Strike action organised by the JHL public services union was instrumental in maintaining the collective agreement covering around 1000 employees of the cleaning and catering company Arkea, owned by the City of Turku. The company had switched to another employers' organisation so that it could sign up to a different and inferior collective agreement. This would have meant employees suffering cuts in pay of 15%-30%. After strike action by the 1000 employees at Arkea, a second strike also involving local transport workers was organised. With the threat of a third strike the company agreed to reinstate the original collective agreement.
Strike action protects pay and conditions at municipal company
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Around 30000 workers employed by the health institutions federation in Vienna will see their pay and conditions protected following an agreement that removes the threat of privatisation. The deal will also mean higher starting salaries for new workers and a minimum wage of EUR 1670 a month. The younion representing the health workers regards this as a positive example of social partnership and a valuable contribution to social justice.
The ver.di services union is organising a week of action up to 31 January in the Helios and Rhön group of health companies. The combined company employs around 70000 workers but is in the process of selling off 75 of Rhön's clinics and other institutions. Ver.di wants to negotiate an agreement to protect jobs and pay and conditions. It wants to ensure that workers don't face further work intensification or outsourcing to companies with worse pay and conditions. The union also wants to see training provision maintained, job offers to trainees and a commitment to no compulsory redundancies
The STAL local government union reports that there was strong and widespread support for the strike organised on 27 October by the Frente Comum group of unions. Many administrative, waste and other municipal services were affected by the action which was called to put pressure on the government to agree to unfreeze pay and career development in the sector and act more quickly to reverse other measures taken during the period of austerity.