Estonia - Unions push for public sector wage increases - May 4, 2011

Police and rescue workers will demand a wage increase of at least 8% as of next year, says Kalle Liivamagi, chairman of the public workers’ union association, ROTAL. The increase would restore wages to the level earned before budget cuts in 2009, according to Liivamagi. He added that unions will also demand that all public workers get their wages raised back to the levels of 2008. The state’s budgetary strategy for 2012-2015, approved late April by the government, prescribes zero growth in operating costs of state institutions for the next four years. Finance Minister Jurgen Ligi said that this does not mean that all public sector wages would be frozen; yet, total payroll costs cannot grow much.



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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