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5 April 2018

Collective Bargaining March 2018

Find below the highlights of the latest issue of the Collective Bargaining newsletter with the most important developments at European and member state level over the month of March.

1. Czechia – Trade unions and management of the country’s biggest car maker, Škoda Auto, negotiate wages since the start of 2018. After unsuccessful rounds of bargaining and unions threatening with industrial action, Škoda has now proposed an 8.3% hike in wage tariffs from April.

2. Denmark – An ongoing labour dispute could effectively paralyses the country from 1 April 2018 when public service workers go on strike or are locked out, if no agreement has been reached by that time. The unions, representing 180,000 state employees and around 500,000 people employed by the municipalities, demand an 8.2% pay rise over three years but have been offered only 6.7%.

3. Finland – The Service Union United (PAM) and the retail companies of the Finnish Commerce Federation reached an agreement that ends the overtime ban. The new agreement is valid for two years. A similar agreement was reached by PAM for the hospitality and leisure sector.

4. Italy – Employers’ organisation Confindustria and the three trade union confederations CGIL, CISL and UIL agreed on what could become a historic agreement. The deal will lead to new contractual arrangements and industrial relations. 

5. Sweden - The government and the social partners agreed on a new system of ‘entry agreements’ that is based on an earlier deal between the social partners. The tripartite agreement introduces an employment model that aims to help newly arrived immigrants and long-term unemployed to become established in the labour market.

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