Aug. 30, 2019
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Jun. 20, 2018
The changes to the labour codes, reform of social protection and health systems and the experience with privatization were some of the issues addressed by the union leaders of the constituency.
Aug. 31, 2017 An analysis by the European Trade Union Institute shows that wage convergence between East and West in Europe was steady up until 2008. However, since then the trend has either stalled or gone into reverse. Taking national average pay as a percentage of the average across the pre-2004 EU15, Croatia and Hungary show the largest increase in the pay gap since 2008. There were also increases in Slovenia, Czech Republic, Poland and Romania.Most progress was made in Bulgaria but from a very low level (11.8%) to 17.7%, still less than a fifth of average pay in the West.
Jul. 07, 2017 (July 2017) The energy workers' union has achieved a significant victory in negotiating a new collective agreement covering the Narva power plants in Eastern Estonia after the company had indicated that it wanted to end collective bargaining. The union managed to retain all existing rights and benefits as well as negotiate a 3.5% pay increase backdated to 1 March 2017. The pay deal covers this year while the collective agreement overall runs until the end of 2018.
Apr. 19, 2017 (April 2017) The Estonian energy workers' union organised a picket of the Eesti Energia power company on 18 April supported by the EAKL trade union confederation and several other trade unions. The protest was over the threat by the company to end collective agreements and leave workers on legal minimum standards. The company also wants to consolidate various payments into the basic salary and effectively end collective bargaining. The union has also called on the public conciliation office to intervene and help resolve the dispute. Further information is in the attached union statement.
Feb. 14, 2013 The Estonian Supreme Court has ruled that two Estonian workers employed in Finland should have benefited from local pay and conditions. The two were paid only €8 an hour when local rates were between €10.30 and €11.30. Their employers also refused to pay overtime rates. The ruling is expected to have major implications for other Estonians who are working in Finland.Read more at > YLE news website (EN)
Nov. 26, 2012 Unions representing doctors and health workers agreed on pay increases, reduced workloads and new working time arrangements at the end of October after lengthy strike action. From 1 March 2013 pay for nurses will increase by 17.5% and for doctors by 11%. The health sector minimum wage, covering many care workers, will increase by 23%.Read more at > Baltic Times news website (EN)And at > Estonian Public Broadcasting news website (EN)
Mar. 13, 2012 EPSU affiliates have been supporting the campaign of industrial action called by the EAKL trade union confederation. Transport workers have been at the forefront of the strike over changes to the laws on collective bargaining and employment contracts while teachers have also been taking separate strike action over their demand for a 20% pay increase. The EPSU energy affiliate showed its support with industrial action at the Narva power plant. Read more at > Baltic Course news website (EN) And more at > ERR news website (EN)
May. 06, 2011 The ROTAL trade union will submit a claim for an 8% pay increase for police and rescue workers next year which would bring their salaries back to 2009 levels. The union will also all other public sector workers to get increases that would bring their pay at least back to levels seen in 2008.Read more at > Baltic News website (EN)
Apr. 06, 2011 Workers at the Narva power plant are continuing to demand a 25% pay increase and have set up a strike committee in preparation for possible industrial action to support their claim. The union argues that the claim is justified on the basis of no pay rise for three years and the level of profits generated by the company.Read more at > ERR news website (EN)
Mar. 22, 2011 Workers at the Narva power plant are planning possible strike action in support of their pay claim. The union is calling for pay increases of around 25% and for salaries in future to be linked to increases in prices. The union argues that pay has not been increased for three years while prices have been rising and the company has seen profits increase. Negotiations are continuing.Read more at > Estonian TV website (EN)
Jul. 21, 2010 Researchers, equality experts and even government officials have acknowledged the difficulties in closing the gender pay gap in Estonia. While equality legislation exists, the difficulty is in implementing it and the challenge facing women who want to pursue an equal pay case. The equality commissioner says that only five women have made an official complaint under the legislation in the last seven years despite the scale of the gender pay gap in the country. Read more at > Baltic Times news website (EN)