Collective bargaining in Europe in the 21st century

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Publié
04 Novembre 2015
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Executive summary in 22 languages

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Résumé

Collective bargaining systems in the EU have undergone a steady change since the end of the 1990s. But as businesses across Europe struggle to respond to intensifying global competition, pressure from employers for greater flexibility in collective bargaining is increasing, especially since the 2008 economic crisis. This report sets out to map developments in all major aspects of collective bargaining (apart from pay and working time, which have been analysed separately by Eurofound) over the past 15 years. In doing so, it aims to distinguish long-term trends and to identify changes brought on by the crisis. It also aims to identify the directions collective bargaining is likely to take in the coming years. The study finds a common and strong trend of convergence across the EU towards decentralisation and more flexibility in collective bargaining processes, but with significant asymmetries in the timing and pace of change. 

  • Full report

    Number of Pages: 
    84
    Reference No: 
    EF1548
    ISBN: 
    978-92-897-1406-8
    Catalogue: 
    TJ-02-15-697-EN-N
    DOI: 
    10.2806/135652
    Catalogue info

    Collective bargaining in Europe in the 21st century

    Collective bargaining systems in the EU have undergone a steady change since the end of the 1990s. But as businesses across Europe struggle to respond to intensifying global competition, pressure from employers for greater flexibility in collective bargaining is increasing, especially since the 2008 economic crisis.

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  • Executive summary

    Reference No: 
    EF15481
    Catalogue info

    Conventions collectives en Europe au XXIe siècle

    Authors: 
    Eurofound

    Les systèmes de convention collective de l’UE connaissent des changements constants depuis la fin des années 1990. Alors que les entreprises de toute l’Europe luttent pour répondre à l’intensification de la concurrence mondiale, les employeurs exercent une pression croissante en faveur d’une flexibilité accrue des conventions collectives, notamment depuis la crise économique de 2008. Ce rapport a pour objet de présenter les changements affectant tous les principaux aspects des conventions collectives (à l’exception de la rémunération et du temps de travail, analysés séparément par Eurofound) durant les quinze dernières années. Il entend ainsi définir les tendances à long terme et recenser les changements provoqués par la crise. Il entend également déterminer les orientations possibles des conventions collectives durant les prochaines années. Le rapport révèle une forte tendance commune, dans l’ensemble de l’UE, à la convergence vers la décentralisation et vers une flexibilité accrue dans les processus de convention collective, malgré des décalages significatifs au niveau du calendrier et du rythme des changements.

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