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12 September 2017

Collective bargaining developments July/August 2017

Here are the most important developments at European and member state level from the summer issue of the Collective Bargaining newsletter:

1. Europe – A Eurofound report discusses developments in collectively agreed wages in the EU in 2016, putting them into the perspective of developments over the past 15 years.

2. Cyprus – Trade unions and employers signed an agreement that leads to the return of the cost of living allowance after being frozen for 5 years as part of austerity measures introduced as the country sought a bailout. It will be reintroduced on 1 January 2018 for a three-year transition period pending a permanent arrangement.

3. Czech Republic – Trade union activities at a SKF site in Chodov led to a first collective agreement. The process started two years ago when, through combined efforts of SKF factory workers, members of trade union OZ KOVO, with the assistance of the SKF World Union Committee, a union organisation was set up at the SKF site.

4. Germany – The federal constitutional court ruled that a law concerning collective wage agreements is compatible with the constitution. The legislation mandates that where there are competing collective wage agreements within one firm, the agreement between the union with the largest membership applies. 

5. Serbia - Workers at a Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' (FCA) plant - FCA Srbija - succeeded in gaining a 9.5% pay increase and keeping their annual bonus, among other gains, in a deal signed between Fiat and the trade unions.

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