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3 June 2014

Collective Bargaining May 2014

Highlights of the May issue of the Collective Bargaining newsletter with the following most important developments at European and member state level over the past month:

  1. Denmark - The government and the social partners signed a tripartite agreement that aims to promote the vocational training and retraining of the workforce. A fund will be created that will upgrade the adult education and continuing education for both skilled and unskilled workers in an effort to strengthen the productivity and, in turn, create workplaces.
  2. Germany - Collective bargaining partners in construction agreed on a compromise two-year pay deal that further reduces the pay gap between East and West Germany. From 1 June 2014 on the wages will increase with 3.1% in West Germany and 3.8% in East Germany, followed from 1 June 2015 with another 2.6% in West and 3.3% in East Germany.
  3. Iceland - Following the collapse of negotiations between the Icelandair and the Union of Icelandic Pilots the parliament passed a legislative bill on banning a strike. According to the bill, the negotiators have until June 1 to reach an agreement or the matter will be placed before an industrial disputes tribunal.
  4. Ireland - The government has drafted proposals that aim to deliver on the commitment in the coalition programme to legislate on employees’ right to engage in collective bargaining. Workers will get new protection from employers in disputes over pay cuts, pensions and other conditions.
  5. Netherlands - The trade unions (FNV Bondgenoten and CNV Vakmensen) concluded with the Employers’ organisation Cleaning and Office services (OSB) a 3-year agreement that stipulates an annual pay increase of 2%, with an additional year-end bonus of 0.2% (thus 6.6% for the total contract period). The first two days of sick leave for account of the workers will be abolished step-by-step (one on 1 January 2015, one on 1 January 2016).

The monthly Collective Bargaining newsletter is compiled by a research team from the Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Labour Studies (AIAS) in cooperation with the ETUI.

The Newsletter presents up-to-date and easily accessible first-hand information on collective bargaining developments across Europe to practitioners, policy-makers and researchers. The alerts include links to the original stories.

Further reading:

  • Full version of the Collective Bargaining newsletter: Issue 5/2014 – May.
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