EU social partners in central/federal governments, representing some 8 million employees, have agreed a joint contribution to the Commission’s first phase consultation of Social Partners on a possible action related to fair minimum wages.
This follows a discussion with the European Commission on its Consultation at the Social Dialogue Committee meeting on 13 February last.
While not taking a position on a specific EU initiative, the unions led by EPSU and 18 central/federal governments in their capacity as employers welcome the Consultation as an opportunity to implement, with EU social partners, principle 6 on fair wages of the European Pillar of Social Rights.
They agree that the right to collective bargaining especially at sectoral level and the autonomy of social partners are essential to achieve fairer wages and need to be promoted and respected.
After a decade of public sector cuts in wages, jobs and trade union rights, the contribution seeks to send a positive message towards better working and living conditions, shared economic prosperity, gender pay equality and sustainable funding of social protection systems across the EU
Text of the SDC CGA contribution to EC consultation is available here in EN