The Fp-Cgil, Fit-Cisl, Uiltrasporti and Fiadel trade union federations report very high levels of support for the national strike action in the waste sector on 8 November. They estimate overall that 90% of workers joined the strike with 100% coverage in some areas. The trade unions are determined to retain and renew the sector agreement and to incorporate a range of improvements. They want to ensure the agreement covers the whole sector including recycling plants and they are calling for action on safety, training, job classification and to ensure real increases in pay and other benefits.
Unions celebrate massive turnout for waste sector strike
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Around 200,000 people joined the national demonstration in Dublin on Saturday organised by the ICTU union confederation in protest at the government’s handling of the economic crisis. A particular focus of trade union anger has been the decision to impose a pensions levy on public sector workers that will cost them between €1,500 and €2,800 a year. The previous weekend had seen the IMPACT trade union co-ordinate lobbying of TDs (MPs) across the country. [Read more at > BBC (EN)->http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/7903518.stm] [And at > IMPACT (EN)->http://www.impact.ie/iopen24/newsdesk
The FP-CGIL reports that an estimated 80% of workers supported the strike in the private waste sector, backed also by the FIT-CISL, UIL TRASPORTI and FIADEL union organisations. The strike was over concerns about safety in the sector and the need to renew the sectoral agreement as an important protection for workers in the face of liberalization. A meeting with employers on 1 December didn’t resolve the dispute and the unions are determined to maintain their position and are considering a second day of strike action in January. [Read more at > FP-CGIL (IT)->http://www.fpcgil.it/flex/cm/pages
Trade unions were delighted at the high level of support for demonstrations and strikes across the country on 29 January in both public and private sectors. The protests, backed by eight trade union confederations, were in response to the economic crisis but were also part of the long-running campaign by public sector unions to secure real pay increases for their members and to recoup some of the purchasing power lost in recent years. One estimate put the total number of demonstrators at 2.5 million in nearly 200 events around the country. The eight unions will meet on 9 February to discuss