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4 October 2018

Collective Bargaining September 2018

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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. Germany – Trade union IG BCE concluded a collective agreement for the chemical sector. The overall package implies an improvement of working conditions and pay with 4.6%.

2. Greece – The PNO trade unions’ seamen went on strike. After two days of strike the seamen ended the strike in return for a 2% pay increase, their first pay increase in eight years. 

3. Italy – Ilva Group workers approved by a very large majority of 93% the agreement concluded between the Ministry of Economic Development, trade unions and ArcelorMittal. The agreement leads to a planned 4.2 billion Euro of investments for the revival of the steel industry.

4. Netherlands – Trade union FNV will go for a pay rise of 5%, the highest pay demand they have come forward with in 30 years. According to the union, wages are growing too slow in the context of rapid economic growth and labour shortages.

5. UK – Cleaners at Basildon Hospital won a two-year battle to be granted full NHS terms and conditions, including a 3% pay increase. The cleaners were paid minimum wages while some of their colleagues earned more for the same job, only because they were employed directly by NHS.

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