The ETUC wants stronger collective bargaining systems and binding agreements at national level covering workers in both public and private sectors, including workers in SMEs, to promote quality employment, equality, decent wages, pay increases and social progress. We demand respect for all agreements concluded in the framework of social dialogue at all levels.
Workers across Europe need a pay rise. Negotiations between social partners at the relevant level are the best tool to secure good wages and working conditions. Wage-setting should remain a national matter and take place in line with national practices and industrial relations systems. In 2017-2018 the ETUC coordinated a successful Europe-wide campaign for a pay rise for all working people, but especially for lower-paid workers such as women, young people, and those living in less prosperous EU Member States (upward wage convergence). It is currently working to influence the European Commission's proposals on fair minimum wages.