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11 April 2019

Collective Bargaining March 2019

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 March 2019:

1. European sources – The new WSI Minimum Wage Report provides an overview of current developments in minimum wages both in Europe and elsewhere. The report shows that minimum wages in most EU countries were increased at the start of 2019, with a median increase of 4.8 % compared with the previous year, continuing the recent trends towards faster minimum wage growth. 

2. Croatia - Workers at shipbuilder Uljanik organised their third strike since last summer. Just like the two previous strike actions, the workers are again striking in demand of unpaid wages. According to the workers they have worked for 6 to 7 months without receiving wages.

3. France - A new study was published that measures the employers' coverage per sector and the impact of the representativeness of the branches on the companies in the sector. The study shows that in sectors where employment is highly concentrated around a few large companies, employee coverage rates are generally higher. Furthermore it appears that conventional wages are slightly higher in the branches where the employers coverage is high.

4. Germany - Fruitful collective bargaining negotiations between public authorities and public service trade unions have led to salary increase of 8% for public workers. Salaries will increase by 8 % in three steps, including a social benefit component of 240 euro over the 33-month contract period.

5. Hungary - A 10 day strike at a Hankook tire plant in the country ended when a pay deal was reached with the VDSZ, the trade union representing chemical workers.  The overall gains negotiated for workers combine different improvements that add up to an average of 18.5% increase. The 10 day strike was the longest strike in the 116-year history of the VDSz.  

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