France - The crisis, ten years after - October 31, 2017

In an extensive assessment of the economic development since the start of the economic crisis, published by the statistical office Insee, several paragraphs are dedicated to the role and impact of collective bargaining. The authors conclude that the institutionalisation of labour relations does not tip the balance of power in favour of employees, especially during an economic crisis when the social dialogue can be used by management for its own purposes. In the chapter on wage income during the crisis it is noted that, while employment and wage adjustments have frequently gone hand in hand with collective bargaining, the latter seems to have facilitated rather than hindered these adjustments.

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