Confederations sets out key bargaining priorities
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The JHL public services union says that it will aim to negotiate pay increases for lower paid workers that are higher than those in industry as a step towards reducing the pay gap between the sectors. It says this is essential to tackle low pay in sectors dominated by women. It also wants the 24 hours of extra unpaid work introduced in the Competitiveness Pact to be paid or cut while measures on carers' and paternity leave will also feature in the next bargaining round. The union carried out a survey of 8000 members to help it plan its priorities and gauge support for industrial action.
(September 2016) The FNV trade union has set out is main bargaining aims for 2017. It has set a general target of a 2.5% pay increase but indicated that some sectors may be able to achieve higher increases. The FNV wants to see action to tackle excessive workloads and increasing flexibility, particularly in relation to on-call/zero hours contracts. In addition, it calls for the creation of 8000 jobs for young people linked to arrangements that reduce working time for older workers following the model of agreements negotiated in the municipal sector.
The Frente Comum group of public service unions has set out its key demands for negotiations next year, many of which focus on restoring pay and benefits cut as a result of austerity. The unions want a minimum wage of EUR 850 a month. They also want to see an unfreezing of career progression, reinstatement of cuts to overtime and other measures relating to annual leave, pensions, compensation for occupational accidents and diseases and action on precarious employment. A complete return to the 35-hour week for all public service workers also remains a central demand.