TURI workshop - Recent trends in European collective bargaining

The recent economic crisis in Europe has led to important changes in European collective bargaining.

First, the crisis has been used to put further pressure on labour costs with the result of wage freezes or even wage cuts in many European countries. The latter has been true, in particular, for the public sector where governments sometimes openly intervene in valid collective agreements. Secondly, the crisis promotes new forms of collective bargaining at company level prioritising the safeguard of jobs. In some countries this has been accompanied with changes in the legal framework of collective bargaining which allow companies for more deviations from national or sector-level agreements.

The TURI workshop will focus on two aspects: The first part will deal with the recent tendencies towards decentralisation of collective bargaining. In this respect, the results of a recent Eurofound research project on sector-level bargaining and possibilities for deviations at company level will be presented. During the second part of the workshop there will be presentations on the impact of the economic crisis on collective bargaining and wage developments in Europe.

To register for this event:
Mariya Nikolova, Communication Officer,
European Trade Union Institute, mnikolova@etui.org

Timetable: 10h30 - 17h30
Venue: European Trade Union Institute (ETUI), room B
Boulevard du Roi Albert II, 5
B-1210, Brussels