Estonia - Power plant workers prepare for strike - February 14, 2011

On behalf of the workers in the two power plants of the national power company Eesti Energia in the Northeastern town of Narva, the Narva Energia Union has set a 25% pay rise goal and says it will go on strike if the demand is not met by 1 April. According to the union, wages have not increased since 2008. The indignation of the union was triggered by a claim of Eesti Energia's chief of finances that despite good business results the company had no intention of raising wages. Thus far the other union, representing the workers of the neighboring Balti Power Plant, has withheld its support to the 25% demand.

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This article was published in the Collective Bargaining Newsletter. It aims to facilitate information exchange between trade unions and to support the work of ETUC's collective bargaining committee. For more information, please contact the editor Maarten van Klaveren, Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Labour Studies (AIAS) You may find further information on the ETUI at, and on the AIAS at © ETUI aisbl, Brussels 2011.

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