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9 October 2019
Spain: a first ICT sector trade union created for Catalonia
‘One can’t be all things to all people’.  The sentiment of being inadequately represented by major trade union federations that tend to favour the most influential sectors within their organizations is one shared by Red Sindical TIC (RSTIC is an ICT trade union network) , which has been growing in Spain’s Catalonia region and has the intention of gradually negotiating the sectoral agreement for ICT and market research companies. Its dual-goal is be able to offer a response to problems arising...
9 October 2019
Germany : amid problems renewing the industrial cleaning sector agreement, the IG BAU union accuses companies of profiting from the situation
With the industrial cleaning sector’s social partners unable to successfully conclude collective agreement renewal negotiations that commenced at the start of August and that will affect 650,000 sector employees, the IG BAU construction union has found an effective way of applying pressure on employers, namely since 07 October 2019 it is using its website to ‘call-out’ companies...
9 October 2019
Argentina : record salary increase for the banking sector
In the throes of economic recession, and amid widespread uncertainty, Argentina’s banking sector has just signed a ‘Super-agreement’, or ‘Record-agreement’ that updates and revalues salaries (paritaria), taking the 2019 year-to-date rise to an inflation-matching 50%. This latest increase raises the sector’s salary floor to more than three times the minimum salary. The agreement comes at a time of broadly generous salary increases for workers within the banking sector.
8 October 2019
Germany : German Trade Union Confederation presents an atlas of collective agreement withdrawals
While Germany’s trade unions may have, after many years of painful restructuring and reform, succeeded in stemming a membership slide, the same cannot be said for companies that continue to opt out of sector collective agreements (Tarifflucht); a phenomenon that since the end of the 90s has been becoming increasingly more marked. In 1998, 76% of employees in the west of the country were covered by a collective agreement. The corresponding percentage in 2018 was just 56%. In the former East German Länders, this...
7 October 2019
Germany : 2019/2020 schedule for collective bargaining
The Hans Böckler trade union foundation has recently published its mid-term review for collective agreements in 2019, as well as a calendar for negotiations taking place in the remainder of 2019 and in 2020. Overall, close to 10 million workers will be affected by these negotiations. During the first six months of 2019, the average pay rise obtained was 3.2% (compared to an average pay rise of 3% in 2018), while inflation during the period was 1.6%. According to the foundation, these figures indicate an upward...
3 October 2019
Belgium: a banking sector agreement that focuses on training and teleworking
On 30 September, Belgium’s banking sector social partners including Febelfin (employers’ federation), and the CGSLB, FGTB, and CSC trade unions bodies signed an agreement that will apply to almost 51,000 working in the banking sector. As with the previous agreement, the joint sector Committee (CP 310) focused on the issues of purchasing power, training and end-of-career. Among its new directions are the right to disconnect and teleworking.
3 October 2019
Germany: persistent East-West pay gap
According to a survey by the Hans Böckler Foundation (trade unions) released two days ahead of Germany’s national unity day, and almost thirty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, employees in the east of the country continue to earn much less than their colleagues in the western Länders. For a given qualifications level, professional experience, profession and gender, the east-west pay gap amounts to 16.9%. The pay differential is even greater for employees having undertaken occupational training or having achieved additional professional training qualifications, while it is less pronounced for university degree holders....
1 October 2019
Greece: trade unions mobilize in protest at ‘Growth Policy draft law’
For the second time in September, private and public sector trade unions have called for strike action, this time to take place on 02 October. The unions are protesting the ‘Growth Policy draft law’, so-called by the new ruling conservative government, and which in particular, includes measures addressing collective conventions as well as the right to strike.
30 September 2019
Ireland : coalition of NGOs and unions join international campaign for a four-day week
On 26 September in Ireland, the creation of a new “coalition of businesses, unions, environmentalists, academics and NGOs” was announced, in line with the international campaign to establish a four-day week, launched in February 2018 in New Zealand and taken up also in the UK. This coalition plans to support employers wanting to establish a four-day working week (see press release). The initiative, dubbed “4DWI” (Four Day Week Ireland), is “the Irish leg of an international campaign to establish a...