Sector agreements for bank workers in Romania show the way forward through collective bargaining

Sector agreements for bank workers in Romania show the way forward through collective bargaining

Bank workers in Romania and their union FSAB have achieved major pay, income security and remote work improvements. Two new agreements raise minimum standards for over 25,000 people who work in the banking sector.

The minimum wage has been increased by 24%. Experience and loyalty have been given increased recognition, with salary increases set for every 5 years of consecutive employment in a given company. Amongst the other highlights, the period of notification and the compensation in cases of redundancies were also increased.

These are some of the key improvements sealed on Friday 8 April 2022, when FSAB signed two agreements with employers’ organisations: one on pay and conditions and a second specifically on remote work. These agreements build on the first multi-employer agreement of its kind in the country, since the dismantling of sector collective bargaining legislation.

“By working with multiple employers together, we are building strong relations and lifting standards for people across the sector. With the experience of our first agreement in 2018, we laid the foundations of trust. We showed what is possible and we delivered a win-win for workers and employers. Now we are cementing very positive labour relations that deliver fairness while also helping to anticipate and resolve issues effectively,” said Constantin Paraschiv, President of FSAB.

Remote work

The remote work agreement also delivers major improvements for workers. It contains the possibility of covering equipment costs and paying utilities, depending on certain situations for working from home. It also sets limits to the surveillance of workers while working remotely and establishes a right to disconnect for workers.

This agreement in Romania was based on the Joint Declaration on Remote Work and New Technologies that UNI Europa’s Finance sector negotiated together with employer organisations in the European banking sector.

“This is a fantastic example of how unions can build on the work at European level and use it to strengthen social dialogue and improve conditions for workers at national level. The agreements achieved by UNI Europa are a resource. Once they are concluded, we can pick up the baton and begin the work of making these a reality through collective bargaining at national level,” said Maureen Hick, UNI Europa Finance Director.

 

 

Meetings & Events

2022

06

Oct

ICTS Steering Committee

ICT & Related Services

Timetable TBC

06

Oct

Sectoral Social Dialogue Committee Temporary Agency Plenary Meeting

Agency Workers

Venue and Timing: TBC

10

Oct

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11

Oct

ICTS Workshop -EU project VS 2021 0041

ICT & Related Services

Cross sectoral EU project “Eliminating violence and harassment in the world of work”

The first session on 10 October 2022 (from 13h30 – 17H30 CET) will be a workshop providing general information on the topic of violence and harassment at work and the different tools that social partners have to prevent this.
The second session on 11 October 2022 (from 10h00 – 13h00 CET) will focus on the sector-specific issues and best practices in this context.
The objective of this meeting is to provide sectoral input for the UNI Europa Equal Opportunities project and for the declaration on violence to be drafted by the Telecom Social Dialogue Committee.