Oct. 07, 2016 (October 2016) The ST trade union has negotiated a new collective agreement covering around 100000 workers in the state sector. It provides for pay increases of 2.2% in the year to 30 September 2017. There are other important elements regarding working conditions including action to deal with stress and violence at work and special measures to provide support for overworked managers.
Oct. 07, 2016 (October 2016) The SNLP union representing prison staff has been organising a series of protests over serious staffing shortages and very high levels of uncompensated overtime. The prison service needs around 8000 extra staff and the union warns that this not only raises serious health and safety issues but undermines attempts at rehabilitation.
Oct. 07, 2016 (October 2016) The three main confederations - CGIL, CSIL and UIL - jointly organised a national demonstration on 30 September which was well supported by employees of Chambers of Commerce from around the country. The publicly run system is set to be restructured (see epsucob@NEWS 10) and the unions are campaigning to defend the jobs and the employment rights of the workers affected.
Sep. 22, 2016 (September 2016) Trade unions have negotiated a minimum service provision in the case of strike action by forestry workers. This is an important step to maintain the current rights of this group of workers that is facing militarisation and the loss of the right to strike through transfer to the carabineri police service. Trade unions are continuing to fight this transfer both through union campaigning and legal action.
Sep. 05, 2016 (September 2016) The vpod/ssp public services union is joining others in the federal public sector to call for negotiations over pay increases in 2017. The unions have reacted to government figures showing that the budget outcome for 2016 will be a surplus rather than the forecast deficit and the unions argue that this means that the proposed pay freeze for 2017 needs to be withdrawn and a pay rise negotiated.
Sep. 05, 2016 (September 2016) The FeSP-UGT public services federation has called on the interim government to open negotiations with trade unions to ensure that the law setting out the budget for 2017 includes provisions for increased employment and a pay rise for public sector workers. The federation says that urgent action is needed to fill vacancies, take on temporary staff on permament contracts and reinstate the 170000 jobs cut since 2011. It is also arguing for a 3% pay increase in line with overall economic growth. Read more at FeSP-UGT (ES).
Aug. 30, 2016 (September 2016) The CGIL confederation and its public service federation (Fp-Cgil) are working together to coordinate legal and industrial action in support of forestry workers who are facing transfer to the carabinieri police force. The transfer would mean major changes for the workers who would lose the right to strike. The confederation and federation are planning to organise strike action in protest but in the mean time are planning to support action by individual workers to challenge the legality of the new statute to implement the transfer. Read more at Fp-Cgil (IT).
Aug. 16, 2016 (August 2016) The agency set up by the UK government to regulate employment agencies and agency work has seen its budget cut by over 50% since 2010. An investigation by the Labour Party found that staff at the Employment Agency Standards Inspectorate (EAS) had been cut by 70% and that the body had failed to secure a single prosecution over the past year. Although complaints rose by a fifth between 2011 and 2016, the number of inspections carried out by the EAS fell by more than half. Read more at the Guardian newspaper.
Aug. 16, 2016 (August 2016) The public service federations - Fp Cgil, Cisl Fp and Uil Fpl - have sent a letter to the ministers of public administration and economic development protesting at the planned restructuring of the system of chambers of commerce. The unions argue that the plans to reorganise are going ahead without any guarantees for the employees and with the government refusing even to discuss the restructuring with the trade unions. The chambers employ around 7000 workers directly with 3000 in related bodies. The unions plan to organise a national demonstration in September. Read more at Fp-Cgil (IT).
Aug. 02, 2016 (August 2016) The government has ignored trade union opposition and approved a decree to make the forestry service an arm of the Carabinieri, the military police force. The unions are extremely concerned about the loss of civil and trade union rights for the workers transferred and have challenged claims that the move will improve the efficiency of the service. The CGIL confederation and FP-CGIL public services federation are committed to fighting the transfer and have made clear they will use all legal avenues including potential industrial action by the workers affected. Read more at FP-CGIL (IT) and at EPSU (EN).
Aug. 02, 2016 (August 2016) The public sector federations of the CCOO and UGT confederations have set out some key collective bargaining demands. The CCOO federations put their proposals to the Ministry of Finance and Public Administration at the end of July calling for a re-establishment of collective bargaining, creation of 356000 jobs and an end to restrictions on recruitment. They also want to see a recovery of purchasing power for public sector workers, a return to the 35-hour week and recuperation of other cuts to pay and conditions made since 2010. The FeSP-UGT federation demands include a 3% pay increase for all public sector workers in 2017 in line with government forecasts for economic growth. Read more at FSC-CCOO (ES) and FeSP-UGT (ES).
Jul. 11, 2016 (July 2016) The secretary of state with responsibility for public administration has acknowledged the need to resume social dialogue on working conditions. The FSC-CCOO and FeSP-UGT trade union federations have made clear some of their main aims in such negotiations. They want to see adequate funding for public sector jobs along with contracts that provide stability and continuity. They also want to start recuperating the cuts imposed in recent years inlcuding the 5% cut in salary from 2010, a return to the 35-hour week and an end to the replacement rate limiting the number of leavers who are replace. Read more at FSC-CCOO (ES) and at FeSP-UGT (ES).
Jun. 29, 2016
Press Statement (Brussels 29 June 2016) The Luxembourg court condemned on 29 June LuxLeaks whistleblowers Antoine Deltour and Raphaël Halet, former employees at PWC, to 1
Jun. 20, 2016 (June 2016) The union for National Academy of Sciences Workers organised a demonstration outside the parliament on 15 June call for a major increase in spending on science spending. The union points out that, according to the final provisions of the Law on Science, such funding should be 1.7% of GDP by 1 January 2020, but last year it was only 0.3% of GDP, and this year is 0.2%. The lack of funding is having a direct impact on science workers and if there is no increase then employees of the National Academy will either have to go on unpaid leave or work part-time. This is part of a long running campaign by the union which also organised a protest over funding in April.