The annual Benchmarking Working Europe study from the European Trade Union Institute includes a section providing the latest data on wage developments, collective bargaining, minimum wage and union density. The study notes that more positive statements about wages are coming from the European institutions with issues of fairness also raised in the European PIllar of Social Rights. However, these were not yet reflected in the Country Specific Recommendations issued last year where the focus was still on decentralisation of collective bargaining and moderation in minimum wage increases. The study found that wage developments had tended to slow down over 2017 while there had been some convergence in minimum wages as increase in Central and Eastern Europe were higher than in the rest of the European Union. Trends in collective bargaining coverage and union density were still negative overall.