The Government will reform legislation to increase opportunities for local bargaining at company level. The Government’s vision is that local collective bargaining will be equally possible in all companies regardless of whether the company is a member of an employer association or what kind of employee representation system is in place at the company.
The Government will expand the conditions for local bargaining by removing from labour legislation bans on local bargaining in non-organised companies that comply with a generally applicable collective agreement. Labour legislation will be amended to allow a company-specific collective agreement to derogate, by agreement, from the same provisions of labour legislation from which a derogation is now only possible by means of a national collective agreement.
Labour legislation fundamentally seeks to protect the weaker party in employment and impose a minimum standard of working conditions. Collective agreements specify the issues that are open to local collective bargaining and the negotiating parties. The minimum standards established in labour law may only be set aside under a collective agreement concluded by a trade union and a federation of employers. Only businesses organised in such a federation may conclude local agreements that set aside statutory minimum employment standards.