Czech Republic -Collective agreement for Moravia miners -November 14, 2013

After lengthy and rocky negotiations, Moravian mining company OKD and trade unions have reach a collective agreement that will be valid from 2014 to 2018. Days before the deal, employees of OKD voted in favour of strike action. At the heart of the dispute was a disagreement over the miners’ pay. OKD argued that due to the company’s difficult position, it wished to cut costs. In exchange for a 4% wage increase, the company wanted to terminate 13th and 14th month bonuses, as well as implement a plan for coal extraction and work safety. Unions have reacted outraged, claiming workers’ salaries will decrease by 6% under OKD’s proposal. The new collective agreement reduces the level of bonuses but guarantees their continued existence as well as current wages.

English: http://praguemonitor.com/2013/11/12/okd-miners-go-strike ...  

 

For more information, please contact the editor Jan Cremers, Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Labour Studies (AIAS) cbn-aias@uva.nl or the communications officer at the ETUI, Mariya Nikolova mnikolova@etui.org. For previous issues of the Collective bargaining newsletter please visit http://www.etui.org/E-Newsletters/Collective-bargaining-newsletter. You may find further information on the ETUI at www.etui.org, and on the AIAS at www.uva-aias.net.


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