Unions representing staffing in provincial government, including FNV, have suspended negotiations following what they regard as an unacceptable pay offer from the employers of only 0.6%, with inflation currently at 1.9%. They have now launched a petition to get broad support from staff and get negotiations back on track. Noting that productivity has increased with a significant rise in telework, they are looking for a 2.5% pay increase, a fair homeworking allowance and measures on sustainable employability.
Union launches petition on negotiations in provincial government
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Five of the main public services trade unions have come together in campaign over pay and launched a petition calling for an end to the erosion of workers' purchasing power. The unions argue that this year's pay increases (0.5% on 1 July and 1% on 1 November) will again mean a cut in real pay and they want an increase of at least 1.8% in 2007 to compensate for forecast inflation. The unions also want a revision of the public sector pay scale and increases to compensate for the loss of purchasing power since 2000. [Read more at > UGFF CGT (FR)->http://www.ugff.cgt.fr/pdf/carte_petition_stop
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