The European Commission has taken the first step towards a common framework for setting minimum wages in EU member states, which is causing concern among Swedish politicians, who argue that Brussel’s intervention could ultimately lead to lower wages among the workforce.
Although Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said last summer that the Swedish model of collective bargaining would be safeguarded, critics are set to challenge the EU proposal.
Moderate MEP Tomas Tobé, who fears the Commission will eventually issue a directive on statutory minimum wages, instead of a non-binding resolution, intends to try and gain a majority in the European Parliament to block the move, saying it would be “difficult” to try and determine “what is the right salary level in Bulgaria, Sweden and Denmark.
While understanding that the Commission believes minimum wages must be raised, Social Democrat MEP Johan Danielsson points out that statistics show Sweden, and other countries with collective bargaining, have the highest minimum wages.
The Commission will launch its consultation this week.
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