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Collective bargaining in public services: Some European comparisons

Koen Nomden (University of Antwerp, Antwerpen, Belgium)
David Farnham (University of Portsmouth, Portsmouth, UK)
Marie‐Laure Onnee‐Abbruciati (CSF Development, Paris, France)

International Journal of Public Sector Management

ISSN: 0951-3558

Article publication date: 1 November 2003



This article shows that regulation of the employment relationship in European public services has tended to give more importance to collective bargaining than to unilateral employer regulation. Although collective bargaining is a general trend, it is not the same in every country. This article concentrates on collective bargaining levels and the outcomes of collective bargaining in selected European states. A major explanatory factor of the extent of collective bargaining is the nature of the civil service system. Reformed “non‐career” systems tend to adopt collective bargaining institutions, resulting in binding collective agreements between employers and unions, while classical “career” systems do not.



Nomden, K., Farnham, D. and Onnee‐Abbruciati, M. (2003), "Collective bargaining in public services: Some European comparisons", International Journal of Public Sector Management, Vol. 16 No. 6, pp. 412-423.




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