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Collective bargaining news from around Europe

14 October 2014

The latest collective bargaining newsletter from the ETUI is now available and includes several articles on public service developments from Belgium (police pensions), Croatia (public procurement), Cyprus (pay cut threats), Czech Republic (pay increase in public sector), Finland (problem of low pay), Greece (protests and strike action), Ireland (prison dispute) and UK (action in health and social services). Read more at > ETUI (EN)

ITUC gears up for World Day for Decent Work

30 September 2014

This 7 October will be the 7th World Day for Decent Work coordinated by the ITUC global trade union confederation. The ITUC is focusing on the attacks on trade union rights, particularly the threats to collective bargaining and the right to strike. It also wants to highlight the serious dangers posed by climate change and the need to undertake urgently the measures to provide a sustainable future. Read more at > ITUC (EN, DE, ES, FR) And at > the WDDW website (EN, DE, ES, FR)

Wages boost needed for employment and growth

30 September 2014

New research provides important support for the argument that a coordinated increase in wages, along with more public investment, would boost the global economy and help create the jobs that are urgently needed to reduce unemployment. The ITUC global trade union confederation highlighted the research in its lobbying of the recent meeting of governments in the G20 group of leading industrial nations. The ITUC also warns of the risk of deflation and how the declining wage share in the economy has been a drag on growth. Read more at > ITUC

ETUC launches bargaining for equality guide

30 September 2014

The ETUC has published a guide to bargaining for equality focusing on closing the gender pay gap. The guide looks at a range of issues including transparency over pay, the role of work-life balance, increasing minimum wages and the pay of low-paid workers and increasing pay in female-dominated sectors. The guide provides examples of trade union strategies and collective agreements and is available in English, Italian, German, Spanish and Polish. Read more at > ETUC

Report examines gender perspectives among older workers

30 September 2014

A new working paper from the ETUI trade union research institute looks at the situation facing women and men at work in the run-up to retirement. It considers issues like financial security and the career paths of older workers. The paper also looks at how arduous work has a different impact on women and men, with a particular focus on the long-term effects. Other aspects covered by the report include self-fulfilment in work when approaching retirement and the influence of unpaid work and the unequal division of gender roles on ageing at work. Read more at > ETUI (EN)

Collective bargaining news from around Europe

17 September 2014

The July/August edition of the ETUI Collective Bargaining Newsletter includes several articles on public service developments including: a 3.5% pay increase for public sector workers in the Czech Republic, a strike over staffing and working time by nurses in Portugal and a court ruling in Portugal against public sector pay cuts; and pressure in Serbia from employers to cut public sector pay. Read more at > ETUI

Working time back on the agenda

18 August 2014

Working time and possible revisions to the Working Time Directive are likely to be a priority for trade unions at the beginning of 2015. The European Commission is not only undertaking a standard review of the implementation of the Directive but has also called in consultants to work on studies that will assess possible changes to the legislation. One of the studies is focusing on the health sector in particular and includes interviews with a range of actors, including EPSU affiliates, in the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy and the UK. In anticipation of a further attempt by the Commission to amend the Directive, EPSU has organised a meeting in Brussels on 4 September to discuss working time issues. Read more on the meeting at > EPSU (EN,DE,FR,CZ,SV,IT) And on the implementation study at > EPSU (EN,DE,FR)

Social care survey responses top 7000

17 August 2014

Over 7000 workers in social services have now responded to a survey on pay and working conditions. The survey is supported by EPSU with the view that it will provide important and up-to-date information that affiliates can use at national level in their lobbying, campaigning and collective bargaining. The survey will run until October when results will be analysed in time for a conference in Amsterdam on 18 November. So there is still plenty of time to encourage members to complete the questionnaire either online or on paper. Online surveys for 34 countries in national languages Versions of surveys to download and print

EPSU works with affiliates to support Spanish nurses in Germany

18 July 2014

EPSU has been supporting German affiliates ver.di and Spanish affiliates FES-CCOO and FSP-UGT in a joint effort to defend Spanish nurses working in Germany. It emerged that the nurses were not being paid according to the collective agreement with hourly rates of pay of €9 rather than €13.50 or €14.50. Read more at > EPSU

Evidence of impact of austerity on industrial relations in central government

17 July 2014

A new report from the EIRO industrial relations observatory takes stock of developments in industrial relations in central government administration. It analyses the varied arrangements at national level and concludes that overall the quality of social dialogue has deteriorated. It also provides further evidence of the attacks on pay and conditions across Europe, with pay freezes and pay cuts along with reductions in other benefits, particularly pensions. It argues that: “While the social partners are actively responding to the crisis at the European level, their actions have yet to halt these troubling trends at the national level.” Read more at > EIRO (EN)

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