EU sources -IMF policy threatens bargaining traditions -April 24, 2013

In the International Trade Union Confederation’s report ITUC Frontlines April 2013 the impact of the policy of the International Monetary Fund on collective bargaining is treated. Whilst the report provides empirical evidence demonstrating that there is no sound economic case for the attack on workers’ rights, one of the conclusions is that the IMF policy is a straightforward attack on collective bargaining traditions, based on the experiences in four EU countries (Romania, Greece, Spain and Portugal). Moves from industry- and economy-wide collective bargaining to enterprise bargaining will result in extremely low levels of trade union membership and equally low levels of collective bargaining coverage. And this attack is not confined to the peripheral countries of Europe. Even more successful economies in Europe have been pressed to match or better draconian reforms to maintain their own ‘competitive edge’.



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