Guaranteed Minimum Income: New Spaces for Trade Union Action

19 Pages Posted: 25 Jun 2018 Last revised: 29 Mar 2019

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Eusebi COLÀS-NEILA

Universitat Pompeu Fabra

Josep Fargas

Universitat Pompeu Fabra

Date Written: June 19, 2018

Abstract

English abstract: Trade unions have developed a very important role guaranteeing minimum incomes through collective bargaining. However, after the last Great Recession and austerity policies imposed by the Troika on many countries, among which Spain, the traditional mechanism of fixing minimum wages has become less effective on many occasions. Nonetheless, it has been argued that trade unions are following various new paths in order to guarantee minimum wages, both in Spain and in comparative labour law, and these share several common trends. This paper aims to analyse these paths and which convergences in trade union practices and strategies can be detected in this field.

Spanish abstract: Los sindicatos han desarrollado un papel muy importante en garantizar ingresos mínimos a través de la negociación colectiva. No obstante, tras la gran recesión y las políticas de austeridad impuestas por la Troika a muchos países, entre ellos España, el mecanismo tradicional de fijación de salarios mínimos ha sido menos eficaz en muchas ocasiones. A pesar de ello, se sostiene que los sindicatos están siguiendo diversos nuevos caminos para garantizar ingresos mínimos, tanto en España como en el derecho del trabajo comparado, que comparten muchas tendencias comunes. Este artículo se centra en analizar esas vías y las convergencias en las prácticas y estrategias de los sindicatos en este terreno.

Keywords: Trade unions, minimum income, social clauses, Sindicatos, ingresos mínimos, cláusulas sociales

Suggested Citation

COLÀS-NEILA, Eusebi and Fargas, Josep, Guaranteed Minimum Income: New Spaces for Trade Union Action (June 19, 2018). Oñati Socio-Legal Series, Vol. 9, No. 1 (2019), Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3198569

Eusebi COLÀS-NEILA (Contact Author)

Universitat Pompeu Fabra

Ramon Trias Fargas, 25-27
Barcelona, E-08005
Spain

Josep Fargas

Universitat Pompeu Fabra ( email )

Ramon Trias Fargas, 25-27
Barcelona, E-08005
Spain

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