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3 July 2014

Collective Bargaining June 2014

Highlights of the June issue of the Collective Bargaining newsletter with the following most important developments at European and member state level over the past month:

1. Europe - Clean Clothes Campaign reported that in ten eastern EU member states, including Romania, Bulgaria and Croatia, working conditions are sometimes worse than in China and Indonesia, busting myths about the ‘Made in Europe’ label. In all the countries researched an immense gap between the legal minimum wage and the estimated minimum living wage was found.

2. Czech Republic - The health and social care unions are pushing for a pay increase in 2015 of 5%, rejecting the 3.5% promised by the government. Union representatives pointed to the low wages earned by those who care for the elderly or disabled, warning of a worsening of quality.

3. Finland - Trade unions and employers' federations have signed an agreement with the main clients regarding common rules for the future construction work on a nuclear power plant. Objective of the agreement is to settle the policies of cooperation and operating principles in advance, before actual construction work even begins. The purpose is to guarantee that everything runs in accord with applicable legislation and existing collective agreements and practices.

4. Germany - The Labour Action Group (GAS), a platform of Spanish workers in Germany, and trade union Ver.di together published leaflets in Spanish that call for, among other things, the same salary ‘for the same work and the same qualifications’.

5. UK - Food giant Nestlé has become the first leading manufacturer to commit to paying the living wage. The firm already pays at least the living wage to its 8,000 staff but the move will benefit contract employees and agency workers.

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.

Further reading:

  • Full version of the Collective Bargaining newsletter: Issue 6/2014 – June.
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