Euro 90 a month in a productivity-linked deal that depends on the extent to which local authorities stay within budget guidelines.
English: http://www.epsu.org/cob/312;
Italian: http://www.fpcgil.it/flex/cm/pages/ServeBLOB.php/L/IT/IDPagina/10735

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Refuse collectors in Bristol in South West England, contracted by Sita, have gone back to work af... [more]

Refuse collectors in Bristol in South West England, contracted by Sita, have gone back to work after taking strike action over pay. The members of the Unite trade union agreed to a new three-year deal that will pay a minimum of 2.75% for the year November 2008 to October 2009. The remaining years of the agreement and various procedures to improve industrial relations will be negotiated in a process of binding arbitration that will be overseen by UK's Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service, Acas.
English: http://www.epsu.org/cob/312;
http://www.thisisbristol.co.uk/homepage/Bristol ...

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Members of the GMB general union employed by the National Grid transmission company in the North ... [more]

Members of the GMB general union employed by the National Grid transmission company in the North East of England have supported strike action against offshoring in a consultative ballot. The union is angry that the company is looking to close a site and offshore 181 jobs to India despite making massive profits. Gary Smith, GMB National Secretary speaking at the GMB Congress at Blackpool said, "This proposed site closure is nothing but an act of irresponsible corporate greed. "
English: http://www.epsu.org/cob/312;
http://www.gmb.org.uk/Templates/Internal.asp?NodeID=98700

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Arrangements concerning job security are central in the new collective agreement FNV Bondgenoten ... [more]

Arrangements concerning job security are central in the new collective agreement FNV Bondgenoten agreed with NS (Dutch Railways). There will be no forced lay-offs until 31 December 2012, and the number of full-time equivalents actually worked by temp workers will be changed into permanent jobs. The new 18 months' agreement, covering 15,000 workers, starts backdated 1 May 2009, and provides for a 1.7% pay increase by that date, followed by 0.5% by 1 January 2010. Compensation for irregular hours will be increased stepwise by 20%.
Dutch: http://www.fnvspoor.nl/; press sheet FNV Bondgenoten

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On 10 June, the Austrian Union GMTN (metal, textile, food) union signed a collective agreement fo... [more]

On 10 June, the Austrian Union GMTN (metal, textile, food) union signed a collective agreement for workers in the leather goods and luggage industries, to be implemented as of June 1, 2009, and with one year duration, laying down an increase of both the collectively agreed minimum wage and the actual wages of 2.2%.
English: information EUCOBAN network European Metalworkers' Federation (EMF);
German: http://www.gmtn.at/servlet/ .

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Targeted industrial action by dockers over employers' inclusion of a controversial "five-point pl... [more]

Targeted industrial action by dockers over employers' inclusion of a controversial "five-point plan" in bargaining negotiations has won an agreement to put the proposal on hold. The workers represented by two unions, Transcom, affiliated to ACV-CSC and BTB, affilated to ABVV/FGTB, took part in stoppages on 8 June. The Antwerp, Ghent and Zeebrugge ports were affected. The dock workers disputed employers' insistence on including a plan with provisions to: hire workers several times a day, rather than for every shift; change the functions of some dock workers so that they no longer have "registered docker" status; reduce docker-specific social security allowances when work is not available, and cut weekend and night-time working allowances. The plan would seriously impact on the dockers' wages and working conditions Yet, the employers' have agreed to put the plan on hold and continue with normal collective bargaining negotiations.
English: http://www.itfglobal.org/news-online/index.cfm/newsdetail/3390;
Dutch: http://www.btb-abvv.be/NL_wegvervoer/ .;
French: http://www.btb-abvv.be/FR_wegvervoer/ .

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