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Employers' associations and trade unions in the banking sector have agreed upon a new collective ... [more]

Employers' associations and trade unions in the banking sector have agreed upon a new collective agreement. In line with the recent recommendations of the technical working group made up of Italy's national employer association Confindustria and the three main union confederations, CGIL, CISL and UIL, the agreement is valid for three (instead of four) years, from 2008 to 2010. It increases pay and allowances for these years by totally 11.5%, and moreover pays arrears for 2006-2007 worth €1600 for the average employee.
(English: http://www.union-network.org/UNIFinance.nsf; Watson Wyatt Data Services, New Industrial Relations Europe, 2/2008)

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Over 7,500 employees of the Vattenfall energy company took part in a warning strike on 1 February... [more]

Over 7,500 employees of the Vattenfall energy company took part in a warning strike on 1 February in protest at a poor pay offer from the company and threats to undermine existing pay and conditions agreements. The strike was organized by the three major unions IG BCE, ver.di and IG Metall. They managed to secure a 3.9% pay increase backdated to 1 January 2008 as well as a commitment from the company not to attack any existing negotiated rights and entitlements. The unions also secured a preferred 12-month agreement rather than a longer-term deal.
(English: http://www.epsu.org/spip/cob.php3?id_mot=249#a3603;
German: https://vattenfall-bb.verdi.de/data/tarifinfo_ve_050208.pdf)

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On February 16, 10,000 workers from the Postal Services throughout Spain demonstrated in the cent... [more]

On February 16, 10,000 workers from the Postal Services throughout Spain demonstrated in the centre of Madrid in favour of pay rise and greater job security for the 64,000 postal employees. The unions regard the demonstration to be a resounding success. The secretary in FSP-UGT responsible for the postal sector told the media that the recent modernization efforts of the Postal service unilaterally focused on technology and neglected the human factor. He emphasized the slogan of the union, "there can be no economic success without social success". The union secretary explained that the starting pay of postal workers is between €800 - 900, but that the problem is that this includes a variable `health bonus' incentive of €180 that is deducted if the worker falls ill; this penalty can apply six months after the illness.
(English: http://www.union-network.org/unipostal.nsf/70c3d04c5f60c73cc1256800001e3b89/72449d62cf01e640c12573fb0032f600?OpenDocument)

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Based on an analysis of DULBEA, the Department of Applied Economics of the Free University Brusse... [more]

Based on an analysis of DULBEA, the Department of Applied Economics of the Free University Brussels, ABVV/FGTB, one of the two major trade union confederations in Belgium, has recently formulated demands in order to maintain workers' purchasing power and to augment social benefits. One of the proposals to improve the position of those drawing social benefits is to link benefits with the development of purchasing power, including a 1% minimum increase each two years for each and 2% for the lowest incomes. Further, energy cost bills should be lowered, also by means of an energy fund for house isolation. In the bilateral national negotiations with the employers for 2009-2010, ABVV/FGTB will strive towards increasing the wage share in the GNP through the revised increase of the real gross wages and the establishment of a guaranteed minimum monthly wage.
(Dutch: http://www.abvv.be/code/nl/fram004.htm; French: http://www.abvv.be/CODE/fr/fram004.htm)

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Federations covering all main sectors within the Solidarnosc confederation came together to deman... [more]

Federations covering all main sectors within the Solidarnosc confederation came together to demand higher pay for public sector workers. With food and energy price rises exceeding pay increases for many public sector workers, Solidarnosc chairman Janusz Sniadek emphasized the importance of solidarity to support the protests of individual groups of workers for higher pay. The representatives of nine branches signed a declaration claiming that that government and the local government are responsible for protecting the society against the threats which may make the access to the public service more difficult. Later in January, industrial unrest in the public sector growingly came to the surface. Miners, doctors and nurses, teachers, railway workers, judges and, most recently, customs officers have all threatened to hold or have already staged strikes.
(English: http://www.epsu.org/spip/cob.php3?id_mot=245; http://www.solidarnosc.org.pl/en/archives/2008/jan/jan_08.htm;
via http://www.laborstart.org/europe to http://www.wbj.pl/?command=article&id=39874)

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The three major union confederations organizing staff in large-scale retail (FO, CGT and CFDT) ex... [more]

The three major union confederations organizing staff in large-scale retail (FO, CGT and CFDT) expressed their satisfaction with the strike actions as of 1 February. The unions claimed 80% observance in hypermarkets, 65% in supermarkets, 50% in logistics, and 20% in the smaller chains. The strike was organized to put pressure on management in view of negotiations in February on wages and working conditions. As union officials observe, the broad response on the unions' call may well reflect growing concerns over rising prices and falling household spending power, but also over employment perspectives and working conditions in retail.
(English: Via http://www.laborstart.org/europe, to a.o. http://www.reuters.com/article/rbssConsumerGoodsAndRetailNews/idUSL0127934820080201; French: http://fr.news.yahoo.com/afp/20080201/tfr-distribution-social-salaires-dimanch-b7b6525_3.html)

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The Public Service Benchmarking Body (PSBB), which compares pay and conditions between the public... [more]

The Public Service Benchmarking Body (PSBB), which compares pay and conditions between the public and private sectors, has decided that the vast majority of Ireland's 300,000 public servants should not receive any pay increase other than the rises agreed on as part of normal national pay negotiations. It concludes that "this reflects pay practices in the private sector". In its report issued 11 January 2008, PSBB recommends pay increases for just 15 of the 109 grades it examined. It estimates its recommendations to be worth €50 million a year, or 0.3% of overall public service pay costs. Public servants will, however, receive the 5% pay rise due to them in 2008 under the Towards 2016 national partnership agreement. Public sector union leaders have shown their disappointment with the results of the PSBB report. The Irish Nurses Organisation (INO) demanded that the report be reconsidered. The General Secretary of the Irish Municipal and Civil Trade Union (IMPACT), Peter McLoone, argued that the report had concluded that most public servants should receive no pay rises for two reasons: "First, the benchmarking body changed its methodology (..) Second, it imposed a much higher premium on pensions this time." It is expected that the unions will seek to reform the benchmarking process in forthcoming talks on the next module of the Towards 2016 agreement.
(English: http://www.eurofound.europa.eu/eiro/2008/01/articles/ie0801059i.htm; http://www.impact.ie/iopen24/pub/defaultarticle.php?cArticlePath=193_258_375_535)

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The Austrian government has largely given in to the demands of the two unions involved, the Gewer... [more]

The Austrian government has largely given in to the demands of the two unions involved, the Gewerkschaft ™ffentlicher Dienst (G™D) and the Gewerkschaft der Gemeindebediensteten (GdG) of the ™GB confederation, and agreed on a one-year wage agreement for 2008, covering public servants of the state, federal states (L„nder) and municipalities. On average, their incomes will increase by 3.3% on January 1, 2008: through compensations by 2.7%, with on top a non-recurrent allowance for everybody of Euro 175 in May 2008. The agreement implies the highest wage increases since years. Moreover, it has equalizing effects: those with the lowest incomes will receive a 3.8% wage increase, and those with the highest incomes 2.7%.
Other recent pay settlements in Austria include 3.3% pay rises for 70,000 employees of banks and financial institutions, and a 3.4% increase for private-sector bus drivers.
(English: http://www.epsu.org/r/163; Watson Wyatt Data Services, New Industrial Relations Europe, 1/2008;
German: http://www.goed.at/13891.html and http://www.gdg.at)

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The two ™GB union confederation affiliates, Gewerkschaft Metall-Textil-Nahrung (metal, textiles a... [more]

The two ™GB union confederation affiliates, Gewerkschaft Metall-Textil-Nahrung (metal, textiles and clothing, GMTN) and Gewerkschaft der Privatangestellten, Druck, Journalismus, Papier (functionaries, printing and journalism, GPA-DJP), jointly representing workers in the private electricity industry (EVU), negotiated a 3.7% increase on pay and other allowances in a 12-month deal from 1 February 2008. The agreement also includes a €250 lump sum payment. This is about 0.6%pts higher than the average pay rise for 2008 agreed thus far in Austria.
(English: http://www.epsu.org/spip/cob.php3?id_mot=249#a3596;
German: http://www.gpa.at/servlet/ContentServer?pagename=GPA/Page/Index&n=GPA_0.a&cid=1200959080722)

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The 26 public service unions in the TUC confederation have joint forces to oppose the government'... [more]

The 26 public service unions in the TUC confederation have joint forces to oppose the government's demands to keep public sector pay below 2% in the coming year. The TUC has produced a report, Six million pay cuts, to counter some of the government's claims about public sector pay increases fuelling inflation and warning of the anger generated in 2007 when health service pay awards were staged rather than paid in full in April.
On December 18, 2007, the TUC and its 26 member unions launched the Speak Up for Public Services Campaign. General secretary Dave Prentis of the major UNISON union stated: "A 2% pay limit, for each of the next three years, will mean a pay cut for the UK's six million public-sector workers. It represents a real cut in living standards and could cause long-term damage to industrial relations, recruitment, retention and morale." "The government must remember what a demoralised, under-resourced public sector it inherited from the Tories," Mr Prentis warned. "We cannot go back to those days." On January 23, eight TUC leaders met Alistair Darling, finance minister (chancellor) of the Labour government. The TUC team pressed the Chancellor that public service negotiators need greater flexibility in their negotiations with unions, including scope to address long term problems in pay structures and low pay.
(English: http://www.epsu.org/spip/cob.php3?id_mot=244; http://www.unison.org.uk/news/news_view.asp?did=3915; http://www.tuc.org.uk/publicsector/tuc-14102-f0.cfm; http://www.tuc.org.uk/publicsector/tuc-14222-f0.cfm)

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