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2 September 2014

Collective Bargaining July - August 2014

Highlights of this double issue of the Collective Bargaining newsletter with the following most important developments at European and member state level over the summer:

1. Europe - Union leaders from Britain, France and Germany held talks in Berlin with colleagues from Poland, the Czech Republic and the United States to discuss the rise of Amazon in Europe and how to engage with the online retailer on job security, warehouse working conditions and low pay.

2. Czech Republic - A deal had been reached that the wages of all state employees will increase by at least 3.5% from January 2015. The Czech-Moravian Confederation of Trade Unions (ČMKOS) threatened earlier to call a strike if state employees would not get a pay rise.

3. Germany - The parliament has passed an act that strengthens the autonomy of the social partners in collective bargaining. The act (called Tarifautonomiestärkungsgesetz) introduces a statutory minimum hourly wage of €8.5 in 2015.

4. Ireland - Railway workers have rejected an amended Labour Court Recommendation on a cost cutting plan for the railway company. The decision of the company to impose pay-cuts to the workforce has led to a bitter dispute.

5. Portugal - The Constitutional Court struck down a government measure that would impose a levy on better-off pensioners, and rejected part of another piece of legislation that would impose pay cuts on public sector employees on more than €1,500 a month in the years to come.

The monthly Collective Bargaining newsletter is compiled by a research team from the Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Labour Studies (AIAS) in cooperation with the ETUI.

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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