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11 January 2018

Collective Bargaining December 2017

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Find below the highlights of the December issue of the Collective Bargaining newsletter with the most important developments at European and member state level over the past month:

1. Europe – European-wide threatened walkouts formulated by Ryanair crews in Germany, Ireland, Britain, Italy, Spain and Portugal in long-running rows over pay and conditions led to the unprecedented step of offering union recognition.

2. Germany – The Thyssenkrupp management has offered workers commitments on job security and investments to get union backing for its deal with Tata Steel to merge their European steel operations.

3. Ireland – The government plans to ban zero-hours contracts in most circumstances and strengthen rights for workers on insecure contracts and those working variable hours.

4. Norway – A study, set up by the Work Research Institute and six trade unions in the frame of their ‘Collective decision-making barometer’ project, has shown the importance of collective decision-making when changes or reorganisations within companies have to be implemented. 

5. Romania - Management and the trade unions at automotive Dacia announced an increase of the gross wages with 20%, starting 1 January 2018.

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