Swedish trade unions would also have preferred implementation through collective agreements instead of legislation, but this did not occur. Both the Belgian and Italian legislation is based on views jointly expressed by the social partners, while collective agreements play the main role in implementation in Denmark (as is traditionally the case), though with additional legislation to cover those workers not subject to collective agreements. In the second group of seven countries – Austria, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Italy, Norway and Sweden – there is no national minimum wage, but sectoral collective agreements implicitly or explicitly set minimum pay rates for the employees in their area of coverage. In the event that service providers are changed, member states will have to ensure that staff for airside services are transferred to the new service provider and collective agreements respected. With Generations@Work, we are also well positioned to implement the German chemical industry`s collective agreement on working life and demography. In all of these countries, the legal minimum may be supplemented by minimum rates set in collective agreements – though the level and coverage of such agreements varies, as does the relationship of the minima they set to the national minimum rate. In collaboration with our research team, you will carry out qualitative research in Sweden (interviews with experts, representatives of public employers and unions), analyze documents (e.g. collective agreements), and participate in the preparation and interpretation of the data, the writing of a country case study and of the final report. One decisive step making this possible was the successful negotiation in advance of a collective agreement between FMG and the ver.di union, which gave AeroGround the competitive structures it needs to operate successfully in the market. Officially, the company is subject to a collective agreement that prescribes the achievement of the contractual working time on average of twelve months maximum. In fact, however, there are plans to use working time accounts to intercept medium-term utilization fluctuations (cyclical cycles and models).
At present, AeroGround employs a workforce numbering approximately 2,000 in its ground services activities to deliver ground handling services for some 800 flights a day. In the second group of seven countries – Austria, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Italy, Norway and Sweden – there is no national minimum wage, but sectoral collective agreements set minimum rates of pay for workers in their respective fields of application. With Generations@Work, we are also well placed to implement the “Collective Agreement on Active Living and Demography” of the chemical industry in Germany. Belgian and Italian legislation are based on common positions of social partners, while collective agreements occupy the highest place in implementation in Denmark (in accordance with tradition) – although additional legislation has been adopted for workers who are not covered by collective agreements.