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Economy & Jobs 07-02-2018

German pay deal heralds end of wage restraint in Europe’s largest economy

A hard-fought deal on pay and working hours for industrial employees in southwestern Germany sets a benchmark for millions of workers across Europe's largest economy and heralds wage growth in the coming years.
Economy & Jobs 10-05-2017

Central and Eastern Europe trapped in low wage spiral

Low wages have been harming Central European economies since the crisis. According to a recent study, salaries fell to below 30% of the German average while productivity grew steadily. EURACTIV’s partner La Tribune reports.
Economy & Jobs 24-03-2017

Divides deepen between member states over posted workers bill

After a year of stalled negotiations, fresh changes to draft rules affecting workers temporarily posted to another EU country are further deepening rifts between eastern and western member states.
Economy & Jobs 14-03-2017

Erasmus+ could do more to promote gender equality

Projects promoting gender equality as part of the Erasmus+ programme have a strong positive impact, according to a French study. But the programme’s future commitment to equality is in doubt. EURACTIV France reports.

EU riven by big wage disparities

Income inequality is rife within the EU, with average wages in northern member states up to five times higher than those in Southern Europe, according to Eurostat figures published on Monday (12 December).

Employers’ chief: Juncker won’t admit he is wrong on Posted Workers Directive

The new Posted Workers Directive is not necessary but Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker will not admit he is wrong on the new rules, Renate Hornung-Draus, managing director of the Confederation of German Employers' Associations (BDA), told EURACTIV.cz.
Brexit 28-07-2016

Brexit shockwaves hit UK consumers, wages and construction

Shockwaves from Britain's vote to leave the European Union are reverberating through the economy with surveys published on Thursday (28 July) showing a sharp dive in consumer confidence and a slowdown in the construction sector.

Brussels prepares to overrule Eastern Europe on posted workers directive

The European Commission plans to reject 11 ‘yellow cards’ from the EU’s eastern member states on the new Posted Workers Directive. The debate has exposed a deep East-West divide. EURACTIV France reports.

National parliaments invoke ‘yellow card’ in response to revised Posted Workers Directive

An attempt by the European Commission to revise the contentious Posted Workers directive is likely to fail, as the national parliaments of at least ten member states from Central and Eastern Europe are reported have used a yellow card to stop the legislation.

Commission to review stand on gender pay gap this year

The EU executive will review its actions on the gender pay gap this year and may consider legislation requiring companies to be transparent about what they pay employees, a European Commission official told EURACTIV.com.

ILO: Middle class at risk

The erosion of the middle class is worrying, because it particularly hurts young people, thus leading to an intergenerational gap. But it is even more worrisome, as it does not seem to have been taken seriously enough so far, said ILO senior economist Daniel Vaughan-Whitehead.
Euro & Finance 04-09-2015

Stiglitz: ‘Inequality is holding back the American economy’

The US economic recovery is false, according to Nobel Prize winner Joseph Stiglitz. He told La Tribune that sustainable growth can only be achieved by tackling inequality, limiting the power of the financial sector, and reempowering trade unions.

German labour costs exceed EU average by one-third

The latest numbers show labour is more expensive in Germany than in many other EU member states, especially in the industrial sector, though the trend does not show any negative effects for the country’s competitiveness. EURACTIV Germany reports.

Report: Crisis has decentralised wage negotiations in many member states

Many crisis-hit EU member states have witnessed a change in their wage-setting mechanisms, going from a more collective approach across sectors to agreements at company level, according to a new report by Eurofound.
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Benchmarking Working Europe 2014

The report Benchmarking Working Europe 2014 reviews the crisis and EU austerity policies in the last five years from the point of view of Europe's social agenda.
Future EU 18-02-2013

EU wage premiums hurt potential for European added value

The debate on EU salary levels should not be discredited as a merely populist exercise. Effectively, it is also a debate on the potential future role of the EU in the provision of public goods, say Friedrich Heinemann and Stefani Weiss.

Southern Europe competitiveness gap ‘rapidly declining’: Report

Greece, Portugal and Spain are rapidly reversing the loss of wage competitiveness that was a significant cause of the eurozone crisis, new figures showed today (30 January). The report also looks at labour cost evolution in Germany, France and Britain.

Germany sees largest wage rise in nearly 4 years

German wages had their sharpest rise in nearly four years in July in stark contrast to the pay cuts and job losses seen in most of the eurozone.

Andor endorses German calls for wage increases

László Andor, the EU's commissioner for employment and social affairs, yesterday (10 May) welcomed indications that Germany is prepared to bear inflation above the European Central Bank's target level and raise wages to help the struggling peripheral eurozone.
Euro & Finance 09-03-2011

Change or lose Europe

The case for coordinating wage policy in the euro zone to avoid a proliferation of imbalances and beggar-thy-neighbour policies is overwhelming and it is alarming that it has been ignored for so long, write Frank Hoffer and Friederike Spiecker in this commentary. They conclude by setting out concrete proposals to rebalance the European economy.