Greece -The future of collective bargaining -October 03, 2015

In an interesting paper, published by the Friedrich Ebert Foundation, Thorsten Schulten analyses the perspective for collective bargaining. Greece has experienced a deep decline in industry-wide collective agreements since 2011. This has been accompanied by radical decentralisation alongside a veritable dissolution of collective bargaining in large parts of the economy. So far, the Syriza government’s proposals for the restoration of an effective collective bargaining system have failed because of the political resistance of the Troika. In particular, non-trade union representations of employees were permitted, extensions of collective agreements were prohibited and the favourability principle with regard to the hierarchy of collective bargaining levels was abolished.


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