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Outsourcing of services can pose challenges to collective bargaining agreement (CBA) coverage as it may lead to situations in which workers lose coverage (CBA ‘gaps’) or it is unclear which CBA applies to which workers (CBA ‘clashes’). In the project RECOVER (Relaunching Collective Bargaining Coverage in Outsourced Services), CBA coverage in the Netherlands was studied among workers in three frequently outsourced services: logistical services, activation services, and facility management services. We found that CBA coverage is highly dependent on the extent to which a particular service is established as a sector with corresponding collective institutions. Trends in outsourcing can lead to the emergence of ‘new’ sectors as a particular activity is taken out from an existing sector (as with activation services) or several activities are merged (as with facility management services). Moreover, the dynamics of outsourcing such as recurring tenders and competing against incentives to insource mean there is high pressure on costs. We identified a number of employer strategies responding to this pressure by exploiting the potential for CBA ‘gaps’ and ‘clashes’, as well as a number of strategies by trade unions to counter these.

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Date 14 March 2019
Time 12:00 -13:30
Organised by Nuria Ramos Martin