Minimum salaries in Europe: towards upwards social convergence!
On Wednesday 28 October the European Commission presented its legislative proposal on adequate minimum wages in the European Union;
Concerned about the growing precariousness of workers in Europe, the European Parliament had secured the new European Commission's agreement to bring forward legislation to ensure that every Member State has adequate minimum wages. This legislative proposal is a crucial first step in the fight against social inequality and unfair competition in the EU.
The European Democrats MEPs will be fully mobilised in the European Parliament to improve this proposal which, today, sets out more obligations of means rather than obligations of results for the Member States. It is essential that the mechanism chosen be made more readable and, above all, more effective. With one in 10 employees at risk of poverty in Europe and the economic crisis linked to COVID-19, Europe cannot afford to be lacking in ambition in this area.
"I am delighted that the Commission's proposal for fair minimum wages is finally on the table! It is time to put in place a social safety net so that all workers can benefit from a minimum wage that guarantees them a decent standard of living and contributes to reducing competition from low-wage earners in Europe," says French MEP Sylvie Brunet , member of the Employment and Social Affairs Committee and Vice-President of Renew Europe.
"Thanks to this directive, we will be able to reduce social dumping and improve the situation of workers - I am thinking in particular of atypical workers, those who have been particularly exposed during the pandemic, and women, who are more affected by in-work poverty. It is inconceivable that there are still minimum wages in Europe below the poverty line. We now need to convince all actors of the need to move towards upwards social convergence. "added the head of the MoDem delegation in the European Parliament.