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4 February 2020
Germany: collective negotiations in the metallurgy sector to commence ahead of schedule
On 04 February, the IG Metall trade union gave the green light for sector negotiations to commence, even though the current agreement runs until 31 March 2020. Thus 20 February is the date set for consultations to commence between the regional social partners. The announcement comes after the metallurgy sector’s major regional employers’ federations welcomed proposals by the trade union to quickly negotiate a set of measures that should help companies deal with potentially perilous structural disruption....
4 February 2020
Chile: agreement between H&M management and employees that lowers working hours down to 40 per week
On 24 January, after several weeks of low-key talks, H&M Chile group (Hennes & Mauritz AB) announced the conclusion of an agreement with the H&M Chile Workers Union that includes a reduction in working hours from 45 down to 40 per week, without any reduction in salary. Information over the measure, which will come into effect on 01 April 2020, was released by several of Chile’s media, while draft legislation, which the Chambers of Deputies approved in November 2019, and which is currently under...
4 February 2020
Turkey: wage agreement for 130,000 workers in metal industry (update following endorsement by the Birleşik Metal-İş trade union)
On 29 January, after a period of tough negotiations punctuated by strikes, the Turkish Employers’ Association of Metal Industries (MESS) reached an agreement on wages with the Turk Metal and Özçelik-İş trade unions. The MESS indicated that on 02 February the Birleşik Metal-İş union, which initially refused to sign had subsequently endorsed the agreement, rendering a unanimous conclusion and a most welcome return to social peace and stability. The agreement, which is valid for two years and will apply to...
29 January 2020
Belgium: national demonstration to protect the country’s social security
The FGTB union along with its Flemish equivalent the ABVV called for a demonstration on 28 January in support of balanced funding for country’s social security system and in Brussels, between and 10 and 20 thousand turned out in support of the call. Demonstrators are worried that measures undertaken by previous federal governments, including notably corporate exemptions for social contributions, and ‘flexijobs’, may leave the social security system with a €6.3 billion deficit in 2024, due to a lack of...
27 January 2020
Germany: IG Metall changes negotiation strategy to better address structural challenges faced by manufacturing sector
With structural upheaval already underway, particularly in the automotive industry, the German metals sector union IG Metall said on 24 January that it is prepared not to set any numerical salary demands ahead of upcoming collective negotiations in the metals and electrical engineering sectors, due to kick off in mid-March. Instead the union intends to negotiate with employers, to agree as quickly as possible measures that will maintain jobs and retrain thousands of workers. To this end, the union has proposed...
27 January 2020
Spain: collective agreement signed at Endesa after intervention of arbitrator on preferential energy rates for former employees, but union discord persists
On 23 January the management at Spanish utility company Endesa and the UGT, the majority union at the company, signed the company’s new collective agreement. The agreement, which should in principle put an end to more than two years of conflict (see article n°11455), was made possible after the intervention of an arbitrator who proposed a solution regarding the preferential...
23 January 2020
Spain: government and social partners secure agreement on a 5.5% increase in the minimum salary
On 22 January the government, employers, and trade unions secured an agreement that will raise the monthly minimum inter-professional salary (SMI). The monthly salary floor will rise from €900 to €90 (gross and over 14 month). The agreement, which should be taken up into a decree-law, stands as the first major announcement from the new government of Pedro Sanchez. In fact the Socialist Party and Podemos Party coalition government has set the goal of reaching an SMI equivalent to 60% of Spain’s average salary...
23 January 2020
Italy : salaries and bonuses are the main theme in company agreements
The second report (here) on second level collective negotiations undertaken by the Cgil trade union together with the Fondazione Di Vittorio, which studied 1,887 agreements signed between 2017 and 2019 (in companies and at local level) has found that the main theme continues to be economic (salaries and bonuses, with 53.4% of the agreements), industrial relations (50%), and followed in third place by working time (1/3 of agreements).  Out of the 924 company agreements studied, the bulk (1/3) focuses on...