(June 2016) The process of negotiating the so-called competitiveness pact is nearly at an end with 86.5% of workers now covered on the basis of the unions that have signed up. Some negotiations are continuing and so the final figure may exceed 90%. One trade union leader described it as a choice between a pest and cholera with the government threatening tougher measures if the pact were not agreed. It will mean a pay freeze and all workers working 24 hours a year more without pay. But public sector workers will also see a 30% cut in their holiday bonus. Read more at JHL (EN).
Trade unions reluctantly sign competitiveness pact
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The three confederations – Cgil, Csil and Uil – have signed a pact for innovation on public employment and social cohesion with the government that sets out the main areas for negotiation across the public services. The unions see the agreement as an important political framework that affirms that public services are a resource for the country and that revitalisation of public administration must be through the involvement of public service workers and through the enhancement of their jobs and working conditions. The pact follows a series of recent mobilisations and a national public sector