European Commission launches ‘fair minimum wage’ initiative

On 14 January, the European Commission (EC) presented a Communication on building a Strong Social Europe for Just Transitions, setting out how social policy will help deliver on the challenges and opportunities of the European Union. In particular, the Communication proposed action at EU level for the months to come and seeks feedback on further action at all levels in the area of employment and social rights.

In this context, the Commission launched the first phase consultation with social partners on the issue of a fair minimum wage for workers in the EU. However, the European Commission ensured that there will not be a one-size-fits-all minimum wage. Any potential proposal will reflect national traditions, whether collective agreements or legal provisions. According to the EC, some countries already have excellent systems in place. The aim of the exercise is to ensure all systems are adequate, have sufficient coverage, include thorough consultation of social partners, and have an appropriate update mechanism in place. 

EBC will closely follow the initiatives and policy developments related to social affairs of the new European Commission as they will have an impact on the construction sector and our construction SMEs and craftsmen.