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01/07/2014

Industrial relations in central public administration: Recent trends and features

EF/14/18 
TN1307019S




This report maps current developments in industrial relations systems in the central public administration sector across the Member States, covering all EU Member States except Croatia, which joined the EU in mid-2013. The report explores to what extent there is formal industrial relations processes within the sector, including the organisation of unions and employer representatives, and the role of collective bargaining and consultation. It also examines the specific features of the sector in terms of both industrial relations processes and worker outcomes and charts reforms that have been carried out since 2008: changes in collective bargaining and in the balance of negotiation versus unilateral imposition of change by the employer, and the responses of trade unions. Finally, the report addresses the role of the social partners regarding the outcomes for employees of the recent austerity measures on issues such as wages, job security, working time and pensions.

author(s): European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions – J. Lethbridge, I. Greer, L. Kretsons, C. Umney, G. White (University of Greenwich)
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