The minimum wage in most countries of the European Union will rise this year. In Poland, the minimum wage rose the most at 17 percent, but the differences are very large. This is reported by Eurofound, an organization established by the EU for the improvement of living and working conditions, in a new report.
According to the European Commission, a guaranteed minimum wage for all workers is needed more than ever. She has conducted a consultation round with 23 umbrella organizations of employers 'and workers' organizations and is now going to talk to social partners from the various Member States. Decent income for all workers in the EU is said to be "essential for the post-crisis recovery" and necessary for rebuilding a fair and resilient economy, according to the EU Executive Board.
More than 20 EU countries have a minimum wage, but that is sometimes below the minimum income level. Six Member States do not have legislation. The minimum wage is highest in Luxembourg, Ireland and the Netherlands. The Grand Duchy once again takes the cake, with 2,142 euros (+2 percent). In Bulgaria, the minimum wage in the EU is lowest at 312 euros per month.
Germany and France follow in fourth place after Belgium. Eurofound estimates that 9 percent of workers provide minimum wage protection and are covered by collective labor contracts.
Dutch MEP Agnes Jongerius (PvdA) urgently calls for a European framework for a compulsory or collective minimum wage. The crisis has made clear how much society depends on professional groups and industries, such as nurses, the garbage collector and cleaners, she says. “There has been no shortage of appreciative gestures and expressions of thanks in recent weeks. Now is the time to turn applause into decent wages. ”
At the beginning of this year, EU Commissioner Nicolas Schmit (Jobs and Social Rights) had already announced that he will present legislative proposals this year about a guaranteed minimum wage in the EU. The European Commission emphasizes that it does not pursue a European uniform minimum wage, nor a harmonized system for all countries.
According to the European umbrella union organization ETUC, 40 percent of workers in the EU say they have suffered a loss of income since the lung disease outbreak. The organization advocates a minimum wage of at least 60 percent of the average wage in a Member State.