Estonia -Concessions after protests against parliamentary amendment collective bargaining act -March 15, 2012

In reaction to an amendment to the collective bargaining act, adopted by one of the parliamentary committees without consultation of the social partners, several unions have organised actions. Unions argue that the amendment, which allows employers to unilaterally pull out of collective agreements half a year after their expiration, fundamentally infringes on workers’ rights and will weaken employees in wage re-negotiations. Amongst others the mining and transport unions, supported by the Nordic transport workers union, organised the largest actions in decades. The unions also expressed support for the teachers’ strike.

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