Briefing finds minimum wage directive already having an impact

Europe

In its latest briefing on the Adequate Minimum Wage Directive, the European Trade Union Institute (ETUI) finds that the legislation is already having an impact even before it is fully transposed in all member states. According to the ETUI, the Directive’s double decency threshold for adequate minimum wages of 60% of the gross median wage and 50% of the gross average wage has already influenced developments at national level. The briefing cites examples from Bulgaria, Croatia, Germany, Hungary, Romania and the Netherlands where the double threshold or at least one element of it is being taken into account in minimum wage setting or being used in trade union demands to increase the statutory minimum wage. Of those countries with a statutory minimum wage only Slovenia currently meets the double threshold and so there is some way to go to ensure higher rates across Europe.

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