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BARCOM REPORT 2: Bargaining Systems in the Commerce Sector


  • Marta Kahancová


  • Jakub Kostolný


  • Gábor Szüdi


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. Report 2 studies how particular institutional attributes in sector-specific bargaining systems relate to each other. The findings are quantified in an index of constructive industrial relations (CIR-index). Supported by the European Commission, DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, VS/2016/0106

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  • Marta Kahancová & Jakub Kostolný & Gábor Szüdi, 2018. "BARCOM REPORT 2: Bargaining Systems in the Commerce Sector," Research Reports 24, Central European Labour Studies Institute (CELSI).
  • Handle: RePEc:cel:report:24

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    1. Marta Kahancová, 2016. "The rise of the dual labour market: fighting precarious employment in the new member states through industrial relations (PRECARIR) Country report: Slovakia," Research Reports 19, Central European Labour Studies Institute (CELSI).
    2. John Driffill, 2006. "The Centralization of Wage Bargaining Revisited: What Have we Learnt?," Journal of Common Market Studies, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 44, pages 731-756, November.
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