EU Sources - Wage inequality and collective bargaining - October 31, 2017

A Global Labour Column is dedicated to the ILO Global Wage Report from a wage inequality perspective. Minimum wage legislation and collective bargaining have a central role to play to reduce inequality between and within enterprises, as various studies have shown. But differences in the way collective bargaining is organised have different effects. When collective bargaining is at the company or workplace level, the effect is restricted to wage inequality within enterprises. When collective bargaining takes place at the national, industry or branch level in multi-employer settings with coordination across levels, a larger proportion of workers is covered and inequality is likely to be reduced both within and between enterprises. The extension of collective agreements by governments to all workers in a particular sector can reinforce these effects.

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