Report of the EPSU Collective Bargaining Conference 9-10 December 2008
(5 February 2009) The conference was introduced by EPSU President Anne-Marie Perret who said that over 150 participants from 25 countries had booked for the conference making it the best attended of the seven collective bargaining conferences organised since 2002.
In her introductory remarks Anne-Marie referred to the fact that many EPSU affiliates continue to face major challenges in achieving their collective bargaining aims and objectives and over the last 12 months tens of thousands of public service workers have had to back up their demands with various forms of industrial action – with examples from EPSU sectors in Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, and the UK – and currently in Hungary. In several cases, affiliates have been facing long-term problems with the employers – for example, the failure of the French government to agree to a proper process of collective bargaining; a similar situation in Portugal; the continuing pressure from employers in Germany to increase working hours; the attempts by civil service unions in the UK to establish a national pay framework across the fragmented bargaining structure in central government and the struggle by unions in Italy to get the government to properly fund and implement collective agreements on time and not two years or more after earlier agreements have expired.
Our annual report on collective bargaining will try to bring people up-to-date with these developments that will be discussed in more detail during the conference.
- Cross-sectoral social dialogue
- General collective bargaining trends
- Collective bargaining in the public services
- Sectoral social dialogue – hospitals, local and regional government, electricity, gas and national administration
- Implications of European Court of Justice cases – Viking, Laval, Rüffert and Luxembourg
- Equal pay
- Workshops – migrant workers, demographic change, transnational collective agreements, violence at work
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Presentation ELECTRICITY and GAS SOCIAL DIALOGUES
Presentation Collective bargaining in Europe anno 2008, Ronald Janssen
Presentation by W. Warneck: The cases of Laval, Viking, Rüffert, COM/Lux and their consequences for collective bargaining
Presentation Hospital Sector Social Dialogue- Main themes 2008
Presentation LRG main activities 2008
Presentation NEA main activities social dialogue 2008