ETUC calls for rapid progress on minimum wage directive

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The ETUC wants to get down to work on the minimum wage directive following the long-awaited opinion from the EU Council's legal service. The opinion confirms what the ETUC has been arguing all along that a directive is possible and legally based on the protection of working conditions (Article 153(1)(b) TFEU in conjunction with Article 153(2) TFEU). The ETUC is now calling on governments to deliver and work towards a directive that will make it possible “for workers on minimum wages to make ends meet, to pay the rent, to put food on the table for them and their families.” The ETUC added: “The Directive must be improved to protect against unintended consequences and detrimental impacts and to ensure that it lives up to its stated aims, thus ensuring adequate statutory minimum wages that protect all workers and guarantees at least a decent standard of living, the respect of the right to collective bargaining and real increases in collective bargaining coverage.”

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