EU Sources - Recent trends in collective bargaining in Europe - August 31, 2016

The E-Journal ADAPT published an article on recent trends in collective bargaining in Europe (originally included in Volume 5 of the Journal Series). Although several countries had already introduced labour reforms in the past years, the crisis was undoubtedly an accelerating force that initiated more and deeper changes. In fact, legislators not only changed the rules regarding the substance of wages, working hours, dismissal, pensions, and unemployment benefits, but also the way working conditions/labour standards are set. The author considers such changes and how in a number of cases (e.g. Portugal and Greece), the reforms were demanded by external entities as a condition for financial assistance. All the analysed changes initiated a radical alteration of the structures and principles that are the essence of the collective bargaining system.

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