30 August 2015

FAOS contributes to a new book

Wage bargaining under the new European Economic Governance: Alternative strategies for inclusive growth

Since the financial and economic crisis wage formation has become an imporant issue on the European policy agenda. FAOS researches Søren Kaj Andersen and Christian Lyhne Ibsen has contributed to a new book on the subject. 

In response to the problems posed by the financial and economic crisis, the European Union introduced, in 2010, a new set of European economic governance arrangements. In this context, wage formation has become an important issue on the European policy agenda. This book contains major research findings from the CAWIE2 – Collectively Agreed Wages in Europe – project, conducted in 2014–2015 for the purpose of discussing and debating the currently dominant policy perspectives on collectively-bargained wage systems under this new form of European economic governance.

In Chapter 4 Søren Kaj Andersen and Christian Lyhne Ibsen (FAOS), Pekka Sauramo (Finnish Labour Institute for Economic Research) and Kristine Nergaard (FAFO, Norway) debate changes in wage policy and collective bargaining in the Nordic countries. The issues of German wage leadership and the need for more coordination due to increased labour migration are raised.

The book was published by ETUI. Read more here

The project was coordinated by KU Leuven-HIVA and the Wirtschafts- und Sozialwissenschaftliches Institut at the Hans Böckler Foundation. Other partners that could be mentioned: Arbeiterkammer Wien (AT); Labour Institute for Economic Research (FI); Associazione Bruno Trentin - ISF - IRES (IT); IRES (FR); AIAS (NL); Labour Research Department (UK); FAOS (DK); Fundación 1º de Mayo (ES) og SZGTI (HU).

The project was supported by a financial grant from the European Commission.