The ability to negotiate your pay and conditions as a group is enshrined in the European Charter of Fundamental Rights and is the basis of trade unions. This right is known as collective bargaining.

Every day, workers in the public and private sector engage in collective bargaining; it can span from negotiating wages to maternity leave.  The principle for workers is that changes to your pay and conditions should be by agreement.

But for many community workers this right is currently denied. This is because government departments, not local employers make many of the big decisions when it comes to pay and conditions. However these decisions are made without any negotiation or consultation with workers or their union.

To protect our jobs, projects and communities Government department and funders mush live up to their responsibility and enter into collective bargaining so that workers have a fair say over their working lives.
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