COLBAR newsletter
September/October/November 2019

COLBAR kicks off in Visegrad region

The second kick-off meeting for COLBAR-EUROPE has taken place in Bratislava on 9 October 2019, organized by the Central European Labour Studies Institute (CELSI). The participants represented trade unions and employer organisations from Slovakia, Hungary, Czech Republic and Poland (the Visegrad region). Through several presentations and discussions, they got the chance to get better acquainted with the project and its first preliminary regional results.
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45 collective agreements annotated

308 agreements collected in total

During the first months of COLBAR-EUROPE, 308 collective agreements from Europe have been collected. Of these agreements, 45 are already annotated. Over a span of 2 years, more than 500 collective agreements will be collected and annotated in total. To further these efforts, WageIndicator's Daniela Ceccon recently visited the National Council for Economics and Labour (C.N.E.L.) in Rome to train its researchers on the annotation of collective agreements.
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What is happening right now?

Preparatory phase: April 2019 – January 2021
  • Kick-off meetings in Amsterdam, Bratislava (April – October 2019)
  • Collecting, annotating and coding agreements (April 2019 – January 2021)

Annotated agreements mostly Spanish

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The COLBAR-Europe project aims to improve knowledge about the content of collective agreements in Europe. It will do so by adding more than 500 agreements to WageIndicator’s CBA Database for the current 28 European Union member states and 5 associate countries. These agreements will cover the commerce, manufacturing, construction and public sectors. By analyzing the agreements, comparisons across industries can be made.

COLBAR is funded by the European Commission through its Social Dialogue Program. Lead partner is the University of Amsterdam/AIAS. The Central European Labour Studies Institute (CELSI) and the National Council for Economics and Labour (C.N.E.L.) are the project's key actors.

COLBAR is facilitated by WageIndicator Foundation, which collects, compares and shares labour market information through online and offline surveys and research. Its national websites serve as up-to-date online libraries featuring (living) wage and labour law information and career advice, for employees, employers and social partners. In this way, WageIndicator is a life changer for millions of people around the world. To learn more, visit or your national website.
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