United Kingdom - Use of social dialogue in wage-setting - March 31, 2019

This national report examines the use of social dialogue in wage setting in the country and offers an overview of the trajectory before and after the 2008 economic crisis. Furthermore the report provides a justice-based evaluation of two social dialogue mechanisms: collective bargaining and the tripartite Low Pay Commission advising the Government on minimum wage rates. Results include that post-crisis developments reinforced and deepened pre-crisis trends. This effect is manifest in the continuation of the decline in collective bargaining coverage and unionisation. These developments are complemented by new legal reforms placing additional constraints on unions’ already heavily circumscribed ability to act as effective collective bargaining and political actors. However, the minimum wage has gained strength in terms of value and legitimacy in recent years.

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For more information, please contact the editor Jan Cremers or Sanne van der Gaag, Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Labour Studies (AIAS) cbn-aias@uva.nl or the Head of communications at the ETUI, Willy De Backer wdebacker@etui.org © ETUI


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