Oct. 18, 2018
The German labour court of Nordhausen cancelled the decision of management of Celenus to dismiss 2 trade union delegates.
Oct. 10, 2018 Trade unions representing doctors, health managers, veterinary and other health staff have called a national demonstration on 17 October and a national strike on 9 November. The unions want to see additional funding for the health service in order to address the urgent need to recruit new staff, provide training, tackle precarious employment and renew the collective agreement.
Oct. 10, 2018 The STAL local government union and other public service unions in the Frente Comum have called a one-day strike in public administration on 26 October. The unions have a range of demands including a 4% increase on pay (with a minimum increase of EUR 60) and pensions, measures to tackle precarious employment and also to ensure that all public service workers have the right to the 35-hour week.
Oct. 10, 2018 Prison sector unions are planning a series of 24-hour strikes beginning on 24 October in protest at the withdrawal of a pay offer by the prison service. The unions have been campaigning together for several years to secure improved pay as a key measure to tackle staff shortages in the sector. Following the installation of a new government, the prison service offered to increase the prison pay bill by EUR 122.6 million over the next three years. The unions were angry and astonished when, at a meeting on 25 September, the head of the prison service announced that the offer was withdrawn on the basis that it hadn't been authorised by the government. The unions have called for an urgent meeting with the Minister of the Interior and they will begin their actions with a protest outside the Ministry on 17 October.
Oct. 10, 2018 A new report from the Eurofound research agency analyses trends in collectively negotiated wages compared to productivity over the 2000-2017 period. The report says that: "From an employee perspective...applying harmonised consumer prices, wages per employee have grown more slowly than productivity since the beginning of the millennium and the gap has been widening, despite hourly wages having been more aligned." It adds that: "In most countries with available data (14 EU Member States), there has been a positive wage drift since the early 2000s, indicating that actual wages have grown more than collectively agreed pay."
Oct. 10, 2018 The KKDSz culture workers' union and BDDSz childcare workers' union have been instrumental in getting the SZEF public sector confederation to launch a campaign on public service pay. The confederation is highlighting low pay and understaffing across the public services and the need for negotiations on long-term pay development in the public sector. It calls for action on corruption and the need for a redistribution of government spending to workers to ensure a fully staffed and professional public service delivering quality services.
Oct. 10, 2018 Unions across Europe sent their solidarity messages to members of ver.di who organised a day of action against CELENUS, the German subsidiary of the ORPEA social care multinational. The protest in Berlin on 28 September follows months of protests and strike action as ver.di members attempt to secure their trade union rights and right to organise and the reinstatement of sacked activists. The union is also fighting for demands for safe staffing levels and decent pay and conditions.
Sep. 28, 2018
Today health workers and their trade unions organise a protest and mobilisation in Berlin against the anti-union practices of the ORPEA group in Germany.
Sep. 19, 2018
Pension reform, low wages, concerns of young workers and more addressed in the Russia-Central Asia Constituency meeting
The unions of the constituency met in a situation of much turmoil in Russia. Protests have taken place across the country against proposed reforms of the pension system.
Sep. 14, 2018 EPSU and affiliates in the social services sector across Europe have been sending solidarity messages to colleagues at the Celenus clinic in Germany. The clinic is part of the French multinational Orpea which runs residential homes and provides care services. The solidarity will be an encouragement to members of the ver.di services union as they continue to put pressure on the Celenus management to abide by their legal and collective agreement obligations and negotiate a pay increase. The union is also challenging the company over its dismissal of two trade union activists. EPSU affiliates from Austria, Belgium, France, Italy and Spain, where Orpea has subsidiaries, all sent messages of support.
Sep. 14, 2018 The latest issue of Collective Bargaining News from the European Trade Union Institute includes nearly 100 articles covering all sectors from over 30 countries. There are several news stories from EPSU sectors including reports on a dispute in the waste sector in Belgium, the impact of austerity on health in Greece, calls for consultation over job cuts in Hungary and a strike of cleaners at the Ministry of Justice in the UK.
Sep. 14, 2018 The International Labour Organisation (ILO) has published two reports on collective bargaining and social dialogue. A working paper on social dialogue in public services was published to mark the 40th anniversary of ILO Convention 151 on labour relations in the public services. It covers three of the European social dialogue committees in which EPSU is involved along with examples of how social dialogue works in Italy, Denmark and the Czech and Slovak Republics. The ILO's report on extension of collective agreements provides evidence on the important role that this process can play in reducing inequality and countering unfair competition by providing a level playing field at sector level.