At the same time, the government also reached a preliminary agreement with the PSAC to compensate employees for damages caused by Phoenix`s wage system and the late transposition of 2014 collective agreements. If approved, this compensation agreement will apply to the 140,000 VIP members who will be paid through Phoenix`s compensation system. This article presents some of the main developments and results of research on wages and collective bargaining in the public sector in the EU in the third quarter of 2015. It focuses on a growing trend towards restoring wages in public sector agreements. It is also a question of reading All point out that the public sector is the most affected by the fall in wages. Although collective bargaining has often been maintained in the public sector (unlike the private sector) and wages have been set by law after consultation with trade unions, several cases have been identified since 2009 in which governments have unilaterally considered changes, as indicated in the Eurofound report on labour relations in the core public administration: recent trends and characteristics. To put pressure on employers, ver.di called for large warning strikes, which lasted up to a day and mainly concerned local transport, hospitals and airports. The strikes showed that ver.di could count on broad support from civil servants. A majority of the general public also supported the unions` demand, as it was widely accepted that public sector employees deserved a significant increase in wages after a series of years of real income losses.
After the failure of negotiations in February 2008, public employers called for a common dispute settlement procedure. The outcome of this procedure did not allow an acceptable result to be achieved for ver.di and the union therefore underlined its determination to declare trade union actions. However, the final negotiations of 31 March 2008 finally resulted in an agreement. For more information on collective bargaining in the core public administration, see Frequently Asked Questions – Collective Bargaining in the Core Public Administration and Definitions. On 31 March 27, 2008, the United Services Union (ver.di) agreed with representatives of the federal government and the Association of Local Employers` Associations (CPA) on a set of collective agreements on remuneration and working time for federal and local employees in the public service. . . .