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5 July 2018

Collective Bargaining June 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 last month:

1. Austria – Some 80.000 to 100.000 people have demonstrated in Vienna against government plans to raise the permissible weekly hours to 60 hours and the regular working day to 12 hours. Trade unions call for a referendum before the maximum working hours are increased.

2. Belgium – Negotiations at Carrefour have led to an agreement in principle that reduces the total redundancies to 950 jobs, with more local supermarkets staying open. Part of the plan is the use of a much-criticised early retirement scheme for workers beyond the age of 56 years.

3. Netherlands – An agreement was reached between trade union FNV and the temporary employment agency In Person on the equal pay of over 400 parcel sorters. The parcel sorters were temporary agency workers who worked for PostNL, a mail and parcel solutions firm.

4. Portugal – A national strike that was called by the Union of Portuguese Nurses (SEP) had an extremely high participation rate. The union spoke about figures of between 70 percent and 90 percent in various healthcare institutions.

5. Spain – Nine days after the start of an indefinite strike, the workers' assembly of H & M has approved the agreement reached by the unions with the management and decided to call off their strike. The agreement includes significant salary improvements.

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