Fair Minimum Wages: A Legal and Political Struggle for EU

By M. Apelblat February 9, 2020

Ensuring that every worker in the EU has a fair minimum wage is a priority for the new European Commission but actions to achieve the objective across Europe meets opposition from some member states. Any legislation on pay also needs a legal basis in the EU Treaty.

In her political guidelines, Commission president Ursula von der Leyen promised that she would propose a legal instrument for fair minimum wage within the first 100 days of her mandate. How that would be achieved was less clear and she left the door open for both statutory minimum wages and collective bargaining.

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