Liechtenstein -Negotiations to start in various sectors -August 23, 2011

In December 2010, due to very low wages and an almost 22 year-old collective agreement with inacceptable conditions the LANV union association has cancelled the collective agreement in the private transport sector. New negotiations will start in the beginning of September. Negotiations on a new collective agreement for the retail trade have failed ; the union insists on higher wages, referring to wage levels in Switzerland. Further negotiations regarding the security and the gastronomy and catering sectors are on their way. In particular negotiations in the catering sector will be challenging as two employers’ organisations are mutually hostile, and the respective collective agreements cannot be declared binding as both organisations do not have enough members, a situation that leaves many workers without agreement.

English: message of Petra Brunhart, international secretary Liechtenstein Employees’ Association (LANV)

This article was published in the Collective Bargaining Newsletter. It aims to facilitate information exchange between trade unions and to support the work of ETUC's collective bargaining committee. For more information, please contact the editor Maarten van Klaveren, Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Labour Studies (AIAS) You may find further information on the ETUI at, and on the AIAS at © ETUI aisbl, Brussels 2011.

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