European sources -Wages and working conditions in the crisis -July 25, 2012

This report is based on the input of the national Eurofound correspondents. According to the authors many concessions seem to have been made by the trade unions in favour of employment guarantees in the harsh economic climate during 2008, running into 2009 and 2010. But, industrial relations systems are deeply entrenched in national traditions, and there continues to be great diversity in the outcome of collective bargaining and in the number of workers covered by collective agreements. Some countries, having a major deficit, were limited in their capability to ‘grease’ social bargaining outcomes with extra financial means (for example, the Anglo-Saxon or southern European countries). Others have invested a considerable amount of public funding in an upswing of their socioeconomic constellation.

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