France - Strike leads to improved wage settlement at SmurfitKappa - February 28, 2011

Major strike activity put effective pressure on European paper and packaging giant SmurfitKappa to move up on a 2011 wage offer for 2,500 corrugated packaging workers. On 23 February, the CGT-FILPAC union succesfully staged a one-day strike in 18 SmurfitKappa plants all over France. The agreement subsequently reached by the end of February calls for a 2.35% wage increase spread across 2011. SmurfitKappa had offered only 1.4% prior to the strike, with half of that – 0.7% -- first due on 1 April. CGT-FILPAC won a one percent on 1 March, with the remainder due sooner this year than the company’s now discarded proposal dates. The union also won an added increase for lower-salaried workers, effective 1 October 2011, and posted an increase in holiday pay as well.

English: http://www.icem.org/en/78-ICEM-InBrief/4270-24-Hour-Paper-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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