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8 December 2017

Collective Bargaining November 2017

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Find below the highlights of the November issue of the Collective Bargaining newsletter with the most important developments at European and member state level over the past month:

1. Austria – The trade unions PRO-GE und GPA-djp reached for the fifth consecutive time a coordinated agreement with the employers in 6 branches of the metal sector that will lead to similar pay increases and the improvement of other working conditions for in total 186,000 workers.

2. Finland – It looks as if an important breakthrough has been achieved in several bargaining negotiations that were deadlocked. The Paper Workers' Union concluded a collective agreement and the Finnish Electrical Workers' Union reached an agreement that ended their strike in the technology industry. Also in the ITC-sector an agreement was finalised.

3. Italy – The bargaining partners in the telecom-sector signed a transitional agreement for the sector. The deal includes a continuation of some provisions of the existing collective agreement until 30 June 2018. The agreement has set out the procedure for the next bargaining round.

4. Malta - Air Malta and the Association of Airline Engineers (AAE) have signed a collective agreement. The deal includes a pay increase for all workers, of in total 19% that will be spread over five years (5%, 1.5%, 5%, 1.5%, 5%).

5. Norway – The trade union confederation LO and employers’ organisation NHO concluded the collective negotiations for a framework agreement. The central agreement that originates from 1935 is the main reference for sectoral agreements and regulations and is reviewed every four years. The agreement affects some 345,000 employees in 12,000 companies and expires in 2021. 

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