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Key Points

  • The European Parliament implemented new rules aimed at protecting the rights of workers throughout the European Union (EU)


The European Parliament adopted new rules for minimum wage requirements for member states throughout the European Union (EU). The regulations specifically focus on the following:

  • Member states must set a statutory minimum wage to at least 60% of the gross median and 50% of the average salary. This may result in increases in the minimum wage in some European countries.
  • Member states where fewer than 80% of workers are covered by collective bargaining will have to establish an action plan to increase coverage for workers
  • Member states have been advised to establish enforcement systems that include reliable monitoring and appropriate penalties

According to the update, EU member states with minimum wages already protected exclusively via collective agreements will not be obligated to introduce these new rules. For additional information on the new legislation, check here.

What are the Changes?

According to the EU, the new legislation aims to better protect working and living conditions for all workers throughout the EU and promote economic and social progress by strengthening collective bargaining abilities. Member states are expected to respect national wage-setting practices.

Looking Ahead

Continue to check the European Commission’s website for additional information and updates.

Written by: Jessie Butchley, Global Immigration Writer, Envoy Global
Source: The European Commission

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