Corporate Europe has recovered from the crisis but while the top 1% reap almost all the economic gains, workers haven’t seen a pay rise in years.
To turn the tide, the European trade union movement has launched the campaign ‘It’s time for OUR Recovery – Europe needs a pay rise’.
Rather than costing jobs, wage rises across Europe would increase confidence and economic demand while creating more jobs. A pay rise for European workers is a matter of social justice. Today, wealth and wage inequality is on the rise and workers’ rights such as collective bargaining – the best way to get a pay rise – should be encouraged and promoted by all – not come under attack as in recent years.
Commenting on the campaign launch, Harald Wiedenhofer, EFFAT’s Secretary General said: ‘A EU pay rise campaign is what European workers need right now. Time has come to overcome the brutal consequences of the austerity policy. Policy makers and employers must realise that a pay rise would spur domestic demand, stimulate growth and foster investment’.
EFFAT and the Trade Union Federations will closely work with the ETUC and join forces to make sure that workers get what they deserve. It’s time for a pay rise, it’s time for OUR recovery.
Follow the campaign under #OurPayRise