Find below the highlights of the October issue of the Collective Bargaining newsletter with the most important developments at European and member state level over the past month:
1. Belgium - The trade union confederations announced a joint national demonstration on 6 November, followed by regional strikes and a general strike, to protest against proposals that will endanger the annual indexation of wages and the increase of the retirement age to 67 year.
2. Iceland – an in-depth analysis of the Icelandic labour market in the frame of the NordMod 2030 project reveals that the main characteristics of the labour market are a high level of union density, high labour force participation rate, long work hours, as well as late retirement.
3. Ireland - Around 2,000 hospital support workers belonging to the trade union SIPTU have voted by 95% to go on strike if the Health Service Executive reduces their premium payments by replacing weekend staff with interns.
4. Spain - Caritas published a massive 700-page report on poverty and social exclusion prepared by some 90 experts and academics. The number of people living in poverty has risen by 4.4 million since the country was battered by an economic crisis to reach 11.7 million, or one in four.
5. UK - Research by the Resolution Foundation think-tank reveals that more than 5 million workers are in low-paid work, with the proportion of people on low salaries rising from 21 to 22% in 2013. They have little if anything left to spend after their basic needs have been met.
The monthly Collective Bargaining newsletter is compiled by a research team from the Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Labour Studies (AIAS) in cooperation with the ETUI.
The Newsletter presents up-to-date and easily accessible first-hand information on collective bargaining developments across Europe to practitioners, policy-makers and researchers. The alerts include links to the original stories.