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25 October 2019

Collective Bargaining newsletter September 2019

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Please 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 September 2019.

  1. Austria - Employers and employees have agreed on a collective agreement for ‘Fahrradboten’ (bicycle couriers) and food suppliers. According to the employer and employee representatives, this is the first collective agreement for bicycle couriers and food suppliers worldwide.
  2. France - Employees at RATP, the company that runs the metro and bus lines as well as suburban RER trains, launched the biggest French strike for more than a decade: between 60 and 98% of the workforce took action, according to trade unions. RATP workers were striking against the pensions system reform, which has proved as divisive as it is wide ranging.
  3. Germany - For the first time pilots have reached an agreement with Ryanair. Since 2017 the company has been facing strikes and labour unrest. Under the agreement, pilots will be paid more and will benefit from better protection in case of layoffs. The parties also agreed on future talks which would include the possible creation of a works council.
  4. Greece - Greek workers and trade unions went on a massive strike denouncing anti-worker programs and policies incorporated in a new development bill that has been proposed by the conservative New Democracy (ND) government. The call for the strike was given by the communist trade union, the All Workers Militant Front (PAME).
  5. Romania - The average net wage rose by 15.2% (to € 660) in July compared to the same month last year according to data from the National Statistics Institute (INS). The net wage thus posted an annual growth rate close to 15% for the fourth month in a row.

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