These showed that average wages in Italy, Spain, Greece, Portugal, Croatia and Cyprus were lower in 2019 than 2010. The ETUC defines wages as the actual remuneration per employee — that is payment, employers’ social insurance contributions and benefits to employees adjusted for inflation.
Average wage packages adjusted for inflation fell by 15% in Greece, 7% in Cyprus, 5% in Croatia, 4% in Spain and Portugal and 2% in Italy.
They were practically frozen in Finland +0.1% and Belgium and Nethwerlands (1.5% in both countries).
“Workers in six EU countries are worse off than 10 years ago,” said Esther Lynch, ETUC deputy general secretary.
“EU leaders like to talk of a so-called recovery, but the crisis has not ended for millions of workers in many EU countries. The EU can do much more to promote an increase in wages and in minuimum salaries and to support stronger collective agreements in nearly all EU member states,” she added.