Finland -Sharp criticism of EU intervention in collective bargaining -May 08, 2013

Experts from the three trade union confederations (Akava, SAK, STTK) have delivered harsh criticism to the EU for repeatedly breaching the freedom of collective bargaining. They refer to recent cases where the European Commission has intervened in the bargaining procedures in Romania, Greece, Spain, Ireland and Italy and weakened the position of unions. Next to full respect for the autonomy of labour market organisations the experts want a stronger role for labour market organisations in the process where euro zone's economic policy is formulated.



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