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While the FP CGIL public service federation will continue with planned regional strike action on ... [more]

While the FP CGIL public service federation will continue with planned regional strike action on 3, 7 and 15 November, the FPS CISL and UIL federations have decided to sign an initial agreement with the government over pay and future discussions over reforming public sector pay and contractual arrangements.
(English: http://www.epsu.org/cob/273; Italian: http://www.fpcgil.it/flex/cm/pages/ServeBLOB.php/L/IT/IDPagina/8466; http://www.fps.cisl.it/informa/new/new.htm)

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The French government has announced plans for a significant extension of performance-related pay ... [more]

The French government has announced plans for a significant extension of performance-related pay (PRP) across the civil service. By 2012 nearly 200,000 civil servants will have a PRP as part of their wages. The additional payment will be made up by a job-related premium (60%) set by each ministry while the remaining 40% will be entirely related to the individual's performance. The CFDT and FSU federations have warned of the risks of having pay determined in an arbitrary way. They also argue that the key issue at the moment is to ensure that all public service workers have their pay protected against inflation without having to rely on unpredictable PRP payments. The new system will be financed by savings from the non-replacement of retiring workers.
(English: http://www.epsu.org/cob/273; French: http://www.lesechos.fr/info/france/4792380-remuneration-au-merite-jusqu-a-14-400-euros-de-prime-individuelle.htm; http://www.fsu.fr/spip.php?article1338)

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The federal accountancy service (Bundeshaltungsagentur - BHAG) is one of a number of agencies tha... [more]

The federal accountancy service (Bundeshaltungsagentur - BHAG) is one of a number of agencies that have hived off from the central administration and now operate with more independence although still owned by the state. The G™D public service union has negotiated a separate collective agreement covering the BHAG that includes a new pay structure as well as a wide range of other provisions on leave, sick pay, sabbaticals, travel allowances and trainees' pay.
(English: http://www.epsu.org/cob/273; German: http://www.goed.at/14740.html)

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The FSP-UGT and FSAP-CCOO public service trade union federations are demanding that the governmen... [more]

The FSP-UGT and FSAP-CCOO public service trade union federations are demanding that the government withdraws proposals to cut ill-health early retirement pensions from next year. An estimated 800,000 public sector workers are covered by the current arrangements and in 2007 alone 3,000 employees took early retirement because of disability. If the new provisions had been in place then these workers would have lost 25% of their pension if they had not made 20 years of contributions. The unions are particularly angry that the proposed change has been added to draft legislation without consultation or negotiation.
(English: http://www.epsu.org/cob/273; Spanish: http://www.fsap.ccoo.es/webfsap/menu.do?Actualidad:Sindical:Actualidad:39034; http://www.fspugt.es/index.php/mod.noticias/mem.detalle/idnoticia.5987/idimagen./relcategoria.7)

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Public-sector workers will get pay rises in 2009 ranging from 1.5% for civil servants to 9.8% for... [more]

Public-sector workers will get pay rises in 2009 ranging from 1.5% for civil servants to 9.8% for teachers, according to decisions just announced by the Finance Ministry. Hospital doctors are seeking a 30% rise to bring their pay up to three times the national average wage, from what they say is twice the average wage at present. The doctors also claim that their real pay has been eroded by 7% in 2008.
(English: Watson Wyatt Data Services, New Industrial Relations Europe, 10/2008)

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Earlier perspectives on an increase in the minimum wage, opened by the Social and Labour Ministry... [more]

Earlier perspectives on an increase in the minimum wage, opened by the Social and Labour Ministry, meet fierce opposition from the employers' side. The three-year agreement that introduced a multi-tier minimum wage expires on 31 December 2008, and there is no sign yet of a consensus on how it should be replaced. Some on the business side are calling for a wage freeze, including a freeze of the nominal basic minimum wage, currently HUF 69,900 (Euro 272) per month. Moreover, they ask for the abolition of the higher minimum rates for skilled workers. Gabor Csizmar, deputy minister at the Prime Minister's office, said that a minimum wage of HUF 72,400 would preserve the current minimum wage in real terms. From the unions' side, MOSz confederation president Imre Palkovics urged that the basic minimum wage should be lifted by 45% to HUF 100,000 (Euro 394). Palkovics totally excluded abolition of the other minimum rates. In an earlier stage, the MSzOSz union confederation has proposed a 16% increase in the basic minimum, to HUF 80,000 (Euro 315) per month (See also this Collective Bargaining Newsletter Year 1 No. 7).
(English: Watson Wyatt Data Services, New Industrial Relations Europe, 10/2008; http://www.budapesttimes.hu/content/view/9569/159/)

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Employer association ZDS is seeking immediate negotiations on a new three-way national social pac... [more]

Employer association ZDS is seeking immediate negotiations on a new three-way national social pact, arguing that the current one, barely a year old, was concluded in different economic circumstances and needs revision. Under the association's envisaged timetable, amendments would be agreed with the incoming government and the trade unions by mid-2009 and then incorporated in a deal covering the period 2009-11. The 2007-09 social pact, reached after 18 months of difficult discussions, sets out general policy guidelines on wage development and taxation. It stipulates that collectively agreed pay awards should provide for real wage growth based on price inflation and productivity gains. Yet, it left unresolved the issue of whether productivity should be considered sector-wide or at individual company level, over which employers and trade unions were divided. In bidding for a new pact, ZDS categorically states that collectively agreed wages should grow "in line with productivity". However, the association also says the minimum wage should be better regulated by law and its real value "should be preserved".
(English: Watson Wyatt Data Services, New Industrial Relations Europe, 10/2008)

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According to a study of the Confederation of Danish Industries (DI), wage increases under company... [more]

According to a study of the Confederation of Danish Industries (DI), wage increases under company-level collective agreements for 2008 averaged 2.8%. This figure is significantly lower than an experts' forecast of 4.9% wage growth in the private sector this year. The company awards supplement the increases in the three-year national agreement the social partners signed 21 months ago, which are worth about 1% annually.
(English: Watson Wyatt Data Services, New Industrial Relations Europe, 10/2008)

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The two main trade union confederations -- FTGB/ABVV and CSC/ACV -- organised a general strike on... [more]

The two main trade union confederations -- FTGB/ABVV and CSC/ACV -- organised a general strike on 6 October over the failure of the government and employers' organisations to respond to the fall in purchasing power as inflation continues to rise. The unions also highlighted the financial crisis and the willingness of government to spend millions rescuing major financial institutions while failing to respond to the economic pressures facing workers and pensioners. Both confederations ask the government for a cut in value-added tax on electricity, gas and heating oil, a personal income tax reform to benefit the lowest paid, and a wealth tax.
(English: http://www.epsu.org/r/164; Watson Wyatt Data Services, New Industrial Relations Europe, 10/2008)

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Though in the national budget a 9% rise of the national minimum wage from 1 January 2009 is envis... [more]

Though in the national budget a 9% rise of the national minimum wage from 1 January 2009 is envisaged (up by 9% to BGN 240 or Euro 120 per month), the CITUB union confederation is calling for a 18.2% hike. If CITUB gets its way, the new minimum wage rate would become BGN 260 (Euro 130). CITUB put forward its claim in recent discussions between trade unions, employers' associations and the Socialist Party, the dominant faction in the coalition movement. (See also this Collective Bargaining Newsletter Year 1 No. 7).
(English: Watson Wyatt Data Services, New Industrial Relations Europe, 10/2008)

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