Aug. 22, 2019 Health unions were due to meet the government on 23 August to continue negotiations over the current collective agreement and previously agreed pay increases. The unions are threatening strike action if there is not a positive outcome and confirmation that pay increases included in the current collective agreement will be honoured. Pay increases of 3% (in August) for health workers in general and 4% (in October) for staff with diagnostic responsibilities are part of the annex to the collective agreement in force until 31 October. However, the government said it wouldn't confirm the increases, leading to an angry response from the unions and the current negotiations.
Aug. 07, 2019 Services union ver.di has managed to organise and make progress towards a collective agreement in the uni-assist agency that checks applications to universities from overseas students. The agency was set up in 2003 and now has 300 employees, with ver.di membership now at 60% of those on permanent contracts. The union is aiming to secure an agreement in line with the public sector agreement and is focusing on a number of specific issues including a reduction to a 38.5 hour week from 40 hours. The agency is now a guest member of the Berlin municipal employers' organisation but without committing to sign up to the sector agreement. Ver.di has drafted a collective agreement and hopes to make progress in negotiations with the agency but doesn't rule out action, including warning strikes, to put pressure on the employers.
Jul. 25, 2019 The Frente Comum group of public service unions has criticised the government for failing to respect existing collective bargaining arrangements in the public sector. The government has put forward reforms to public sector pensions without going through the proper procedure for consultation. Instead of negotiating directly with public sector unions the government will use a social dialogue forum that includes private sector employers. The Frente Comum unions are concerned about the impact of the proposed pension reforms which could reduce rights for workers to retire from 60 with 40 years' service, for example.
Jul. 25, 2019 The European Trade Union Institute is publishing a comprehensive four-volume overview of collective bargaining in all 28 Member States of the European Union.This documents how collective bargaining institutions have been abolished, changed or narrowed in scope. However, it also highlights some positive developments with some collective bargaining systems proving more resilient than others in maintaining multi-employer bargaining arrangements. The key policy issue addressed in this book is how the reduction of the importance of collective bargaining as a tool to jointly regulate the employment relationship can be reversed.
Jul. 11, 2019 The FP-CGIL, CISL-FP and UIL-FPL public service federations are continuing their campaign to force the AIOP and ARIS private health employer organisations to negotiate a collective agreement 12 years after the last one was signed. The latest initiative follows a meeting with the Conference of Regions and Autonomous Provinces where the unions secured a commitment to push for a change in legislation on the accreditation of private providers that would require them to negotiate a collective agreement with the three recognised trade unions in line with the negotiations in the public sector.
Jul. 09, 2019 The CCOO-Sanidad health union has negotiated another new collective agreement following on from its success reported in the last issue of the newsletter. Around 900 workers employed by the CIBER network of biomedical research institutions will be covered by a new agreement that will run until June 2022. The agreement will mean standardisation of pay and conditions for this group of workers and it will set out their rights in relation to pay, leave, relocation, working time and telework, the right to training and the target of limiting temporary contracts to 8% of the workforce.
Jun. 21, 2019 Nine public service federations - CGT, CFDT, FO, UNSA, FSU, Solidaires, FA-FP, CFE-CGC and CFTC - are continuing to work together in their campaign to defend jobs and services across the public sector and secure better pay and conditions for public sector workers. They are planning to rally outside the ministries of finance and public services at midday on 27 June, a few days before a meeting on pay planned for 2 July where the unions will be calling for salaries that recognise the work, skills, qualifications and commitment of public service workers.
Jun. 20, 2019 The latest issue of the Collective Bargaining Newsletter produced by the European Trade Union Institute includes over 70 articles covering developments in over 30 countries. Among the more interesting this month are moves to a four-day week in Austria, action by outsourced workers in Cyprus, strikes by ambulance staff in Ireland, action by nursery workers in Spain and pay offers from Glasgow City Council in Scotland to resolve the equal pay dispute there.
May. 29, 2019 The public service federations - FP-CGIL, CISL-FP and UIL-FPL- organised a rally in Rome outside the health ministry on 23 May and sent a delegation to talk to the health minister about the continuing dispute in the private health sector. The unions want a resolution to the dispute over the failure of the two employer organisations - ARIS (religious health institutions) and AIOP (private sector hospitals) - to negotiate a new collective agreement for the sector. The last agreement was signed 12 years ago. The unions want the health ministry to put pressure on the employers to negotiate and to ensure resources are available to fund the long-awaited pay increase.
May. 28, 2019 A new analysis covering wage and productivity developments in 25 EU countries indicates that pay for most workers has not risen in line with productivity. The report says that there is still a clear link between wages and productivity in most countries and that the trend has been for the two to be more in alignment in recent years. However, this development has yet to compensate fully for the 25-year period up to 1994 when wages lagged behind productivity.
May. 16, 2019 Local government union STAL and other unions in the public sector Frente Comum took part in a major national demonstration on 10 May as part of their long-running campaign to improve pay and working conditions in the public services and reverse the cuts imposed as part of austerity measures. Along with higher pay and better pensions, the unions want to see clear commitments to improve career progression and action on working time.
May. 02, 2019
Squares, parks and streets filled with workers and union members across Europe and beyond this first of May.