Federation’s report highlights how to strengthen collective bargaining

Europe

European services federation UNI Europa has published a report that aims to support trade unions in making the most of the Adequate Minimum Wage Directive, with a range of ideas on how to boost collective bargaining coverage. The report identifies five main areas of intervention. The first is to provide protection against anti-union practices, encourage union membership through tax exemptions, give unions access to workers, facilities and resources for union representation, or provide direct capacity-building support to (sectoral) unions. The second is about getting employers willing and able to negotiate through policies to address the frequent lack of a negotiating mandate for employers’ organisations. Third, availability of accurate and complete data and information, and emphasis on good faith bargaining rules can be beneficial along with a bargaining infrastructure, with financial and organisational support for bargaining and support for mediation. Fourth, ensuring the effectiveness of collective agreements can help by clarifying the legal status and requirements for sectoral agreements, establishing the principle of preference and a clear hierarchy of norms. And fifth, the role of culture can help where policymakers can run public campaigns on the benefits and value of collective bargaining.

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