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8 November 2018

Collective Bargaining October 2018

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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 last month:

1. Spain – The government formulated a socially progressive 2019 budget plan that promises a spectacular repair of the wage decreases during the period of austerity. If the budget plans pass both the parliament and the Senate and get approval at EU-level, the country would see the biggest wage hike in 40 years.

2. Iceland –  Unions want a 40% pay hike for the lowest paid workers. They argue that such an increase is necessary because living costs have also drastically increased, especially on the housing market.

3. France – After months of industrial action at Air France that hast cost the airline 335 million euro a deal between management and trade unions is in sight. Employees will get a general pay increase of 2% retroactive from 1 January 2018 and a general pay increase of 2% on 1 January 2019.

4. Norway – Construction workers and employees of the labour inspection set up a system to jointly patrol construction sites in order to end illegal activities. In their patrols they will focus on violation of employment laws and tax rules as well as health and safety breaches.

5. Hungary – The government filled a complaint at the European Court of Justice because they want to annul new EU rules against wage dumping across EU countries. Besides Hungary only Poland is opposed to the revised posted workers directive.

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