Poverty is a chronic ailment of society that has no cure to date. In-work poverty is a much worse state where no matter how much a citizen works, he remains poor, unable to match the living standards. Hence, the European Union of legislation has devised a strategy to tackle this hardship by hiking the minimum wage of the workers in the country to cope with the standards of living of the European nations.      

FREMONT, CA: The European Union on legislation has decided on a reasonable hike in the minimum wages of the employees to offer a decent living that would cope with the existing living standards. As per the national law and collective agreements, the parliament and council negotiators have reached an agreement to increase the minimum wage of workers in Europe to match the continent’s living standards. The amendment is likely to come into effect in the upcoming period which applies to every EU worker with an employment contract. However, countries in the EU with protected collective agreements for minimal wages will not undergo any changes in the administering of the policy.

The agreement enforces its member nations to assess and analyse the current minimum wages that are set for their employees and improvements can be done accordingly to improve the living standards of the nations.

The living standard encompasses socio-economic conditions, purchasing power, along with long-term national productivity levels and developments. In addition, member states in which less than 80% of the workforce is covered by collective agreements are obliged to devise a strategy for increasing their coverage. Simultaneously, the EU nations would strengthen sectoral and cross-industry collective bargaining to defend workers by providing them with a minimum wage.

Alongside, EU countries are undertaking several evolving measures for the application of a definite enforcement system. Hence, the nations of the EU have come together with an obligation of reliable monitoring, control and field inspections, ensuring compliance and addressing abusive sub-contracting, bogus self environment along with non-recorded overtime, and increased intensity. With most processes on the verge of success, the remaining complexities of the provisional agreement are to seek the approval of the employment and social welfare committee along with the council. Led by the negotiating team, these committee’s decisions are finalised through plenary votes.

This agreement has theorised a socio-political history in Europe. That is, with the amendment that the minimum wage for workers inside the European nations should be raised to satisfy the standards of living in the respective nations, EU legislation plays a direct role in ensuring workers’ requirements. This agreement ensures that the workers are paid at a fair square for their jobs and multiplies their paychecks which enhances the workers’ betterment.

Thus, this challenging measure eliminates in-work poverty for European citizens by granting them access to social dialogue. Thus, with a customised balancing of national particularities, common enforcement measures, and transparent, appropriate measures are also guaranteed.