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5 March 2018

Collective Bargaining February 2018

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 month of February. This issue celebrates the 10th anniversary of this newsletter, a joint project of the ETUI and the Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Labour Studies (AIAS).

1. France – Room cleaners and other outsourced workers at a Holiday Inn in Clichy ended their 111-day strike by signing an agreement with the hotel's subcontractor Héméra. The agreement puts an end to piece rate payment of housekeepers, eliminates contracts of less than 130 hours monthly and stipulates payment for time changing in and out of work clothes.


2. Germany – Trade union IG Metall, representing 900.000 metal and engineering workers, concluded a collective agreement on work-life balance and with a wage deal that gives workers the equivalent of 3.5% annual raises over 27 months. From 2019 on workers will be able to opt for a 28-hour working week for up to two years.


3. Italy – The unions negotiated a collective agreement for the 560,000 workers in local and regional governments. After a 10-year freeze, they managed to win an 85 euro pay increase per month and other improvements in holiday entitlement and sick leave.


4. Netherlands – The actions against the plan of delivery service Deliveroo to replace all employees on a contract with ‘self-employed’ workers by the bike riders and trade union FNV have proven to be successful. 


5. Slovakia - Employees at a Košice-based plant of the U.S. Steel corporation will benefit from a successful turnover. The success will be reflected in the employees’ variable wage payment, which will be the highest since 2007, as the result of the applicable collective agreement.


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