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3 December 2015

Collective Bargaining developments November 2015

Find here the following most important developments at European and member state level from the November issue of the Collective Bargaining newsletter:

1. Europe – the European Court of Justice specified its position formulated in the Rüffert-case on the application of minimum wages in public procurement procedures. In its judgment, the Court holds that Directive 2004/18 does not preclude legislation that requires tenderers and their subcontractors to undertake, by means of a written declaration enclosed with their tender, to pay staff called upon to perform the services a predetermined minimum wage.

2. Austria – After a period of intensive negotiations, the trade unions PRO-GE und GPA-djp reached a unified result for the whole sector (with in total 180.000 workers). The minimum wage and basic wages will increase by 1.5% and the new minimum wage will amount 1.750.03 euro, as of 1 November 2015.

3. Croatia – Workers in the public sector will have the right to receive an important increase of their wages as of 1 January 2016, based on an agreement signed in 2009. The government and the trade unions agreed in 2009 on a six percent pay raise as soon as the official data of the Central Bureau of Statistics show the average GDP growth of two or more percent in two consecutive quarters.

4. France - The Court of appeal ruled in a case of displacement of production (from a site in Rungis to plants in the Paris neighbourhood) that workers could not refer to the regional metal sector collective agreement to refuse displacement.

5. Germany – Metalworkers in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia receive a pay rise of 2.3 percent in 2016, based on a new collective agreement. The talks on the pay deal for 75,000 workers lasted 11 hours. The pay deal runs until the end of February 2017 and includes a one-off payment of 200 euro for November and December 2015.

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.

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