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Project title

With innovative tools for bargaining support in the commerce sector (BARCOM) 

Funded by

European Commission, DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, VP/2015/004

Duration 29  March 2016 - 30 March 2018
Goal of the project

Improve expertise in industrial relations in the commerce sector by the innovative approach of analyzing the content of European collective agreements and relating the results to the sectoral bargaining systems, resulting in 3 widely available publications, and 28 WageIndicator websites with access to national Collective Agreements, full text and annotated/coded.

Countries in Action

28 EU-member states, 6.2 million enterprises in the commercial sector, employing 36.2 million 

Lead Partner

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

Key actors of the project

  • Research Professor Kea Tijdens, AIAS;
  • Professor Martin Kahanec, Department of Labour and Social Development,  EUBA;
  • Marta Kahancova, managing director, CELSI;
  • Paulien Osse, WageIndicator Foundation, director/ projectleader on behalf of AIAS
  • 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, Brussels
  • UNI Europa – Uni Global Union, Brussels
Associate Partner
  • WageIndicator Foundation, Amsterdam
Time line
  • April 2016 - start
  • June 2016 - first wave of Collective Agreements shared - (focus: sector agreements and company agreements (multinationals) please send to
  • August 2016 - second wave of Collective Agreements shared - (focus: sector agreements and company agreements (multinationals)  please send to
  • October 2016 - third wave of Collective Agreements shared - (focus: sector agreements and company agreements (multinationals) please send to
  • March 2017 - research topics final - last check on Collective Agreements
  • February 28 2018 - conference - presentation of outcome 


Kick-off meetings

March 29 2016 - Kick-off meeting with research partners - Amsterdam

June 15 2016 - Kick-off meeting with social partners - Amsterdam

Training session

May 19 - 20, 2016 - Training Coding Collective Agreements in Bratislava

Presentations with updates at Social Dialogue meetings

June 6, 2016 - Presentation by Daniela Ceccon at the Social Dialogue meeting - Brussels

October 28, 2016 - Presentation by Daniela Ceccon at the Social Dialogue meeting - Brussels

October 11, 2017 - Presentation by Daniela Ceccon at the Social Dialogue meeting - Brussels

February 27, 2018 - Presentation by Paulien Osse at the Social Dialogue meeting - Brussels

Mid-term meeting

March 30 2017 - Agenda

  • Presentation about Collecting and Coding Collective Agreements – Daniela Ceccon –(BARCOM/WageIndicator / AIAS – database manager)  
  • Adventures in collecting Collective Agreements – Who   owns what? Paulien Osse (BARCOM/WageIndicator/AIAS - project manager)
  • Overview of bargaining systems in the commerce sector across the EU – Marta Kahancova / Maria Sedlakova (BARCOM/Celsi, researchers)
  • Overview of multi and single employer bargaining  in Europe by Maarten van Klaveren (researcher AIAS) - Maarten van Klaveren 
  • Monitoring Collective Bargaining in the UK - How is the LRD data base working? Lewis Emery (Wages and Conditions researcher,LRD)
  • Insight in the Dutch Collective Agreement database, Katinka van den Akker (FNV)
  • Topics for research


Presentations for Hungarian Social Partners

December 12, 2016, visit of Hungarian delegation of social partners to  AIAS/Amsterdam

Final meeting

Understanding Collective Agreements in the Commerce Sector -BARCOM meeting,  Brussels, Wed. 28 February 2018 - Final Agenda BARCOM Conference February 28 - 1018

Pictures - BARCOM Conference February 28, 2018

Final reports

Report 1 - Contents of Collective Bargaining Agreements in the Commerce Sector  

Report 2 - Bargaining Systems in the commerce sector in Europe

Report 3 - Bargaining Systems and Collective Bargaining Agreements in the Commerce Sector


One-Pagers per country - English and national language Collective Bargaining in the Commerce Sector in 28 Countries in Europe in English and National Languages
Presentations at final Conference - February 28, 2018

Use this link to go to the agenda and all presentations.



Website - Collective Agreement Database 

Barcom Leaflet - Coding Collective Agreements

Barcom Leaflet - Dutch

Barcom Leaflet - German

Barcom Leaflet - French

Barcom Leaflet - Italian

Barcom Leaflet - Polish

Leaflet - WageIndicator Leaflet WageIndicator database in national languages
Codebook and Leaflet Collective Agreement database

Codebook Collective Agreement database

Leaflet Collective Agreement database in national languages - TIP


Collective Agreement Database focus Hungary - watch video presentation in English

Collective Agreement Database focus Hungary - download presentation in Hungarian

Final BARCOM Project Report

English, Italian, Dutch, Slovak

Evaluation report

Dr. Ernest Tingum, Cape Town, Evaluation report of the BARCOM project - March 2016 - March 2018


Newsletter March - April 2018

Collective Agreement Database: The standard selection in of topics covered is
  • General Collective Agreements-data,
  • Gender,
  • Job titles,
  • Social Security & Pensions,
  • Training, Employment Contracts,
  • Sickness & Disability,
  • Health and Safety & Medical Assistance,
  • Work and Family Arrangements,
  • Wages,
  • Working Hours and Schedules, Paid Leaves And Paid Holidays,
  • Coverage.
National WageIndicator websites with a Collective Agreement Database Austria
Collective Agreement Database

Collective Agreement Database
Collective Agreement Database

Collective Agreement Database

Collective Agreement Database

Collective Agreement Database

Czech Republic
Collective Agreement Database

Collective Agreement Database

Collective Agreement Database

Collective Agreement Database

Collective Agreement Database

Collective Agreement Database  

Collective Agreement Database

Collective Agreement Database

Collective Agreement Database

Collective Agreement Database

Collective Agreement Database

Collective Agreement Database

Collective Agreement Database (French)
Collective Agreement Database (German)

Collective Agreement Database

Collective Agreement Database

Collective Agreement Database

Collective Agreement Database

Collective Agreement Database

Collective Agreement Database

Collective Agreement Database

Collective Agreement Database

Collective Agreement Database

United Kingdom
Collective Agreement Database 

Comparison of Collective Agreements? Enter any of the above weblinks and you can start doing comparisons.

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