Project in the spotlight:

BARCOM: With innovative tools for bargaining support in the commerce sector

April 1, 2016

Collective bargaining is an important instrument in wage-setting processes, but lacks underpinning with empirical data. Little is known about what exactly is agreed upon in collective bargaining. Few countries maintain databases with coded collective agreements; anad agreements are coded for different topics and levels of detail. Attempts to discuss bargaining results at EU level are hampered by the lack of systematic data-collection of agreements. Social partners perceive an increasing need for cross-country comparisons, i.e., because of growing importance of foreign direct investment in EU member states. Therefore, EU-level social partners in commerce, UNI Europa and EuroCommerce, have expressed their interest in a study of content of collective agreements negotiated by their members at national level.


  • University of Amsterdam/AIAS - Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Labour Studies


  • University of Amsterdam/AIAS (coordinator), Amsterdam
  • Central European Labour Studies Institute (CELSI), Bratislava
  • University of Economics in Bratislava (EUBA), Bratislava
  • EuroCommerce – The Retail, Wholesale and International Trade Representation to the EU
  • UNI Europa – Uni Global Union – Europe

Associate partner:

  • WageIndicator Foundation (WIF), Amsterdam