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Collective bargaining developments May 2017

CB May 2017

Here are the most important developments at European and member state level from the May issue of the Collective Bargaining newsletter:

1. Belgium – The three trade union confederations ACV/CSC, ABVV/FGTB and ACLVB/CGSLB have formulated a joint proposal to make the early retirement possible for workers in hard, arduous jobs. So far, employers are not willing to discuss the proposal, although the social partners had reached an agreement on a common definition.

2. Germany – One of the long and ongoing disputes at Amazon has led to a court case; the judges at the Kassel court have limited the company’s possibilities to work on Sundays. Trade union Ver.di worked in its campaign successfully together with church organisations as part of the ‘Free Sunday Alliance’.

3. Spain – A broad trade union front from UGT, CC.OO and USO unions released a joint statement warning that baggage handlers and other staff at the Malaga airport are prepared to organise a series of strikes should state airport manager Aena fail to discuss plans of staff cuts and a lack of pay rises with them.

4. Turkey – The government has banned trade union Kristal-İş from taking strike action against multinational glass manufacturer Şişecam. The strike action over wages, would cover 5,700 workers at nine factories. The strike was banned on the grounds that it is ‘prejudicial to national security’. 

5. UK - GMB, the trade union that organises supermarket distribution centre workers, scored a huge victory against Lidl after the low-cost supermarket’s bid to deny its workers union representation failed. On 4 May 2017, the Court of Appeal has thrown out the company’s attempts to overturn a ruling ordering them to allow staff trade union representation.

Further reading:

  • Full version of the Collective Bargaining newsletter: 5/2017 - May
  • Archives database of Collective Bargaining newsletter, searchable by country and date.
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