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Earlier this year cleaners working at the federal parliament took strike action to prevent their ... [more]

Earlier this year cleaners working at the federal parliament took strike action to prevent their jobs from being outsourced. Recently, following negotiations, they have won improved pay and conditions. There will be a higher starting rate for cleaners with experience. The VP™D public sector union believes this is an important recognition of the work done by cleaners. There will also be improved training provision for them and in the future they will be able to carry over some additional hours rather than just losing overtime hours.
English: http://www.epsu.org/cob/328;
German: http://www.vpod.ch/aktuell/nachrichten/ansicht/article/bundeshausputzfrauen .

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Belgium's call centre unions, including CNE and SECTa, promoted their "Needs more hands?" campaig... [more]

Belgium's call centre unions, including CNE and SECTa, promoted their "Needs more hands?" campaign call centre action month. The campaign focuses on key issues for workers in the industry such as long and unsociable working hours which are incompatible with family and personal life. The unions are calling for a change to rostering systems which currently do not provide enough time and flexibility for workers to plan their private commitments.
English: http://www.uniglobalunion.org/Apps/UNINews.nsf/vwLkpById/4B871F9F143 .;
French: http://www.cne218call-center.blogspot.com/

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On 15 October a draft national collective agreement for metal workers 2010-2012 was achieved, sig... [more]

On 15 October a draft national collective agreement for metal workers 2010-2012 was achieved, signed by the FIM and UILM union federations and the FEDERMECCANICA employers' association. The General Council of FIM and a joint national assembly of FIM and UILM have already approved the draft that, finally, will be voted in a referendum of all union members from 25 to 27 November 2009. The agreement provides for an income support solidarity fund for workers suffering from income reductions over longer period of time, to be set up with the employers' organisation and to which workers can voluntarily subscribe. Minimum wages per level will raise by Euro 68.75 till Euro 144 over the contract period, starting with Euro 17.50 - 36.75 per 1 January 2010.
English: message EUCOBAN network European Metalworkers' Federation (EMF)

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Since Spring 2009, the Communication Workers Union (CWU) has been involved in a dispute with Roya... [more]

Since Spring 2009, the Communication Workers Union (CWU) has been involved in a dispute with Royal Mail. Since June, local strikes took place across the UK. In a weblink for the general public, CWU explains that postal workers are facing threats to job security (full-time to part-time, compulsory redundancies), impossible work targets, and cuts in pay (longer hours for no pay). On 13 October, CWU made a fresh offer to the Royal Mail Managing Director, basically emphasizing that "change will be introduced by agreement". By 23 October, 120,000 postal workers went on strike nationwide and Royal Mail had to shut down its service. On 26 October, negotiations resumed with the mediation of General Secretary of the TUC Brendan Barber, and on 28 October the CWU leadership said to have had "the most useful and productive discussions since the dispute commenced", but still it remained unclear whether the union proposal was accepted by Royal Mail management.
English: http://www.cwu.org/royal-mail-dispute.html; http://www.itfglobal.org/news-online/index.cfm/newsdetail/3870 .
Local government unions submit pay claim
October 23, 2009
The three main local government unions, UNISON, GMB and Unite, have submitted their pay claim for 2010. They are calling for a 2.5% pay increase with a minimum increase of UKP 500 (Euro 560) per year. The unions believe that this is modest but realistic claim and that local authority finances can cope with the rise.
English: http://www.epsu.org/cob/327; http://www.unison.org.uk/asppresspack/pressrelease_view.asp?id=1619

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TNT has announced that after union members in May 2009 rejected a proposal for the reorganization... [more]

TNT has announced that after union members in May 2009 rejected a proposal for the reorganization at TNT Post in the Netherlands, it has decided to go ahead with thousands of job cuts, only wanting to employ part-time workers from now on. Based on two research reports presented in late October, the five unions involved conclude that either job cuts or wage cuts are inevitable, though -also according to one of the reports- these cuts can be less deep than suggested by TNT. The unions announced to organise a referendum, in which TNT workers will be asked to choose either for wage cuts or for continuous wage increase, recognizing that the last option will most likely lead to forced dismissals.
English: http://www.uniglobalunion.org/Apps/iportal.nsf/pages/homepageEn;
Dutch: http://www.abvakabofnv.nl/cao/bericht/vakbonden_prijsoorlog .; http://www.volkskrant.nl/economie/article1308095.ece/Vakbonden_ .

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Workers at the Opel auto plant in Figueruelas, northern Spain, have accepted a plan by Canadian a... [more]

Workers at the Opel auto plant in Figueruelas, northern Spain, have accepted a plan by Canadian auto parts maker Magna International that would see the loss of 900 jobs, unions said. Members of the UGT and CCOO unions approved the plan by a large majority, and its leaders lifted a strike call. The plan envisages the loss of 900 of the more than 7,000 jobs at the factory, less than the 1,300 Magna had sought when the talks began last week and around half the number it had originally proposed. Magna also undertook to maintain the bulk of the existing production at the plant, which produces the Corsa model. The Spanish unions had feared some of the production would be moved to Germany.
English: http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5j .

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After the social partners did not reach agreement on this issue, in mid-October the Dutch governm... [more]

After the social partners did not reach agreement on this issue, in mid-October the Dutch government announced its plan to increase the state pension age from 65 to 67, in two steps. Those aged 55 or older before 1 January 2010 keep their current rights, but for those born 1955 or older from 2020 on the retirement age will be 66, to be lifted in 2025 to 67 for those born 1960 or later. Moreover, employers will have to take steps to ensure staff does not perform 'heavy' jobs for more than 30 years or pay them an extra pension for two years. FNV, the main union confederation, remains opposed to the plans and plans to mobilise its membership for demonstrations, whereas the smaller CNV and MHP confederations are willing to give in. FNV notably questions the practicality of the plans, and already broke off talks with the main employers' association on drawing up a definition of 'heavy jobs'.
English: http://www.dutchnews.nl/news/archives/2009/10/union_ .
Dutch: various newspaper messages; http://home.szw.nl/index.cfm?menu_item_id=16365 .

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The VIDA and GPA-DJP trade unions have called for private childcare providers to be covered by th... [more]

The VIDA and GPA-DJP trade unions have called for private childcare providers to be covered by the BAGS health and social service sectoral agreement. At the moment these employees are not covered by a collective agreement. The unions argue that they have faced a significant increase in the demands made upon them but there has been no attempt to re-evaluate their jobs and negotiate an appropriate increase in pay levels. The unions also want to see a federal law to regulate conditions and minimum standards for childcare provision.
English: http://www.epsu.org/cob/327;
German: http://www.vida.at/servlet/ContentServer?pagename=S03 .

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The energy section of the ver.di services union has begun consulting members over forthcoming pay... [more]

The energy section of the ver.di services union has begun consulting members over forthcoming pay negotiations over the public sector agreement covering municipal utility companies (TV-V). The union warns that bargaining is likely to be tough in the current economic climate with local authorities pleading austerity. However, the union believes that it is important to secure real increases in pay to help maintain consumer spending in response to the crisis and it lists recent bargaining results in the energy sector and wider economy to support its argument.
English: http://www.epsu.org/cob/327; German: https://energie-bergbau-ver-und-entsorgung.verdi.de/tarifarbeit/oeffentlich .

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Members of the IMPACT public services union have voted overwhelmingly in favour of strike action ... [more]

Members of the IMPACT public services union have voted overwhelmingly in favour of strike action in response to the government's latest proposals for cuts in public sector workers' pay. The union will call on other public sector unions to join a 24-hour stoppage on 24 November. Six unions have joined together in an alliance of public sector workers delivering frontline services. The general union SIPTU along with unions representing nurses, firefighters, police (Garda) officers and prison officers have set up the 24/7 Frontline Service Alliance and they will all be balloting their members on strike action.
English: http://www.impact.ie/iopen24/impact-propose-hour-public- .; http://www.siptu.ie/PressRoom/NewsReleases/2009/Name,11192,en.html

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