Estonia - Power plant workers to form strike committee - March 22, 2011

The workers in the two power plants of the national power company Eesti Energia in the Northeastern town of Narva, organised in the Narva Energia Union, have taken further steps as to realize set a 25% pay rise goal, as it seems that management will not give in. In their 18 March meeting, they decided to form a strike committee. The committee will draw up a plan by April 15 for a full-scale strike. The union chairman, Vladimir Aleksejev, argued: “According to our information, even the most highly skilled workers at the plant such as energy unit operators earn less than a janitor in Finland. This is not acceptable. The company is making huge profits and doesn't want to share them with its employees” (See also this Collective Bargaining Newsletter Year 4 February 2011).



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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