The International Labour Organisation has published a report that shows that the higher the coverage of employees by collective agreements, the lower the wage differences are. Social Dialogue Report 2022: Collective bargaining for an inclusive, sustainable and resilient recovery is based on a review of collective agreements and practices in 80 countries and the legal and regulatory frameworks in 125 countries. It also provides evidence that collective bargaining can contribute to narrowing the gender pay gap with over half (59 per cent) the agreements reviewed in the study reflecting a joint commitment by employers and trade unions to address gender inequality by ensuring equal pay for work of equal value, providing for parental and family leave and addressing gender-based violence at work. The report also reveals how collective bargaining has played an important role in mitigating the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and is essential in delivering a human-centred recovery.
Report highlights how collective bargaining can advance equality
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