Here are the most important developments at European and member state level from the second issue of the Collective Bargaining newsletter for 2016:
1. Austria – Trade union GPA-dpj yielded for its members 88.7 million euro in 2015 through the use of the union’s legal assistance activities. The most substantial part of this amount (more than 72 million euro) came from returns that can be attributed to the concluded social plans.
2. Czech Republic – The public sector unions (including the education and cultural sectors) will demand an increase in public sector wages of more than 10% in 2017 to reflect strong economic growth. The economy grew by more than 4.5% in 2014, the labour market tightened and the public sector deficit dropped.
3. Finland – Trade union and employer group representatives have again sat down at the table to try and negotiate an accord. The groups are full of hope that a social contract can be concluded.
4. Hungary – Teachers Trade Union (PSZ) and a strike committee have formulated 25 demands, ranging from improvement of the education system, restoration of the National Education and Public Education Policy councils to improved working hours, wages and working conditions.
5. Spain –The 'Airbus 8' workers and trade union members of CCOO and UGT were charged and persecuted up to a surrealistic eight years and three months in prison for participating in strike actions on 29th September 2010. Getafe's criminal court now recognised the lack of evidence; none of the ‘Airbus 8’ will be sentenced for the action.
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