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5 March 2020

Collective Bargaining newsletter February 2020

Please find below the highlights of the February issue of the Collective Bargaining newsletter with the most important developments at European and member state level over the past month.

  1. European Union: The European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) released data indicating that in the European Union at least 3.3 million fewer workers than at the beginning of the century are now covered by a collective bargaining agreement.
  2. Denmark: After final negotiations, the Confederation of Danish Industry (DI) and the Central Organisation of Industrial Employees in Denmark (CO-industri) announced that they had reached an agreement on a three-year renewal of the collective agreements for industry. The new agreement includes amendments to the rules on parental leave. The period of leave with full pay is extended from a total of 13 weeks to 16 weeks. The Industrial Agreement and the Collective Agreement for Salaried Employees in Industry cover more than 6,000 businesses and 230,000 employees.
  3. Germany: The Institute of Economic and Social Research (WSI) at the Hans Böckler Foundation has published its summary of collective bargaining for 2019. In addition to substantial salary increases, agreements in 2019 were marked by the prevalence of an options-based model for working time. The WSI is forecasting a more ‘contradictory’ trend in collective bargaining in 2020, amid the workforce shortage as well as the structural crisis in the automobile sector.
  4. Iceland: The Icelandic Confederation of Labour ASÍ and the Federation of State and Municipal Employees BSRB have agreed to set up a new institute for labour market research. The Varða institute will encourage independent research projects, which might have considerable influence on workers’ wage and employment conditions.
  5. United Kingdom: Average real wages, which take account of the impact of inflation, have risen for the first above their pre-financial crisis level. An increase of 1.8% took pay excluding bonuses to £474 (€ 551) in the year to December, just £1 above the peak of £473 (€ 550) in March 2008, the Office of National Statistics said.
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