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Here are the most important developments at European and member state level from the April issue of the Collective Bargaining newsletter:

1. Czech Republic – The trade unions at Skoda Auto have approved a collective agreement with management on working conditions and pay increase for the next two years. Wages will rise by 3.5 percent as of April 2016 and another 3 percent in January 2017.

2. Germany – The federal and local governments reached agreement with public sector workers on a pay rise. As a result more than two million workers receive a pay increase of 4.75 percent over two years, to be paid in two stages, with a first increment of 2.4 percent in March 2016 followed by another 2.35 percent in February 2017.

3. Hungary – The management of automotive safety systems company Autoliv came to an agreement with the Vasas workers trade union. A strike on 31 March became successful as management later on promised a 10% wage increase for assembly line workers retroactive to 1 January 2016.

4. Poland – The dockworkers’ trade union section of Solidarno?? reached an historic agreement, valid until 31 March 2019 that covers pay rates, hours of work, holidays and general conditions for 600 workers.

5. The UK – Thanks to a very active core of trade union activists, the longstanding trials and juridical fights to workers blacklisted, because of their trade union background or the simple fact that they were active as safety reps, comes to a second compensation pay.

The Newsletter presents up-to-date and easily accessible first-hand information on collective bargaining developments across Europe to practitioners, policy-makers and researchers. The alerts include links to the original stories.

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