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14 November 2019

Collective Bargaining newsletter with the most important developments in October 2019

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 October 2019.

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  1. Europe - In September, IndustriAll Europe launched its European campaign ‘Together at Work’ which aims to promote the benefits of collective bargaining for workers, but also for the economy and the entire society. The campaign shows that Europe needs collective bargaining with solid structures, but also with strong trade unions and representative employers’ organisations which negotiate inclusive collective agreements of benefit to all.
  2. Finland - Several important collective agreements in the technology industry are about to expire. Altogether these agreements cover 296,000 employees. In spite of the tight schedule no results are within sight during this current round of collective bargaining. The most difficult question is the fate of the 24 unpaid annual extra working hours, forced on employees by government in 2016.
  3. Germany - The German Trade Union Confederation (DGB, Deutscher Gewerkschaftsbund) was founded 70 years ago. At this occasion, employers’ associations and political parties praised the DGB for its important role in representing the workers' interest in the broader context of the German social market economy which still is the fundamental ideological underpinning of German capitalism.
  4. The Netherlands - New figures published by Statistics Netherlands (CBS, Centraal Bureau voor de Statistiek) reveal that trade union membership is declining rapidly. Ten years ago 1.9 million people were members of a union, but this number has fallen to 1.6 million in 2019. Over the past two years alone, union membership fell by 100,000. The Dutch Trade Union Federation (FNV, Federatie Nederlandse Vakbeweging) suffered the biggest loss.

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