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BARCOM REPORT 1: Contents of Collective Bargaining Agreements in the Commerce Sector


  • Janna Besamusca
  • Marta Kahancová


  • Kea Tijdens


Collective bargaining is an important instrument in wage-setting processes, but lacks underpinning with empirical data. Little is known about what exactly is agreed upon in collective bargaining. Few countries maintain databases with coded collective agreements; and agreements are coded for different topics and levels of detail. Attempts to discuss bargaining results at EU level are hampered by the lack of systematic data-collection of agreements. Social partners perceive an increasing need for cross-country comparisons, i.e., because of growing importance of foreign direct investment in EU member states. Therefore, EU-level social partners in commerce, UNI Europa and EuroCommerce, have expressed their interest in a study of content of collective agreements negotiated by their members at national level. The first BARCOM report describes the coding and collection of collective bargaining agreements (CBA), using the coding form provided by the WageIndicator Foundation. The report compares the contents of 116 CBA’s for 9 coding topics. Supported by the European Commission, DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, VS/2016/0106

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  • Janna Besamusca & Marta Kahancová & Kea Tijdens, 2018. "BARCOM REPORT 1: Contents of Collective Bargaining Agreements in the Commerce Sector," Research Reports 23, Central European Labour Studies Institute (CELSI).
  • Handle: RePEc:cel:report:23

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