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GUE/NGL in Cooperation with Forum Social Europe Conference on “The European Social Model” Brussels, 9-10 November 2005. Theses for a European Minimum Wage Policy. Dr. Thorsten Schulten. A joint Proposal made by Researchers from WSI (Germany), Denknetz (Switzerland) and IRES (France).

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theses for a european minimum wage policy

GUE/NGL in Cooperation with Forum Social EuropeConference on “The European Social Model”

Brussels, 9-10 November 2005

Theses for a European Minimum Wage Policy

Dr. Thorsten Schulten

A joint Proposal made by Researchers from WSI (Germany), Denknetz (Switzerland) and IRES (France)

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GUE/NGL in Cooperation with Forum Social EuropeConference on “The European Social Model”Brussels, 9-10 November 2005

1. The Fundamental Meaning ofMinimum Wages

2. Minimum Wages in Europe – a Brief Overview

3. Proposals for a European Minimum Wage Policy

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GUE/NGL in Cooperation with Forum Social EuropeConference on “The European Social Model”Brussels, 9-10 November 2005

Fundamental Idea of Minimum Wages:

“No business which depends for existence on paying less than living wages to its workers has any right to continue in this country. By living wages I mean more than a bare subsistence level — I mean the wages of a decent living.”

U.S.-PräsidentFranklin D. Roosevelt (1933)

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GUE/NGL in Cooperation with Forum Social EuropeConference on “The European Social Model”Brussels, 9-10 November 2005

Normative Foundations of an „Equitable“ or „Fair“ Wage:

United Nations Declaration of Human Rights (1948)

ILO Conventions on Minimum Wages (26, 131)

European Social Charta of the Council of Europe (1961) Community Charter of Fundamental Social Rights for Workers of the EU (1989)

National Constitutions (e.g. Belgium, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Czech Republic)

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GUE/NGL in Cooperation with Forum Social EuropeConference on “The European Social Model”Brussels, 9-10 November 2005

Social Aims of Minimum Wages

Defining a socially accepted Minimum Wage Level

 Limiting the Low Wage Sector

 Preventing Working Poor

 Having a more Egalitarian Wage Structure

Fighting Gender Pay Gap and other Forms of Wage Discrimination

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GUE/NGL in Cooperation with Forum Social EuropeConference on “The European Social Model”Brussels, 9-10 November 2005

Economic Function of Minimum Wages

Preventing Downward Competition on Wages

 Promoting more Productivity-oriented Strategies at Company -Level

 Stabilising Private Demand

 Counteracting Deflation

 Having almost no direct Impact on Employment !!!

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GUE/NGL in Cooperation with Forum Social EuropeConference on “The European Social Model”Brussels, 9-10 November 2005

Mode of Determination and Adjustment of Statutory Minimum Wages

  • „Pure Political“ Determination by the State (USA)
  • Political Determination by the State with Institutionalised Consultation of Trade Unions and Employers (UK, Spain, Portugal)
  • National Bipartite or Tripartite Bargaining (Belgium, Greece, Ireland)
  • Indexation of Minimum Wages to the Development of Prices and/or Average Wages(France, BeNeLux-Countries, Poland)
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GUE/NGL in Cooperation with Forum Social EuropeConference on “The European Social Model”Brussels, 9-10 November 2005

Functional Equivalents in Countries with no Statutory Minimum Wages

Scandinavian Countries:High Trade Union Density Austria: High Bargaining Coverage through Obligatory Membership within Employers’ Association

 Italy: High Bargaining Coverage de facto guaranteed by the Constitution

Germany: No Functional Equivalent !!!

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GUE/NGL in Cooperation with Forum Social EuropeConference on “The European Social Model”Brussels, 9-10 November 2005

Theses for a European Minimum Wage Policy

A Joint Proposal made by Researchers fromWirtschafts- und Sozialwissenschaftliches Institut (WSI) in der Hans-Böckler-Stiftung, Germany

Denknetz, Switzerland

Institut de Recherches Economiques et Sociales (IRES), France

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GUE/NGL in Cooperation with Forum Social EuropeConference on “The European Social Model”Brussels, 9-10 November 2005

Wage Policy in Europe

Wages purely viewed as Cost Factors

 Wages as a Key Variable for Competitiveness

General Tendency towards Wage Moderation

 Increasing Wage Dispersion

 Extension of Low Wage Sector and Working Poor

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GUE/NGL in Cooperation with Forum Social EuropeConference on “The European Social Model”Brussels, 9-10 November 2005

Community Charter of Fundamental Social Rights for Workers of the EU from 1989

Right for an equitable wage:

“All employment shall be fairly remunerated. To this end, in accordance with arrangements applying in each country, workers shall be assured of an equitable wage i.e. a wage sufficient to enable them to have a decent standard of living“ (Title 1, 5).

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GUE/NGL in Cooperation with Forum Social EuropeConference on “The European Social Model”Brussels, 9-10 November 2005

European Norm for National Minimum Wages

60% of the Average National Wage

50% as a Short-Term Interim Target

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GUE/NGL in Cooperation with Forum Social EuropeConference on “The European Social Model”Brussels, 9-10 November 2005

Implementation of a European Minimum Wage Policy

Political Level: EU

Open Method of Coordination

Trade Union Level: European Coordination of Collective Bargaining

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GUE/NGL in Cooperation with Forum Social EuropeConference on “The European Social Model”Brussels, 9-10 November 2005

Implementation of a European Minimum Wage Policy via the Open Method of Coordination

European level:

Determination of joint Targets and Time Schedules

 Monitoring and Evaluation of National Initiatives

National level:

 National Action Plans to reach European Targets

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GUE/NGL in Cooperation with Forum Social EuropeConference on “The European Social Model”Brussels, 9-10 November 2005

Implementation of a European Minimum Wage Policy via Coordination of Collective Bargaining

European level:

Determination of joint Targets for National Bargaining

 Monitoring and Evaluation of National Bargaining Policy

National level:

 National Trade Union Campaigns to reach European Targets

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