“GLOBAL” BARGAINING ROUND
|“GLOBAL” BARGAINING ROUND
Term used in Austria to refer to the negotiations conducted jointly by the GPA for almost all white-collar workers in manufacturing industry (with the important exception of those in the metal industry). Sectorally, therefore, collective bargaining for white-collar workers in the private sector exhibits a very high degree of concentration. These “global” negotiations normally follow the pattern set by the GMBE in its collective agreements for manual and white-collar workers in the metal industry. The agreements for the (highly unionized) metal industry and the resultant agreements concluded in the “global” bargaining round (which together cover 17% of all employees subject to collective bargaining law) form the basis of a system of pay framework-setting in that they set the guiding framework for negotiations in all other sectors (including pay negotiations in the public sector) and in this way ensure the extraordinarily high degree of co-ordination of pay regulation between sectors that exists in Austria.