Romania - Collective bargaining at a standstill - January 01, 2017

The trade union confederation Cartel-Alfa evaluates the collective bargaining situation in its December Newsletter. The union writes that the changes of the labour laws have eliminated the negotiations at sectoral and national level. The requirement at the sector level to have 50+1 of the members in the sector, for both negotiating parties make the conclusion of such a collective labour agreement virtually impossible. The regulations for the sector-wide collective bargaining led to a sudden decentralisation of collective labour relations, collective bargaining practically taking place only at enterprise level. Although the situation might seem different at enterprise level, with a slight increase of agreements, in reality this does not mean a restoration of the unbalance between employer and employee or an improvement in the growth distribution.

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