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8 November 2017

Collective bargaining developments October 2017

These are the most important developments at European and member state level from the October 2017 issue of the Collective Bargaining newsletter:

1. Austria – The parliament voted on a reform of the so-called Angestelltengesetz, which will take away the different treatment of white- and blue-collar workers. This harmonisation is a long-standing demand of the trade union movement.

2. Hungary – Negotiations between the trade unions and the management of the local unit of French supermarket chain Auchan Retail Hungary resulted in a pay deal that will raise wages of store staff by 13.6% on average from 1 November 2017.

3. Netherlands – Trade union FNV reached a deal for new rules under the ABU-collective agreement (temporary agency collective agreement). It includes guidelines on fair pay and security for temporary workers.

4. Switzerland – The collective agreement that the trade unions settled with the retailer Coop leads to some interesting new provisions, notably in the area of the promotion of a good work-life balance. 

5. UK - Trade union TUC stated that the latest figures published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show that UK workers are still significantly worse off than they were before the financial crash.

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