ETUC issues collective bargaining alert


In the latest stage of its Pay Rise campaign the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) has issued an alert on the state of collective bargaining across Europe. The ETUC's analysis of official data shows 35 ‘red’ warnings for 17 EU member states. Countries with the largest number of ‘red’ warnings include Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Lithuania and UK. The emergency alerts cover issues such as the extent of company-level rather than sector-level bargaining, collective bargaining coverage and the use of extension arrangements. The warnings also cover low wage shares in the economy. For example, less than 35% of working people are covered by collective agreements in at least six member states while wages make up less than the average of 45% of GDP in 10 member states. The ETUC has also produced a video urging workers to join a union and support collective bargaining.

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