United Kingdom -Bargaining remains under pressure -December 22, 2011

According to the Unite Bargaining Brief of December 2011, the signs for collective bargaining remain gloomy. One is starting to see the anticipated reduction in inflation rates, but this will likely be a slow process. Bargaining in the public sector is again under political attack both through salary capping and the prospect of decentralising pay structures. The Brief refers to some very positive bargaining results in the automotive sector over the last couple of months. Indeed, new agreements at Jaguar and Land Rover, valid from 1 November 2011, saw standard pay increases of 6.1%, whereas according to Incomes Data Services (IDS) inflation in the fourth quarter (RPI index) stood at an annual rate of 5.3%, with the prospect of falling to 3.2% in the fourth quarter of 2012.

English: Unite Bargaining Brief, via EUCOBAN network of EMF / EFFAT / ETUF-TCL / EMCEF

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) M.vanKlaveren@uva.nl or the communications officer of the ETUI, Mariya Nikolova mnikolova@etui.org. You may find further information on the ETUI at www.etui.org, and on the AIAS at www.uva-aias.net. © ETUI aisbl, Brussels 2011.

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