Sep. 16, 2005 EPSU's fourth conference on the social dialogue and collective bargaining will take place on 12-13 December in Brussels with financial support from the European Commission. There will be general discussions about developments in the intersectoral social dialogue and collective bargaining across Europe. Specific topics will include: low pay, working time, outsourcing, young workers and migrant workers.Read more in 10 languages at > EPSU
Sep. 16, 2005 The European Commission's statistical agency Eurostat has just released figures which show that nearly 60% of 25-64 year-olds across Europe didn't take part in any education or training activity in 2003. It also shows that those with lower levels of skills and education were less likely to take part in training than workers with higher qualifications.Read more at > Eurostat
Sep. 02, 2005 Following the major study of minimum wages by the EIRO industrial relations observatory in August, the Eurostat statistical body has just published its round-up of national minimum wage rates around Europe. It finds the monthly rates range from 72 euros in Romania to 1467 in Luxembourg. Don't forget to comment on the draft EPSU policy document on low pay. If you would like a copy contact email@example.com.Read more at > Eurostat
Aug. 18, 2005 EPSU affiliates have been contacted over the past few months for information in three key areas. Firstly, there is the annual survey of changes to pay and conditions. Copies of this questionnaire are available in English, French, German, Spanish and Swedish. Secondly, members of the standing committees in local and regional government and national administration have been asked to respond to a questionnaire on outsourcing - also available in five languages. And finally, EPSU has been asked by the ETUC to provide examples of agreements on violence at work. If you haven't received the pay or outsourcing questionnaires please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Aug. 18, 2005 The European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions has published its review of industrial relations for 2004. This is a 100-page report covering social dialogue developments at the European Union level plus key collective bargaining and industrial relations changes within each country. The third section looks at developments in rights to information and consultation.This is the direct link to the pdf of the report at > EIRO
Aug. 04, 2005 Don't forget to book your place at EPSU's collective bargaining conference (12-13 December, in Brussels). Low pay will be the key issue with a major discussion planned for the afternoon of the first day. A draft policy document will be presented to the conference by EPSU staff. Thorsten Schulten, a researcher with the WSI German trade union research institute will provide some insight into the main debates on low pay and minimum wages around Europe. Details of the conference are now on the EPSU website.Read more at > EPSU
Aug. 04, 2005 Don't forget that EPSU is carrying out its annual survey of pay and conditions in the public services. Information from the survey will be included in an annual report on collective bargaining and social dialogue that will be presented to the Collective Bargaining conference in Brussels in December. The report has to be finished in time for translation and so responses to the survey are needed by the end of September. All contacts in EPSU's epsucob@ collective bargaining network should have received a copy of the questionnaire. It is available in English, French, German, Spanish and Swedish. If you have not received a copy contact: email@example.comThe ETUC is also carrying out its annual survey of collective bargaining developments across all sectors. This year, at EPSU's suggestion, the survey includes questions on low pay and minimum wages. The ETUC questionnaire is sent to union centres and so if you are in touch with people who deal with collective bargaining in your national centre please encourage them to complete and return the ETUC questionnaire.
Aug. 04, 2005 The annual review of collective bargaining across Europe has just been published by the WSI trade union institute in Germany. The assesses trends in pay increases against inflation and productivity growth in each country, following the ETUC's collective bargaining guideline that pay increases should compensate for rising prices and a share of the increase in productivity. WSI says that pay increases have so far failed to keep up with rising productivity in 2005. It also notes that Germany is the only country experiencing a fall in real wages and suggests that this is having an impact on pay on some of its close neighbours, including Belgium, the Netherlands and Austria.Read more at > WSI
Aug. 04, 2005 The EIRO industrial relations observatory has just published a detailed survey of minimum wages around Europe. This includes an overview of the current situation as well as individual country reports. The study covers countries, such as Italy, Germany and the Nordic countries that do not have statutory minimum wages but implement minimum rates through collective agreements. The report looks at current rates, and recent developments; beneficiaries; the existence of differentiated rates (eg for young workers); adjustment mechanisms; enforcement; the role and positions of governments and social partners; and current academic debates on the issue. The study will provide useful background material for the discussion on low pay and minimum wages at EPSU's collective bargaining conference in Brussels in December. EPSU has prepared a draft document on low pay for the conference. This is currently in English but will be translated into nine other languages for the conference. If you would like to see a draft contact: firstname.lastname@example.orgRead more at > EIROFor more on the conference go to > EPSU
Jul. 23, 2005 Low pay and minimum wages will be a key debate at this year's EPSU collective bargaining conference. A draft document on this subject has just been circulated to members of EPSU's collective bargaining network, epsucob@. This first draft is only in English but after initial comments a second draft will be translated into several languages and will be circulated to conference participants in November. If you would like to see a copy of the first draft please contact: email@example.com
Jul. 23, 2005 An annual review of collective bargaining and social dialogue will take place at the annual conference in December. In order that the annual report on collective bargaining has as broad as possible information on pay and conditions in the public services across Europe we need you to send in your completed questionnaires. The questionnaires are available in English, French, German, Spanish and Swedish. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for copies.
Jul. 12, 2005 The EIRO industrial relations observatory has produced a review of the public utilities with a particular focus on electricity. The report looks at how the sector has been affected by privatisation, liberalisation and restructuring. Based on reports from 20 European countries it highlights the impact on collective bargaining, noting that restructuring has usually proceeded by negotiation and in many cases levels of unionisation have been maintained.Read more at > EIROAnd find the individual company reports at > EIRO