EU Sources -Reform agenda leads to reduction of bargaining processes -January 15, 2015

The European Observatory OSE reveals in a paper that Southern European countries have been hit hardest and longest by the post-2008 economic crisis. The paper briefly reviews reform trends prior to and during the crisis.

The European Observatory OSE reveals in a paper that Southern European countries have been hit hardest and longest by the post-2008 economic crisis. The paper briefly reviews reform trends prior to and during the crisis and summarises the major findings of a project with regard to pensions, family policy and healthcare. In general, the reform agenda brought a drastic reduction of collective bargaining and the weakening of unions, freezing and/or cuts in wages, and greater flexibility in the rules governing hiring and dismissal of workers (including the duration of temporary and fixed-term contracts).

English: http://www.ose.be/EN/publications/ose_paper_series.htm   


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