Germany - Collective agreements for temporary agency work adapted

The collective bargaining partners of temporary agency work agreed on the adjustment of the collective pay agreements for the sector. This involved the adjustment of the lowest three wage groups with wage increases between 16 and 24.1%. This had become necessary after the parliament decided to increase the statutory minimum wage to 12 euros, which will take effect on 1 October this year. The agreement furthermore includes an increase in the bonus for trade union members: Those who have belonged to a trade union for at least six months will receive €150 more in holiday and Christmas bonuses from November 2023.

Italy - New three-year agreement in public health

Trade unions Fp-Cgil, Cisl-Fpl and Uil-Fpl have concluded a new collective agreement covering nearly 550,000 workers in public health care. The result which delivers higher pay and other improvements, including a new job classification system, setting out the responsibilities and competences of occupations across the sector. Pay rises vary depending on the nature of the occupation but on average, nursing staff will see salaries rise by around €167 a month, with technical staff getting on average an increase of €137. There are also improvements to bargaining rights, remote and agile working and leave provisions.

Latvia - Union supports demands for teachers

Free Trade Union Confederation (LBAS) stands in support of the picket organised by the Trade Union of Education and Science Employees (LIZDA) and fully joins the organisation’s demands. The trade union sent a letter to the Government. For a long time, it has not been able to reach an agreement with the Ministry of Education regarding efforts to balance teachers’ wages and workload.

Norway - New collective agreement for health sector

Trade unions in the health sector have negotiated a new agreement with the Spekter employers’ organisation. The new minimum annual salary in the main pay structure is NOK 350,000 (€33,320), an increase of NOK 12,000 (€1,140). A separate agreement was negotiated by the NSF nurses’ union, with nurses seeing an average wage increase of around NOK 25,000 (€2,380).

The Netherlands - Agreements in primary and secondary education

Employers’ organisation PO Council and the trade unions AOb/FNV, CNV Connectief, FvOv and AVS have agreed on a new collective agreement for primary education. A wage increase of 4.75% as of 1 July 2022 has been agreed upon. Moreover, teachers will receive a one-off payment of €500 in July. In addition, agreements have been made about paid parental leave. The collective agreement runs from 1 June 2022 to April 30, 2023. One week earlier an agreement was also reached for secondary education. This agreement also includes a pay rise of 4.75% and a one-off payment of €500.