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Finland: employers move to undermine sectoral bargaining in tech sector

Tuesday 6 April 2021

The Finnish employers’ association Technology Industries announced a major change in its collective bargaining activities. This unilateral decision has far-reaching implications in the sectoral collective bargaining system, which has delivered a stable and internationally competitive labour market for decades. From now on, the association’s member companies, which include Nokia, Google, Accenture, Fujitsu and Microsoft, can…

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Chop chop—could hairdressers restyle European social dialogue?

Tuesday 16 March 2021

European social dialogue fell into desuetude under the neoliberal Barroso commission. Hairdressers might just put some colour back in it. Click here to read the full opinion piece. Chop chop—could hairdressers restyle European social dialogue? – Oliver Roethig and Dimitris Theodorakis — Social Europe (@socialeurope) March 16, 2021

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Getting the details right: a sectoral approach to addressing Covid-19

Thursday 4 June 2020

Increasing e-commerce demand, a sudden surge in teleworking, hazard pay, new safety procedures… these are all changes induced by the Covid-19 crisis. However, these changes have very different implications within different sectors of activity. Ensuring that headline government measures are effective at ground level has meant adapting these measures to sector-level realities. “One-size-fits-all measures are…

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Unions adopt the Vienna Declaration to radically overhaul working time

Friday 14 September 2018

During a two-day high-level conference held this week in Vienna (10th – 11th September), UNI Europa, the European trade union federation for the services sector, adopted the Vienna Declaration on working time. The paper – ‘It is our Time: Working Time in the New World of Work –Working Time and Collective Bargaining Policy’ – was…

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