ETUC calls for end to minimum wage exclusions

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Workers in half of EU member states are denied the full statutory minimum wage because of their age, occupation or because they are workers with a disability, ETUC research has found. Age is the most common criterion with eight member states deducting up to 70% of the real rate for under-21s. Some member states also allow discrimination against seasonal workers, domestic workers, seafarers or workers with disabilities. The European Commission’s impact assessment of its draft directive on adequate minimum wages states that, rather than facilitating access to the labour market, variations from the statutory minimum wage “can exacerbate existing inequalities for vulnerable groups of workers.” The ETUC wants to ensure that the directive will outlaw these kinds of exclusions and reductions.

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