BARWAGE – The importance of collective bargaining for wage setting in the European Union

Barwage Final Conference: Redistributing the Wage Cake?

June 20, 2024

Does a rising minimum wage lift all wages? And what role can collective bargaining play to negotiate wage increases higher up the wage distribution?

Between 2021 and 2024, the BARWAGE consortium including Utrecht University, WageIndicator Foundation, the Central European Labour Studies Institute, and Fondazione Giuseppe di Vittorio have been studying the importance of collective bargaining for wage setting in the European Union.

With the project coming to a close soon, the team will now present its findings and discuss the subject of wage-setting and collective agreements with experts from academia, civil society, and industry.


Date: Monday, 24 June, 2024

Time: 2 PM - 3:30 PM CET


14:00 - 14:20 | Opening address and project introduction (Janna Besamusca)

14:20 - 12:40 | Interview on collective agreements and wage negotiations (Rositsa Makelova)

14:40 - 15:05 | Key project findings

  • Martin Guzi (CELSI)
  • Adam Šumichrast (CELSI)
  • Salvo Leonardi (Di Vittorio Foundation)

15:05 - 15:25 | Panel Discussion - Wage Raises, Minimum Wages, and Improved Pay Structures

  • Fiona Dragstra, General Director WageIndicator Foundation (Moderator)
  • Dean Farthing - Partner Employment at PwC UK
  • Christine Aumayr-Pintar - Senior Research Manager at Eurofound
  • Vassil Kirov - Professor and Deputy Director at the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences

15:25 - 15:30 | Closing remarks (Janna Besamusca)

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