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14 October 2019
Ireland : Financial Services Union calls for legislation on the right to disconnect
The Financial Services Union called on 10 October – on World Mental Health Day – for a law that would grant workers the right to disconnect. The union for workers in the financial services sector, says such a law should specify that “workers should not be obliged to answer calls or reply to emails, or engage in any work-related activity outside of paid working hours”. The call from the FSU comes after talks in September between the union and Ireland’s Minister for Business, Enterprise, and Innovation,...
11 October 2019
Italy : collective agreement in power sector renewed with several innovations
Social partners in Italy’s electric power sector signed a draft deal to renew their collective agreement on 9 October. The agreement applies to some 50,000 workers, including employees of Enel, the energy company that is partly owned by the Italian state, as well as Terna, the transmission system operator in Italy. The new collective agreement, which includes an overall pay rise of 124 euros, seeks to support the sector through the energy transition phase. Other new features include the extension of the...
11 October 2019
Germany : agreement at Postbank allows workers to choose between more free time and more money
The trade union Verdi and the negotiators for German retail bank Postbank announced, on the morning of Thursday 10 October, that they have reached a compromise on the renewal of the company collective agreement. The 12,000 employees of the bank, a subsidiary of Deutsche Bank since 2010, will receive a 4.75% increase in two instalments: a 3% rise in November 2019 and a further increase of 1.75%, or at least 110 euros, in January 2021. The agreement is valid until December 2021, covering 29 months overall. Verdi has...
10 October 2019
Germany: faced with industry sector upheaval, the IG Metall body seeks to strengthen co-management as well as the collective agreement system
During the IG Metall national congress held in Nuremberg between 06 and 12 October, Jörg Hofmann, the head of Germany’s biggest 2.3 million member strong trade union, was voted in for a second four-year term, but surprisingly, and in contrast with his 91.3% majority in the 2015 vote, Mr. Hofmann only garnered 71% of the vote, making this the second lowest majority in the whole of the...
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...