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The Emergence of Wage Coordination in the Central Western European Metal Sector and its Relationship to European Economic Policy

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  • Vera Glassner
  • Toralf Pusch

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In the European Monetary Union the transnational coordination of collective wage bargaining has acquired increased importance on the trade union agenda. The metal sector has been at the forefront of these developments. This paper addresses the issue of crossborder coordination of wage setting in the metal sector in the central western European region, that is, in Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium, where coordination practices have become firmly established in comparison to other sectors. When testing the interaction of wage developments in the metal sector of these three countries, relevant macroeconomic (inflation and labour productivity) and sector-related variables (employment, export-dependence) are considered with reference to the wage policy guidelines of the European Commission and the European Metalworkers’ Federation. Empirical evidence can be found for a wage coordination effect in the form of increasing compliance with the wage policy guidelines of the European Metalworkers’ Federation. The evidence for compliance with the stability-oriented wage guideline of the European Commission is weaker.

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Paper provided by Halle Institute for Economic Research in its series IWH Discussion Papers with number 13.

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Date of creation: Jun 2010
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Handle: RePEc:iwh:dispap:13-10

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Keywords: wage coordination; metal sector; EMU; European economic policy;

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  1. Vera Glassner, 2011. "Gewerkschaftsansätze zur lohnpolitischen Koordinierung in der Eurozone: Befunde aus dem Metallsektor in Belgien, den Niederlanden und Deutschland," Wirtschaft und Gesellschaft - WuG, Kammer für Arbeiter und Angestellte für Wien, Abteilung Wirtschaftswissenschaft und Statistik, vol. 37(4), pages 531-554.

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