EU sources -Trends in collective bargaining -October 09, 2015

The International Labour Organisation published an Issue Brief (No. 1) that contains an assessment of the differences in collective bargaining coverage for 75 countries. The authors note that collective bargaining has come under pressure in many countries since the financial crisis of 2008. This followed a longer-term decline in union membership rates. Countries in which collective bargaining coverage remained stable or increased are those that supported inclusive collective bargaining through a range of policy measures. Included are facts and figures on coverage rates, as a proportion of employees and total employment, related to gender, to the dominant bargaining level and to union density.


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