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6 February 2018

Collective Bargaining January 2018

Find below the highlights of the first issue of the Collective Bargaining newsletter for 2018 with the most important developments at European and member state level over the month of January:

1. Finland – Trade union confederation SAK and several other trade unions are mobilising for a protest against a proposed activation programme that sanctions unemployed benefit claimants who fail to perform 18 hours of paid work over a three-month period, or enter job-related training.

2. Germany – The Institute of Economic and Social Research (WSI) at the Hans Böckler Foundation published a report on the compliance with the statutory minimum wage. The authors reveal that around 2.7 million workers received less than the minimum wage in 2016 they were entitled to it.

3. Iceland – Iceland is the first country in the world to make it illegal to pay women less than men. A Bill that makes equal pay for equal work a must in the country came into effect on 1 January 2018.

4. Spain – The trade unions and the PSA's Opel management reached an agreement on working conditions at the former GM-owned Corsa plant at Figueruelas. The automaker employs 5,300 people. A deal was agreed after more than 12 hours of negotiations. 

5. UK - In September 2017, the Bakers, Food and Allied Workers Union launched its ‘McStrike’ campaign at two McDonald’s restaurants in Cambridge and Croydon due to a dispute over pay and conditions. Workers reached a pay rise following the first UK strikes in the company’s history.

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