Reino Unido - Austerity measures undermining collective bargaining

The Trades Union Congress (TUC – UK) reported that in recent years, following the financial crisis and in line with austerity measures, the UK government imposed a pay cap on the public sector workforce – which in many parts of the public sector was not a subject of consultation. In recent years, the range of issues covered by collective bargaining has become limited to pay, hours and holidays and in some workplaces, employers will only negotiate on pay. Moreover, due to the inadequacies of UK labour law and industrial relations system unions often face significantly difficulties securing recognition with employers for the purposes of collective bargaining. There is no national level bargaining in the UK and sector level bargaining is rare outside of the public sector.

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