EU sources -Report on minimum wages in Europe -October 23, 2014

A study published by the Friedrich Ebert foundation reveals that so far minimum wages in many European countries are set at rather low levels and are thus insufficient to prevent income poverty.

A study published by the Friedrich Ebert foundation reveals that so far minimum wages in many European countries are set at rather low levels and are thus insufficient to prevent income poverty. Thorsten Schulten, the author, pleads for a European Wage Policy that leads to an agreement on a European Minimum Wage Norm. Such Norm could establish minimum wages as a certain percentage of national median or average wages. This European Minimum Wage Norm according to which all national minimum wages should at least be equivalent to 60% of national median wages would affect about 28 million workers or 16 per cent of the overall European workforce. It could contribute to a better coordination of wages in Europe.

English: http://library.fes.de/pdf-files/id-moe/11008.pdf  

 

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