Mar. 17, 2017 (March 2017) The ETUC is calling for a pay rise for workers across Europe and in the latest initiative in its campaign reveals that wages are lower now than they were eight years ago in seven EU member states while in 18 EU countries wages have grown much slower over the seven years after the crisis than in the eight years before that.In the 7 years 2009-2016 real wages (adjusted for inflation) have fallen every year by an average of 3.1 % in Greece; 1 % in Croatia; 0.9 % in Hungary; 0.7 % in Portugal; 0.6 % in Cyprus; 0.4 % in UK, and 0.3 % in Italy.
Feb. 16, 2017
What does it take to make the union stronger ? Actively addressing workers’ issues, reputation and dedication of trade union shopstewards and union leadership and of course more members.
Jan. 30, 2017 (January 2017) EPSU has sent a message of support to four members of the HVDSZ 2000 municipal and waste union who were sacked by their employer, FKFzrt. The four are part of a collective bargaining negotiating team and were paid by company as part of a normal arrangement but which the company now claims contravenes the law on independent unions. The union, supported by its confederation MASZSZ, has set up an online campaign backed by the Labourstart website.
Jun. 21, 2016 (May 2016) The BDDSz childcare workers' union (one of EPSU's newest affiliates) secured an important legal victory at the end of May. Following strike action earlier this year, the legality of the strike had been challenged by the government which had argued that the union should have provided a minimum level of service. The legal challenge went throught the whole legal process and the highest court ruled in favour of the union saying that the nature of the service did not require the minimum service. Read more at BDDSz (HU).
May. 04, 2016 (May 2016) On 20 April the BDDSz childcare workers' union, one of EPSU's newest affiliates, took strike action along with other unions in the social services sector. After two and a half years of negotiations, the unions decided to resort to industrial action to try to make progress with their claims for an increase in pay and to improve working time arrangements. Average salaries in the social services sector are 35% below the average for the economy as a whole, clearly justifying the 20% pay claim. EPSU sent a message of solidarity. Read more at EPSU and at BDDSz (HU)
Feb. 19, 2016 Thousands of workers from across different parts of the public sector joined a national protest in Budapest on 13 February. Cuts to services and low pay were the main focus of the demonstration along with government education policy. The KKDSZ culture workers took part, highlighting again the poverty wages for many of their members. The BBDSZ childcare workers also supported the rally, urging action to prevent more skilled workers leaving the country.Read more at > Budapest Beacon news website (EN)-> http://budapestbeacon.com/public-policy/our-patience-has-run-out-say-hungarian-teachers-students-and-parents-alike/32114][And at > KKDSZ (HU)And at > BDDSZ (HU)
Jan. 28, 2016 The KKDSZ culture workers union has been organising a series of actions and protests across the country to support its campaign for a pay increase and to highlighting the extent to which culture workers have been undervalued. The union has been trying all kinds of actions to raise the profile of its campaign and in Budapest it was joined by Eddy Stam of the FNV who is currently working with EPSU to support organising initiatives across Central and Eastern Europe. The KKDSZ website contains many photos of the Budapest protest and the other actions around the country.Read more at > KKDSZ (HU)And at > EPSU (EN)
Jan. 23, 2015 While public sector workers in general have seen a pay freeze lasting five years, culture workers have been hit even harder with no increase since 2002 and a third of jobs in the sector cut since 2008. The KKDSZ culture workers' union organised demonstrations across the country on 20 January supported by many other trade union organisations. The EPSU collective bargaining conference expressed its solidarity with the KKDSZ representative who presented the union's case to participants. Read more at > EPSU (EN)And at > KKDSZ (HU)
Dec. 17, 2014 Public service unions took to the streets on 6 December with a clear message demanding a 5% pay increase or HUF 10000 (€32). It has been six years since the last salary increase, leaving public sector workers 30% worse off in real terms. The government’s proposed budget for 2015 clearly shows that it is not considering a change in policy. The unions are calling for proper social dialogue and for a staged increase in wages over the next three years just to recoup the decline in purchasing power since 2008. Read more at > KDSZSZ (HU)And at > EPSU
Feb. 28, 2014 The KKDSZ cultural workers' trade union was one of 28 public sector unions that organised a day-long demonstration outside parliament on 21 February. The unions are angry that there has been no public sector pay increase for six years, that workers have lost their 13th month payment and that changes to employment rights mean that civil servants can be easily dismissed at short notice. After substantial cuts in jobs many workers are also having to work long hours without overtime pay to maintain services. The unions are calling for a 20% pay increase.Read more at > KKDSZ (EN)
Jan. 25, 2012 The KKDSZ trade union, representing workers in museums, libraries and other cultural institutions is organising a demonstration on 22nd January, traditionally the Day of Hungarian Culture, to coincide with the presentation of awards by the Minister of Culture. The aim of the protest is to highlight the impact of cuts on the culture sector which have included laying off 20% of the workforce since January. The county museums and libraries have become state-owned without any negotiations with trade unions and subsidies have been reduced from their already low level.