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31 October 2016

Collective Bargaining developments October 2016

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

1. Europe – Four reports pay attention to the size and impact of the gender pay gap. An IAB-paper estimates size and impact factors of the gender pay gap in Europe. The World Economic Forum quantifies in its Global Gender Gap Report the magnitude of gender disparities and tracks their progress over time. Eurofound reports on women’s labour participation and the consequences of the gender gap. Website Expert Market has mapped gender pay gap data from 40 European nations to show exactly when in the year women effectively start working for free.

2. Ireland – The Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland 18,000 members are due to picket more than 500 second-level schools in a campaign for equal pay for younger teachers.

3. The Netherlands –Trade union FNV has initiated legal action against world soccer organisation FIFA in Swiss courts over its alleged complicity in the mistreatment of migrant workers in Qatar ahead of the 2022 World Cup. The union arguments that the football body should have demanded abolition of the kafala migrant labour system ahead of the tournament.

4. Slovenia – After more than three years of negotiations, a collective bargaining agreement was signed for the agri-food industry, bringing a 0.9% increase in basic gross pay. The trade unions announced fresh negotiations to start in spring 2017, after operating results are in, to tackle issues such as travel and meal allowances.

5. Spain – A Court in Cantabria has determined that the applicable agreement to workers, hired by the agency Acciona Multiservicios SA and working at a Nissan plant in Los Corrales de Buelna, must be the regional agreement for the iron and steel industry and not the own company agreement. 

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