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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...
22 January 2020
Spain: CCOO trade union critical of gender pay gap in fisheries canning sector
‘Pescar derechos’ (fishing for rights) is the slogan the CCOO trade union has adopted to launch a campaign calling for gender pay equality in the fishing-related canning industry. During the campaign launch on the Cantabrian coast that is known for its fishing and canning industries, the CCOO trade union explained it was not just a question of improving working and salary conditions for sector employees, but that it was also an issue of security greater equity in terms of companies’ decisions over...
20 January 2020
Italy: fashion and textile sector trade unions present platform of demands for collective agreement renewal
A 115-euro wage increase, efforts to combat dumping – a practice that remains commonplace at subcontracting companies, the development of second-level collective bargaining, and the strengthening of social protection: these are the main points that the Filctem-Cgil, Femca-Cisl and Uiltec unions are putting on the table for the renewal of their national collective agreement (CCN), which expires on 31 March. The fashion and textile sector is of strategic importance in Italy and the agreement covers around 400,000...
16 January 2020
Germany: ‘Auto Summit’ to prepare support and tools aimed at training and maintaining employment
On 15 January the Federal Chancellery hosted a summit meeting that focused on safeguarding employment in Germany’s auto industry. All the relevant actors in the sector attended the meeting and although no statement was issued when it concluded, the intention had been to be a preparatory session ahead of the implementation of a number of measures including some already being discussed and other totally new ideas, all of which aim to facilitate both the sector’s transition towards electric vehicle production and...
14 January 2020
Germany: IG Metall to prioritise job security in upcoming collective negotiations in metals sector
Roman Zitzelsberger, IG Metall’s chief in Baden-Württemberg, has earmarked job security as one of the trade union’s priorities ahead of collective negotiations set to kick off by 17 March in the metals and electrical engineering sectors. The push comes after a report, published on 13 January by a working group made up of experts as well as representatives of companies and trade unions, warned that at least 410,000 jobs could be lost in Germany by 2030 as part of the transition to electromobility. For...
7 January 2020
Germany: Zonar, the performance evaluation software at Zalando that has sparked a data protection probe
A study conducted by a German university claims that e-commerce platform Zalando has been placing its workers under pressure and/or surveillance using the performance management tool Zonar, a software used for so-called ‘360° feedback’ on employees. Zalando categorically denies the allegations made in the report. Nonetheless, the regional data protection officer in the state of Berlin announced an inquiry into the software, the use of which has been prohibited until further notice. The case raises several...
20 December 2019
Italy: banking sector collective agreement renewed
On 19 December, after a year of negotiations, social partners in Italy’s banking sector agreed a provisional deal to renew the national collective agreement (CCN), which applies to more than 280,000 workers and expired in December 2018. The strong points of the deal include a €190 pay rise, which is close to the trade union demand of a €200 increase, the right to disconnect, improved protection of employees from commercial pressures, the creation of a joint committee on new technology and several measures to...