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7 May 2018

Collective Bargaining April 2018

Find below the highlights of the latest issue of the Collective Bargaining newsletter with the most important developments at European and member state level over the month of April.

1. Germany – After a series of strikes, trade union Ver.di came to a deal which resulted in a cumulative 7.5 % increase in wages of public service workers over a period of 30 months and includes top-ups and extra payments designed to make the public sector a more attractive employer.

2. Norway – The country’s employers’ organization NHO and two of the largest trade union confederations, LO and YS, made a deal preventing what would have been the first massive nationwide strike in 18 years. The workers preserved the right to retire early at an age of 62 and there will be a 2.8% pay increase.

3. Portugal – Cabin crew at Ryanair held a three-day strike after negotiations between trade union SNPVAC and Ryanair management on working conditions, pay and paternity leave failed. Some operating flights were allegedly operated by cabin crew from other countries in an attempt by Ryanair to break the strikes.

4. Slovakia – Negotiations between Kia automotive and trade union Kovo that started in November 2017 resulted in an agreement. The agreement covers 2018 and 2019, over which period the employees will see their monthly salaries increased with around 220 euro.

5. Spain - Amazon decided not to renew the contract of over 100 temporary workers at a logistics centre who participated in a walk-out in March. Trade unions have condemned the dismissal of the workers and accused the company of victimizing workers striking for better working conditions.

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