Work and Pay
Minimum Wages and Collective Bargaining: What Types of Pay Bargaining Can Foster Positive Pay Equity Outcomes?
Article first published online: 8 APR 2013
© Blackwell Publishing Ltd/London School of Economics 2013
British Journal of Industrial Relations
Volume 52, Issue 3, pages 470–498, September 2014
How to Cite
Grimshaw, D., Bosch, G. and Rubery, J. (2014), Minimum Wages and Collective Bargaining: What Types of Pay Bargaining Can Foster Positive Pay Equity Outcomes?. British Journal of Industrial Relations, 52: 470–498. doi: 10.1111/bjir.12021
- Issue published online: 7 AUG 2014
- Article first published online: 8 APR 2013
- Manuscript Accepted: 14 FEB 2013
Using data from interviews and collective agreements in five European countries, this article analyses the relationship between collective bargaining and the minimum wage. In a context of changing minimum wage policy and competing government objectives, the findings illuminate how pay bargaining strategies of trade unions and employers shape the pay equity effects of minimum wage policy. Two general forms are identified: direct responses to a changing national minimum wage, and responses to the absence or weakness of a national minimum wage. The article explains how particular intersections of minimum wage policy and collective bargaining, together with country and sector contingencies, shape the form of pay bargaining and pay equity outcomes.