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The state-owned cargo rail operator AS EVR Cargo and railway worker and railroad engineer trade u... [more]

The state-owned cargo rail operator AS EVR Cargo and railway worker and railroad engineer trade unions signed a one-year extension of their collective agreement. EVR Cargo employs 650 people. The collective agreement promises wage growth and improved working conditions for 2018. The company’s management said that they had established a very constructive cooperation with the trade unions, with the Estonian Railwaymen's Trade Union and Locomotive Workers' Trade Union always giving ‘valuable feedback’, which helps the company to better organise work within the company and improve the motivation of its employees.

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National news agency YLE listed the most important changes for the new year. The state national p... [more]

National news agency YLE listed the most important changes for the new year. The state national pension, which tops up income-related pensions, is to be frozen in 2018 with no index increases. The guarantee or basic pension, which is paid to the very poorest pensioners, will be increased by 15 euro a month. But the most prominent is the new act on labour market activation. This provision in the unemployment benefits legislation reduces benefit payments by 4.65 percent in cases where over a three-month period unemployed persons do not work enough or participate in programmes that would help them finding a job. There will be a check every 65 days of unemployment, with the risk of this penalty if a worker is not undertaking work-related training or working at least 18 hours. Meanwhile a citizens’ initiative has started to cancel the act.

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Trade union GMB has calculated how high the minimum wage would be if the rate matched executive p... [more]

Trade union GMB has calculated how high the minimum wage would be if the rate matched executive pay rises. GMB’s research underscores by just how much the statutory pay floor has failed to keep pace with executive earnings. the calculations show that if increases in the national minimum wage had kept pace with a chief executive, the hourly minimum would be £12.74 compared with £7.50 now for those 25 years and older. For a worker aged over 25 on 40 hours per week this would equate to a yearly minimum wage of £26,000 compared with the £14,664 they are currently earning.

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An analysis conducted by trade union confederation TUC predicts that 2018 will be a poorer year t... [more]

An analysis conducted by trade union confederation TUC predicts that 2018 will be a poorer year than previous years for pay in Britain, where inflation has consistently outpaced wage growth in recent months. Inflation has surpassed 3%, largely fuelled by a dramatic fall in the pound in the aftermath of June 2016’s Brexit vote. The analysis, based on forecasts of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), expects that pay is to fall by 0.7% in 2018 after accounting for inflation. The forecasted pay downgrade is in line with earlier reports published by several thinktanks (see our November Newsletter) and a report of the independent Resolution Foundation.

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On the brink of the New Year, a bank analyst says average gross wages in the country may grow by ... [more]

On the brink of the New Year, a bank analyst says average gross wages in the country may grow by 9% in 2018. There is also a possibility of a two-digit increase. The most rapid increase will be observed in industries with highest activity and labour market frictions – like the construction sector. Another expert predicts wage growth will be 7.6% in 2017, 8.2% in 2018 and 7.2% in 2019. In the third quarter of 2017, the average wage reached 925 euro, which is 7.5% more than a year ago. The country plans to increase the minimum wage from 380 to 430 euro, with a non-taxable minimum at 200 euro.

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European-wide threatened walkouts formulated by Ryanair crews in Germany, Ireland, Britain, Italy... [more]

European-wide threatened walkouts formulated by Ryanair crews in Germany, Ireland, Britain, Italy, Spain and Portugal in long-running rows over pay and conditions led to the unprecedented step of offering union recognition. The management said that the main reason to recognise unions was the fact that the airline was facing the prospect of compensating 150,000 passengers in Christmas week and possibly more after that as a result of the looming industrial action. The move prompted unions to suspend their strike plans, averting the threat of major upheaval over the busy holiday period. The Irish trade union Impact called off the threat of a strike at Irish airports after Ryanair pledged in writing to recognise the organisation. However, German trade union Cockpit decided to launch a ‘warning strike’ after a first round of talks with Ryanair broke down.

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Emergency call service workers in Andalucía are striking over the Christmas and New Year period. ... [more]

Emergency call service workers in Andalucía are striking over the Christmas and New Year period. The union that called for the strike has promised the fulfilment of minimum services. The telephone operators are acting in favour of better working conditions. They say that the ongoing subcontracting practices have deteriorated these conditions. The union is demanding that a non-binding law proposal approved by the Regional Parliament be put into practice in order to improve the situation.

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The government has sacked another 2,756 public sector workers as it continues it purge of people ... [more]

The government has sacked another 2,756 public sector workers as it continues it purge of people it claims supported last year's failed military coup. A pair of government decrees published in the Official Gazette said those fired in the latest round of dismissals include 637 military personnel, 360 gendarmerie force members and 150 academics. Critics say the government crackdown is just an excuse to silence political opposition.

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Engineers from the Icelandair airline ended their strike. For six months the airline engineers ha... [more]

Engineers from the Icelandair airline ended their strike. For six months the airline engineers have been negotiating with their management to demand a 20% pay increase. The strike resulted in a tentative agreement. Both parties had to make concessions, and now they have a contract until the end of 2019. The strike has led to some delayed flights, but now flight schedules will return back to normal.

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The employment perspectives of the thousands of steel workers at the troubled Ilva-plant are stil... [more]

The employment perspectives of the thousands of steel workers at the troubled Ilva-plant are still not secured. Steelmaker ArcelorMittal told commissioners running the plant that it wants changes made to the contract, in which it agreed to buy the company, in order to protect it from legal challenges. Partly, the challenges stem from an appeal filed by the local authorities against the central government’s approval of ArcelorMittal’s environmental plan for Ilva. The authorities said the environmental clean-up plan for Europe’s largest steelwork did not do enough to safeguard the environment and public health. The health damage caused by the plant has been linked to higher than average local cancer rates. The trade unions organised a meeting with fellow-unions from other ArcelorMittal plants in Europe to discuss the strategy.

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