The EU‘s proposed bloc-wide rule on the minimal wage has sparked fury in Sweden and Denmark. The federal government in Copenhagen has mentioned the EU’s intention to weigh in on a minimum-wage framework throughout the bloc could be greater than Denmark is prepared to swallow. In an interview with Bloomberg, Danish Employment Minister Peter Hummelgaard Thomsen mentioned sovereignty over labour market legal guidelines has all the time been a situation of Denmark’s EU membership. He added that Denmark is able to struggle the EU to take care of that independence.
This anger has additionally been seen in Sweden, as Stockholm urged seven different member states other than the Danes to affix its letter to the EU’s rotating presidency opposing the directive.
Whereas the directive would not pressure a set a minimal wage determine, it does require all member states to determine procedures for “satisfactory” minimal wages.
However in nations like Sweden and Denmark, a system of collective bargaining has lengthy been most well-liked.
Hans Dahlgren, Sweden’s European affairs minister, informed Euronews in October: “If the unions and the employers wish to negotiate collective agreements yearly or each two years, that has labored very properly.
“There was only a few days misplaced in industrial motion…so I feel that is one of the simplest ways for us…we do not need this directive.”
Valdis Dombrovskis, vice chairman of the European Fee disagreed.
He mentioned: “Minimal wages work, and it’s time that work paid.
“For the reason that monetary disaster, those that earn the least have suffered essentially the most when it comes to not reaping the advantages of financial development.”
The European Commerce Union Confederation mentioned: “The employees all through the EU, specifically within the east, are as productive as within the west however they don’t seem to be getting their fair proportion, so that’s the reason the availability with [the] proper to collective bargaining is absolutely necessary as a result of that’s the main distinction.
“I’ve been a minimal wage employee and it’s powerful work. I feel it’s actually actually necessary that this directive shouldn’t be allowed to placed on the lengthy finger or that these forces, who appear to be fairly comfy and wish to hold exploitative decrease charges of pay as an choice, that we put an finish to that.”
Regardless of this, Mr Sundstrom mentioned he didn’t assume a ‘Swexit’ can be attainable for Sweden, because the nation’s financial system is smaller than the UK’s.
He added: “The UK was a harder companion to the EU than Sweden will be.
“There isn’t any query of Sweden managing economically exterior the EU, we’ve way more to lose.
“The UK is a giant financial system, a world energy in lots of respects. However Sweden is a small export-dependent nation, we merely must align with EU nations.”