WageIndicator establishes a comprehensive database of collective agreements that will allow you to read the original texts of collective agreements and compare clauses at national and international levels. Meanwhile, more than 1,000 agreements have been archived, coded and published in their national language in 56 countries. British law reflects the historical contradictory nature of British industrial relations. In addition, workers are concerned that if their union is prosecuted for violating a collective agreement, the union could go bankrupt, allowing workers to remain in collective bargaining without representation. This unfortunate situation could change slowly, partly under the influence of the EU. Japanese and Chinese companies that have British factories (especially in the automotive industry) are trying to pass on the company`s ethics to their workers. [Clarification needed] This approach has been adopted by local UK companies such as Tesco. Collective bargaining is a negotiation process between employers and a group of workers that aims to conclude agreements to regulate wages, working conditions, benefits and other aspects of workers` compensation and rights for workers. Workers` interests are usually represented by representatives of a trade union to which the workers belong. Collective agreements obtained through these negotiations generally set wage scales, working hours, training, health and safety, overtime, complaint mechanisms and the right to participate in labour or company affairs.  Only one in three OECD employees has wages agreed by collective bargaining.
The 36-member Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development has become a strong supporter of collective bargaining to ensure that falling unemployment also leads to higher wages.  A collective agreement is an agreement on working conditions such as wages and public holidays between a company and a union (“company-specific collective agreement”) or between the employers` organization of a given sector and the union (“sectoral collective agreement”). The term “collective bargaining” was first used in 1891 by Beatrice Webb, a founder of the industrial relations sector in the United Kingdom.  It concerns the type of collective bargaining and agreements that existed since the rise of trade unions in the eighteenth century.