Here are the most important developments at European and member state level from the last issue of the Collective Bargaining newsletter for 2015:
1. Europe – The European Social Dialogue Committee for Central Government Administrations concluded an agreement on information and consultation rights of civil servants and employees of central government administrations. It sets out common minimum standards for the rights of workers and the trade union representatives to be informed and consulted. Workers will be better placed to deal with their employers when these seek changes in the work place.
2. Czech Republic – The government signed an historic collective agreement for state employees with the trade unions. The agreement concerns more than 69,000 state employees, including employees of the financial authorities, Social Security Administration, labour offices and other central government bodies.
3. Estonia – The listed shipper AS Tallink Grupp and its subsidiaries OU Hansaliin and OU Laevateenindus signed a collective agreement and pay deal with the Estonian Seamen's Independent Union (EMSA) for 2016 that will increase the payroll of ship crew members by 5.3% in 2016.
4. Germany – Deutsche Lufthansa AG reached an agreement with trade union Verdi on the wages and pensions of around 33,000 ground crew and personnel. The wages at Lufthansa-Systems, Lufthansa-Service GmbH, Lufthansa Technik and Lufthansa Cargo will increase by 2.2% on 1 January 2016, combined with a one-off payment of 2,250 euro for all full-time employees.
5. Spain – The trade union confederations UGT and CC.OO have rejected the offer of the outgoing government to raise the minimum wage barely 1% in 2016 to 655.08 euro (currently 648.60 euro). This raise is much lower than the claims of both confederations, which asked an increase of 11% in 2016 (up to 720 euro) and a similar increase in 2017 (up to 800 euro).
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.