Italy - Ideas on bargaining - August 31, 2016

The author of a Bruegel Policy Contribution (Issue 2016/11) comes to the conclusion that a reform of collective wage bargaining, which ultimately involves an agreement between social partners, can only be effective if widely discussed with representatives of trade unions and industry associations ex ante. When in the past governments tried to implement such reforms by decree (e.g. in 2011, at the peak of the sovereign debt crisis), there was industrial conflict and a suboptimal take-up of the reform’s innovations. In this context, the government’s willingness to discuss the introduction of a statutory minimum wage and to complement wages implicitly set by industry-wide contracts could surely improve the political feasibility and palatability of a decentralisation of wage bargaining. In a SIM Europe Policy Brief, published by the Bertelsmann Foundation, a set of policy measures is recommended, which should include a new wage bargaining system aimed at fostering productivity growth.

English: http://bruegel.org/wp-content …  

The Policy Brief: http://www.bertelsmann-stiftung.de/fileadmin … 

For more information, please contact the editor Jan Cremers, Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Labour Studies (AIAS) cbn-aias@uva.nl or the communications officer at the ETUI, Willy De Backer wdebacker@etui.org. For previous issues of the Collective bargaining newsletter please visit http://www.etui.org/E-Newsletters/Collective-bargaining-newsletter. Since June 2013 readers can consult our archive and search through all articles in our database at www.cbnarchive.euYou may find further information on the ETUI at www.etui.org, and on the AIAS at www.uva-aias.net.

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