5 juli 2007
EU economic and monetary affairs commissioner Joaquin Almunia has mooted the idea of minimum wages being introduced in each of the 27 member states across the European Union.
Whilst only 20 EU member states currently have a set level of minimum wages, Mr Almunia suggested that each EU member state could be obliged to fix its own appropriate level.
He conceded however that any such move is not likely to be implemented in the near future as a number of member states are currently against the idea. In the eurozone’s largest economy, Germany, salary agreements are traditionally negotiated sector by sector. It is one of the few major world economies without a minimum wage. German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s coalition government is divided over the issue.
Bron: EUobserver, 5 juli 2007
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