(14 January 2020) The European Commission today published its much consultation that is anticipated on “possible action handling the difficulties associated with reasonable minimum wages” but its key proposals show to be disappointing for trade unions.
The Commission notes that “collective bargaining is a vital section of the social market economy and a stronger foundation once and for all wage environment. ”
During the exact same time, it acknowledges that statutory minimum wages do not allow for a good living, with numerous employees on insufficient wages. They don’t reap the benefits of efficiency gains throughout the market nor share into the earnings of these businesses. The paper additionally understands that wage inequalities have become and that sets of workers have actually little if any bargaining power whilst not all EU governments respect collective bargaining.
EPSU stocks a lot of this analysis and as a consequence discovers it profoundly disappointing that the Commission’s paper is in short supply of proposals to cope with this dilemmas. It falls in short supply of just what workers anticipate through the Commission because it will not challenge the asymmetries in energy between employees as well as the companies.
This new Commission President Ursula Von der Leyen caused it to be a priority “to make sure that every worker within our Union has a good minimum wage. ” The assessment paper analyses why minimal wages matter, that the specific situation for low wage employees has worsened and that wage inequalities have actually increased. Employees on part-time work, on-call work as well as other non-standard kinds of work are susceptible and subjected to the possibility of in-work poverty. Read more