Sweden -Postal strike averted last minute as flat rate wage increase is accepted -September 18, 2013

A strike at Sweden Post and the Swedish branch of Norway Post was averted hours before its start when an agreement was reached on pay increases. The pay dispute focused not so much on the total pay increase, but on its distribution among the employees. While employers proposed a percentage increase, unions demanded a flat rate increase. Where the former would grant a greater increase to more highly paid employees, the flat rate targets a greater share of the pay rise to the lowest paid workers. Just hours before the announced strike, employers and unions reached an agreement on a flat rate increase of SEK 1,700 (€197) for 16,000 staff. This means a minimum 6.8% increase across the board, while the lowest paid employees earn an increase of up to 10%. The deal will run from 1 June 2013 to 31 July 2016.

English: http://postandparcel.info/58015/news/human-resources/swedish-postal-strike ...

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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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