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The Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU) is actually considering proposals to organise widesprea... [more]

The Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU) is actually considering proposals to organise widespread work stoppages as part of a campaign against government cutbacks and austerity measures. Earlier, the Irish regional secretary of the Unite union, Jimmy Kelly, said Unite would put proposals for a national strike to the ICTU confederation and would seek support from other unions. Informed sources argue the meeting of the ICTU general purposes committee as of 27 January would have to take account of recent political developments, notably that a general election was now imminent.
English: http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/ireland/2011/0127/1224288404443.html

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The ADEDY civil service confederation is planning another nationwide 24-hour strike on 10 Februar... [more]

The ADEDY civil service confederation is planning another nationwide 24-hour strike on 10 February in protest against the harsh measures adopted by the government in line with its agreements with the European Commission and International Monetary Fund. The Confederation has also called for support from the GSEE private sector confederation. The GSEE, in turn, has announced to organise a 24-hour general strike on 23 February. Most recently ADEDY has said to join this last strike (See also this Collective Bargaining Newsletter Year 3 September, October, November and December 2010).
English: http://www.epsu.org/cob/398;
http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/01/17/greece-strike-idUSATH00587820110117;
http://www.ekathimerini.com/4dcgi/_w_articles_wsite1_1_26/01/2011_375282

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The trade unions have requested a meeting with Prime Minister Boyko Borisov and Finance Minister ... [more]

The trade unions have requested a meeting with Prime Minister Boyko Borisov and Finance Minister Simeon Djankov to discuss the future of the State Railway Company BDZ and the National Railway Infrastructure Company. Petar Bunev, president of the KNSB railway union, stated that a high-level meeting would be necessary, also because of the absence of the Finance Ministry in recent meetings. Bunev pointed out that an expert working group is developing plans for railway development and reconstruction. He said that before 15 February, the deadline for the working group, his union would not take action (See also this Collective Bargaining Newsletter Year 3 December 2010).
English: http://www.novinite.com/view_news.php?id=124579

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The government wants to cut the lay-off compensation that employers must pay to fire workers by o... [more]

The government wants to cut the lay-off compensation that employers must pay to fire workers by one third, from 30 to 20 days' wage per year, as part of its drive to boost the economy's competitiveness, Labour Minister Helena Andre announced on 25 January. She said the government also wants to limit compensation to a maximum of one year's salary. The proposals would apply only to new contracts, and would also include a fund financed by companies as to pay the compensations. Concerning the unions' viewpoints, the CGTP federation has said it is against the proposals, but the UGP reacted to be available to negotiate the matter as long as the compensations are guaranteed by the new fund.
English: http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/01/24/portugal-compensation ... via http://www.labourstart.org/cgi-bin/show_news.pl?country=Portugal

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In a letter as of 11 January sent to EU Commissioner Olli Rehn, the European Trade Union Confeder... [more]

In a letter as of 11 January sent to EU Commissioner Olli Rehn, the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) denounces the diktat pressures from European Commission officials to cut minimum wages and pensions, to reduce wage "rigidities" and to make labour markets more flexible in Greece and Ireland. In an interview with an Irish newspaper, ETUC General Secretary John Monks argued that the Commission was overstepping its bounds in Ireland in particular by seeking to influence a review of the registered employment agreements (REA) system that was earlier envisaged at national level. It has become clear that with the €85 billion bailout package agreed between the Irish government, the EU and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) the government has signed up to begin an "independent review" of the REA system before the end of March. The REA system allows employers and unions to set minimum wages and conditions above the National Minimum Wage (See also this Collective Bargaining Newsletter Year 3 November 2010).
English: http://www.independent.ie/national-news/elections/eu-oversteps .;
http://www.etuc.org/a/8155; http://www.etuc.org/IMG/pdf/110111_Olli_Rehn.pdf

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The Swiss Federation of Trade Unions (SGB/USS) has launched a people's initiative to establish a ... [more]

The Swiss Federation of Trade Unions (SGB/USS) has launched a people's initiative to establish a national minimum wage. The campaigners have until July 2012 to gather at least 100,000 signatures to force a nationwide vote. "There has been massive pressure on lower and average wages for the past 20 years," federation president Paul Rechsteiner argued at a press conference. SGB/USS proposes that minimum wages should also be achieved via a general contract, which lays down conditions covering all workers in a particular industry or enterprise (See also this Collective Bargaining Newsletter Year 3 December 2010).
English: http://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/swiss_news/Unions_launch_minimum_wage ... via http://www.labourstart.org/cgi-bin/show_news.pl?country=Switzerland

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The GDA-djp and PRO-GE unions report that they have succeeded in agreeing a collective agreement ... [more]

The GDA-djp and PRO-GE unions report that they have succeeded in agreeing a collective agreement for the oil industry, including an increase for the regular wage scales of 2.5%. The increase for the lowest scales, for apprentices and for overtime and other fees will be 2.7%, while travel costs will be lifted by 2.2%. The agreement will cover the period 1 February 2011-31 January 2012
German: http://www.gpa-djp.at/servlet/ContentServer?pagename=GPA ...

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The ver.di services union and dbb civil service union are co-operating in a week of activities to... [more]

The ver.di services union and dbb civil service union are co-operating in a week of activities to highlight the work of regional government employees. In the week of 24-28 January there will be a series of events in major cities that will focus on different occupations - such as hospital and college employees, teachers and tax workers. The unions want to emphasize the important services provided by these workers and the challenging working conditions they face. The unions want a 3% pay increase plus a flat-rate rise of €50 for 585,000 workers in 14 of Germany's 16 L„nder (See also this Collective Bargaining Newsletter Year 3 December 2010).
English: http://www.epsu.org/cob/398
German: http://presse.verdi.de/pressemitteilungen/showNews?id ...

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The FOA public service union is concerned about the lack of progress in the main collective barga... [more]

The FOA public service union is concerned about the lack of progress in the main collective bargaining round with the regional and local authority employers. The current three-year agreements expire at the end of March 2011 and FOA says that negotiations are already well behind schedule with the regional employers. According to the union these employers refuse to budge on their demand to abolish extra leave for older workers and also reject union proposals for extra protection for shop stewards curing restructuring and redundancies.
English: http://www.epsu.org/cob/398
Danish: http://www.foa.dk/Forbund/Presse?newsid ...

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The FSC-CCOO and FSP-UGT public service federations are mobilising at regional level in response ... [more]

The FSC-CCOO and FSP-UGT public service federations are mobilising at regional level in response to attacks on pay and pensions in the public sector. The federations are working together in the region of Andalucia with mobilisations on 19, 25 and 28 January that they hope will push the autonomous government of the region to negotiate agreements that generate employment, guarantee employment rights and maintain social protection. Earlier this month, the two federations also organised a major demonstration in Murcia in protest at the regional government's proposals on public spending. The unions have threatened a general strike in the region if the autonomous government does not respond to their demands.
English: http://www.epsu.org/cob/398
Spanish: http://www.fspugt.es/40000_se_manifiestan_en_Murcia_contra ...

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