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epsucob@NEWS is EPSU’s newsletter covering developments in collective bargaining and pay and conditions in the public services across Europe. As well as general editions, EPSU also produces some special issues focusing on key topics such as minimum wages, trade union rights, pensions and economic governance. Further special issues are planned for the future. Please send us short updates on collective bargaining in your country so that we can improve the coverage of the newsletter. You can send them to

2018 February epsucob@NEWS 04

  • France: Further action in eldercare
  • Ireland: Progress on pay for social services workers
  • Austria: National mobilisation in private health and social care
  • Italy: Unions welcome local government agreement
  • Europe: Significant ruling on standby time
  • Germany: Unions set out demand for 6% pay rise
  • Finland: New agreement in local government
  • France/Germany: Energy workers in action
  • Germany

    Unions aim for 6% pay increase

  • France

    Unions plan further strike action in eldercare

  • Austria

    Warning strikes across private health and social care

  • Ireland

    Strike threat leads to negotiations

  • Finland

    Unions secure pay deal in municipal sector

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2018 February epsucob@NEWS 03

  • France: unprecedented day of action in eldercare
  • Ireland: social services workers prepare for action over pay
  • Spain: home care staff continue campaign
  • UK: home care workers take action over shifts
  • Austria: health and social service unions demand better offer
  • Sweden: childcare survey shows need for more permanent staff
  • Italy: new collective agreement for firefighters
  • U.K.

    Home care workers take action over split shifts and job cuts

  • Ireland

    Social services workers build strike campaign

  • France

    Unions celebrate unprecedented day of action in eldercare

  • Spain

    Home care workers' campaign continues into third month

  • Finland

    Union calls for more action and funding to tackle gender pay gap

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2018 January epsucob@NEWS 02


  • Hungary

    Culture union delivers petition on pay

  • Slovenia

    Public service strike for pay rise and to defend pay structure

  • Austria

    Energy unions secure 3% pay rise and other improvements

  • Germany

    Union achieves major pay boost for waste workers

  • The Netherlands

    Union will relaunch action by ambulance workers

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