Public sector strike averted as government agrees funding

Italy
The public sector strike planned for 1 June was called off following negotiations with the government which finally produced an agreement to fund pay increases for 2006 and 2007. Public sector workers will get an average €101 a month increase. This was agreed several months ago but implementation was delayed when the finance minister refused to endorse funding for the increases. Part of the latest agreement involves a shift away from the traditional two and four year negotiations. Currently pay increases are negotiated very two years and other conditions every four years. From 2008 a three-year negotiating cycle will be tried out. This will fit in more with the government's three-year budget-setting arrangements. [Read more at > FP-CGIL (IT)->http://www.fpcgil.it/flex/files/D.3fa689a068d1624df5e3/Comunicato_unit_29maggio2007.doc]

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