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10 January 2017

Collective Bargaining developments December 2016

Here are the most important developments at European and member state level from the last issue of the Collective Bargaining newsletter for 2016:

1. Belgium – The social partners reached an agreement on the time credit for caretaking or parental leave. The agreement gives workers the right to apply for a fulltime, halftime or 20% leave, with a maximum of 51 months.


2. Czech Republic – Energy ČEZ has agreed on a supplement of the collective agreement that results in a growth in wages paid in the company by 5% in 2017. Contractual wages will grow by 2.2%.


3. Germany – The employers’ organisation in the agency sector VGZ and trade union confederation DGB concluded an agreement for the temporary employment sector. The agreement covers a period of 36 months with increased pay rates that take effect on 1 March 2017, 1 April 2018, 1 April 2019 and 1 October 2019.


4. Romania – The trade union confederation Cartel-Alfa evaluated the collective bargaining situation in its Newsletter. The union writes that the changes of the labour laws have eliminated the negotiations at sectoral and national level.


5. Spain – The statutory monthly minimum wage increases with 8%. The rates come into force on 1 January 2017 and will require employers to pay no less than €707.60 a month (currently €655.20) for 14 payments a year (two double payments). 

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