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14 January 2019

Collective Bargaining December 2018

Find below the highlights of the latest issue of the Collective Bargaining newsletter with the most important developments at European and member state level in December 2018:

1. Europe – The OECD published a new job strategy report, the first one in 12 years. According to the report entitled “Good Jobs for All in a Changing World of Work” collective bargaining is the best way to deliver better quality work.

2. Hungary- Thousands of people took to the streets in protest of the so called ‘slave law’ that passed in Parliament. This addition to the Labour Code allows the employers to demand 400 hours of overtime from their workers while payment for this overtime can be delayed by maximum three years.    

3. Ireland- A new law banning zero hour contracts was passed in Parliament. Under the new law zero hour contracts will be forbidden except in situations of genuine casual employment and where zero hour contracts are essential to allow employers to provide cover in emergency situations.

4. Switzerland - Unions' and employers' organisations finally reached a deal over a new collective agreement for construction workers. In the new agreement the pension age of 60 years is secured and construction workers will get a wage increase of 80 francs per month in both 2019 and 2020.

5. Austria - Collective bargaining negotiations for the more than 110.000 workers and the approximately 17.000 metalworking apprentices ended with a successful agreement that will be valid for twelve months. Workers in the industry received a 3.3% wage increase and the apprentice compensation went up with 7.2%.

Further reading:

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