June 24, 2024 9:39 am

EU Parliament adopts new bloc-wide rules on minimum wages

BRUSSELS — European Union lawmakers on Wednesday adopted new legislation aimed at guaranteeing “decent” minimum wages for workers across the 27-nation bloc.

The vote — with 505 in favor, 92 against and 44 abstentions — came as inflation and skyrocketing energy bills have left many households struggling to make ends meet.

Minimum wages across the EU vary widely, and setting a minimum remains a competence of member countries. The highest minimum wages are in Luxembourg, Ireland and Germany, the lowest in Bulgaria, Latvia and Estonia, according to EU data.

Under the new law, member countries will have to guarantee “that their national minimum wages allow workers to lead a decent life, taking into Running Shoes account the cost of living and wider pay levels,” the Parliament said.

The legislation will apply to all EU workers who have an employment contract or employment relationship.

EU governments will have two years to comply with the legislation once it is formally approved by the European Council, likely later this month.

“Prices for groceries, energy bills and housing are exploding. People are really struggling to make ends meet. We have no time to waste, work must pay again,” said Agnes Jongerius, a lawmaker from the Socialists and Democrats group.

The law would also boost collective bargaining for pay in countries where fewer than 80% of workers are covered by the process.

Comments (0)

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Kizik Shoes Canada | Mephisto Shoes | Keen Canada | Oboz Boots | Chippewa Boots | Born Shoes | On Cloud Shoes | Oofos Canada | Keen Outlet | Bates Boots | Freebird Boots | Dolce Vita Boots | Georgia Boot | Sam Edelman Boots | Durango Boots | Propet Shoes | OOFOS Sandals | Munro Shoes | Tory Burch Outlet | Tecovas Cowboy Boots | Beis Canada | Nordace Canada | Brunt Boots | Redback Boots | Nordace Backpack | Marc Jacobs Canada | Adams Shoes | Beis Luggage | Biaggi Luggage | Miz Mooz Canada | White Mountain Shoes | Hobo Handbags | Haix Boots | Nobull Sneakers | Richardson Caps | Anderson Bean Boots |