Find here the following most important developments at European and member state level from the October issue of the Collective Bargaining newsletter:
1. Europe – The Bertelsmann Foundation and the London School of Economics published the results of their SIM Europe Reform Barometer on-line survey. The authors note that a remarkable shift is taking place, which may herald a more Anglo-Saxon orientation of the labour market, away from the collectivism that characterised European labour markets after the Second World War.
2. Denmark – The Economic Council of the Labour Movement (ECLM) has released a report showing that income inequality has been increasing since the mid-1980s and really took off after 2003. According to ECLM, the richest ten percent of Danes saw their incomes rise by 30 percent between 2003 and 2013 while the poorest ten percent saw their actual wages fall over the same period.
3. France – A strike of Paris garbage collectors has ended after an agreement was reached over wages. The refuse collectors went on a four-day strike over low wages. Shortly after, trade unions and the Paris municipality closed a deal including pay raises for certain workers and better promotion opportunities.
4. Germany - An analysis of the WSI-Tarifarchivs of the Hans-Böckler-Foundation reveals that there has been a positive upswing of minimum wages in the collective agreements. On average, these wages have reached a level that is substantially higher than the legal hourly minimum wage of 8.50 Euro. In 11 sectors, the wage level even has increased to 10 Euro or more.
5. Ireland – Following a long Fair Deal for Cleaners Campaign, contract cleaners have reached a pay deal raising their hourly wages to 9.75 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.
Guy Van Gyes and Thorsten Schulten
Philippe Pochet (ETUI) , Vera Glassner (ETUI)