Here are the most important developments at European and member state level from the March issue of the Collective Bargaining newsletter:
1. Czech Republic – Workers of the second-biggest carmaker in the Republic, Huyndai, will get a pay rise of around 12 percent. The deal is part of a collective agreement signed by the trade unions and representatives of the company’s management.
2. Denmark – Uber will shut down its operations following the introduction of new taxi laws. Taxi driver unions, cab operators and politicians have argued that Uber does not comply with the legal standards for established taxi firms and its service represents unfair competition.
3. Germany – Around 72,000 steel workers will get a 2.3 percent pay hike from April 2017, and another 1.7 percent from next May in a deal reached after a third round of negotiations between employers' group Arbeitgeberverband Stahl and trade union IG Metall.
4. Greece –The employer associations and the General Confederation of Employees of Greece (GSEE), the country's largest umbrella trade union organisation, reached an agreement on a national general collective labour agreement for 2017. They agreed to sign a general collective agreement with the same terms as those in previous years.
5. Spain - The government and the trade unions (CSIF, UGT and CC OO) have signed an agreement to reduce precariousness in public employment. The public authorities will organise several calls to cover 250,000 permanent positions in the public services for the next three years.