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Collective bargaining

The Europeanisation of industrial relations and collective bargaining is a core topic for the ETUI. In the light of the increasing divergence of industrial relations structures, not only across but also within countries, the analytical focus of ETUI’s research is on industrial sectors as arenas for action of interest organisations of both labour and business.

The ETUI conducts comparative research on industrial relations, with a focus on collective bargaining institutions, practices and outcomes. Essential research questions in this respect are social partner and government responses aimed at exiting the economic crisis, as well as longer-term effects of this crisis on industrial relations. The strengthening of monitoring mechanisms in the field of public finances, as currently planned by the European Commission as part of an EU ‘economic government’, is putting (wage) bargaining under strain in the private and public sectors alike. Consideration of the sectoral dimension is thus highly relevant in comparative, country-based research.

Furthermore, the ETUI carries out applied research on collective bargaining and investigates issues and questions of relevance for European trade unions. In particular, the Institute provides information intended to support initiatives by European trade unions aimed at the transnational coordination of collective bargaining.

Collective bargaining newsletter

With the help of a research team from the Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Labour Studies (AIAS) the ETUI publishes every month up-to-date and easily accessible first-hand information on collective bargaining developments across Europe.

Read the last issue of our monthly Collective bargaining newsletter or go to the Collective bargaining archives to view older issues and search by country or theme.


Torsten Müller Senior Researcher

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