France - Agreement in ports on early retirement - February 18, 2011

On 18 February, after four days of negotiations the CGT-affiliated union Syndicat General des Ouvriers Dockers du Havre reached an agreement with port employers on early retirement. Subsequently, the dockworkers called off their six-week campaign of rolling strikes. The union appears to have accepted two yers of early retirement against the initial demand of four years, but got recognition of the arduous nature of dock work that entitles up to 6,000 port workers to take early retirement. The CGT said the agreement included additional measures to address the issue of arduous work but did not reveal details yet (See also this Collective Bargaining Newsletter Year 3 October 2010 and Year 4 January 2011).

English: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-02-10/french-port-workers ...
http://www.joc.com/maritime/french-ports-cut-pension-deal-avert-strike

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) M.vanKlaveren@uva.nl. You may find further information on the ETUI at www.etui.org, and on the AIAS at www.uva-aias.net. © ETUI aisbl, Brussels 2011.


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