The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) has adopted the opinion Decent minimum wages across Europe following the European Parliament's request for an exploratory opinion.
- The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) has adopted the opinion Decent minimum wages across Europe following the European Parliament's request for an exploratory opinion.
- Figures show that about one in ten workers in the EU earn around or below the national statutory minimum wage.
- In some countries, the existing minimum wage floors are currently not sufficient for workers to be lifted out of poverty by employment alone.
- The EESC said in the opinion that it remained concerned that poverty in general and in-work poverty were still significant problems in many Member States.
- In its view, fair minimum wages could help reduce poverty among working poor people, combined with person-centred, integrated and active inclusion policies.
- Wages represent payment for work done, and are one of the factors that ensure mutual benefits for companies and workers.
- Ensuring that workers across the EU benefit from decent minimum wages must be an essential part of the EU's recovery strategy.
- For the Workers' Group, it is undisputable that all workers should be protected by fair minimum wages allowing a decent standard of living wherever they work.
- The Commission launched the first phase of the social partner consultations in January 2020, setting out a number of ways in which EU action could prove beneficial in enabling all EU workers to earn a living wage.
- In June 2020, the second-phase consultations were launched, with the Commission spelling out the policy objectives of a possible initiative: ensuring that all workers in the EU are protected by a fair minimum wage which provides them with a decent standard of living wherever they work.
- At the same time, the Commission said that access to employment would be safeguarded and the effects on job creation and competitiveness taken into account.