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8 October 2015

Collective Bargaining developments September 2015

Find here the following most important developments at European and member state level from the September issue of the Collective Bargaining newsletter:

1. Europe – A large section of the ‘Action Programme 2015-2019’, adopted at the ETUC congress is dedicated to the promotion and coordination of collective bargaining, including a call for stronger collective bargaining systems and binding agreements at national level covering workers in both public and private sectors, including workers in SMEs, in order to promote quality employment, equality, decent wages, pay increases and social progress.

2. Finland – The three trade union confederations Akava, SAK and STTK brought some 300,000 people out in protest against the government measures. The government is planning to introduce legislation which would set an upper limit on extra pay for Sunday and overtime work. This level is lower than the one agreed on in current collective agreements.

3. France –The national rail operator SNCF was found guilty of systematically discriminating against some 800 Moroccan railway workers, and ordered to pay out massive damages of around €150 million. The workers were hired as private contract workers in the 1970s and denied the status of ‘railway worker’ which comes with several benefits and better working conditions.

4. Ireland - The Public Services Committee (PSC) of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU) has approved the much discussed Lansdowne Road Agreement by an aggregate ballot after individual unions balloted their membership over the summer. The Agreement restores around €2,000 to the pay of most public servants in three phases between January 2016 and September 2017.

5. Luxembourg - Forecasts expect inflation will pick up towards the end of 2015, leading to everyone probably receiving a 2.5 percent index-linked salary increase in early 2016. The salary index applies after prices rise by 2.5 percent and the last across-the-board rise was in October 2013.

The Newsletter presents up-to-date and easily accessible first-hand information on collective bargaining developments across Europe to practitioners, policy-makers and researchers. The alerts include links to the original stories.

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