The European minimum wage it was definitively approved by Parliament with 505 votes in favor, 92 against and 44 abstentions. The Council is expected to formally approve the agreement in September, and then the text will become law. EU countries will have two years from publication in the European Official Journal to comply with the directive.
The aim is to ensure a decent standard of living, taking into account the cost of living and the broadest levels of remuneration. EU rules will respect national wage-setting practices. Besides, it will be collective bargaining strengthened in countries where less than 80% of workers are involved. But what changes for the salary of Italians?
European minimum wage approved: what will happen in Italy? The consequences on the salary of workers
In reality, it is still not clear what will happen in Italy. The political elections of 25 September they will lead the scales. Basically, the Democratic Party proposes a minimum wage of 9 euros per hour, the same figure also proposed by the 5 Star Movement. Sinistra Italiana and Verdi propose a minimum wage of € 10 per hour (corresponding to € 1,200 per month), while the other parties remain on more vague formulas, proposing “adequate and fair wages”.
The directive states that it is not necessary by law to set a minimum if the coverage of collective agreements it reaches 80% of workers, and in Italy the ceiling has already been reached. For this reason, the directive continues, one could opt for the reinforcement and extension to all workers of the minimums already established for each sector.
The Minister of Labor Orlando had already tried to do so, also with meetings with the social partners, but the agreement did not go through with the fall of the government.
Laura FerraraM5S MEP, said in a note:
“The skyrocketing inflation and expensive energy are reducing the purchasing power of citizens, so we must not waste any more time and aim to transpose the directive as soon as possible. Italy has two years to do so, but for us it must be the priority of the new Italian Parliament. The minimum wage must be introduced into our system by the end of the year. This directive also represents one anti-dumping measure to the advantage of Italian companies because it identifies general and shared criteria for setting wages and increases the coverage of very low collective bargaining in some Eastern countries. “CopyAMP code.
In the agreed text, the obligation for EU countries to establish a reliable monitoring systemfield checks and inspections, to ensure compliance and combat abusive subcontracting, bogus self-employment, unregistered overtime or increased work intensity.
The minimum wage in Europe
Currently in Europe, out of 27 countries there are 21 where national minimum wages are provided, naturally of different amounts. The other six (Austria, Cyprus, Denmark, Finland, Italy and Sweden) determine wage levels on the basis of collective wage bargaining.
According to Eurostat data, the lowest is Bulgaria’s minimum wage (332 euros), the highest is in Luxembourg (2,257 euros). In general, the highest minimum wages are granted in Luxembourg, Ireland and Germany; the lowest in Bulgaria, Latvia and Estonia.
The minimum wage remains below 1,000 euros in (East, Baltics, Greece, Portugal), it rises slightly, remaining between 1,000 and 1,500 euros in Slovenia and Spain.