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3 October 2017

Collective bargaining developments September 2017

Here are the most important developments at European and member state level from the September 2017 issue of the Collective Bargaining newsletter:

1. Czech Republic – The trade unions at the country’s largest exporter, carmaker Škoda Auto, say they will push for double-digit pay rises in collective bargaining with the management.

2. Germany – The signing of a memorandum of understanding between Tata Steel and the ThyssenKrupp AG led to reactions in several involved countries. Thyssenkrupp will set up a joint working group of board members and workers representatives to help implement the merger plan.

3. Ireland – A majority of the public-sector unions, accounting for 80% by membership, supports the new agreement on pay and conditions. The three-year deal includes six pay increases (two targeted at the lower paid only) and will mean that the majority of public sector workers (73%) will see an overall increase of 7% by the end of the agreement.

4. Slovakia – The government presented a social package that introduces an increase in the statutory minimum wage, introduction of the 13th and 14th salaries and supplementary payments for night, weekend and holiday work. Consultation on the content with the social partners will follow. 

5. Spain - As a result of collective bargaining between the unions and the employers in hospitality, wages in the Balearic hospitality sector will increase by 17% between 2018 and 2021. The deal affects 137,000 people employed in this key sector of the regional economy, but has an impact far beyond.

6. Sweden – After nearly ten years, the construction union (Byggnads) and the employers in construction reached an agreement on the minimum pay for posted construction workers, in reaction to the 2007 Laval judgement.

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