Most EU workers receive smaller slice of GDP than 10 years ago

Workers in two-thirds of EU, including Cyprus, receive smaller share of their country’s GDP than 10 years ago

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Workers in two-thirds of EU member states are receiving a smaller share of their country’s GDP than they were at the beginning of the decade, according to figures published today by ETUC, the European Trade Union Confederation.

ETUC says that according to European Commission statistics the wage share to GDP ratio – a key indicator of inequality – has fallen in 18 member states between 2010 and 2019.

“Ireland saw the biggest fall in the percentage of GDP paid out in wages at 19%, ahead of Croatia (11), Cyprus (6), Portugal (5) and Malta (5).”

Ireland saw the biggest fall in the percentage of GDP paid out in wages at 19%, ahead of Croatia (11), Cyprus (6), Portugal (5) and Malta (5).

In Cyprus, the wage to GDP ratio has fallen in 2019 to 49.7% from 55.7% in 2009 or by -6 points. In Greece, the same ratio has fallen to 49.6% in 2019 from 54.1% in 2009 or by -4.5 points.

“In Cyprus, the wage to GDP ratio has fallen in 2019 to 49.7% from 55.7% in 2009 or by -6 points.”

The ETUC is highlighting these figures, which show working people are receiving a smaller share of the economic prosperity they help create, during the European Commission’s consultation on fair minimum wages.

Ursula von der Leyen has pledged that the new European Commission will create an ‘economy that works for people’, which is a laudable goal that we fully support. But the Commission’s figures show that people in most member states are receiving a smaller share of the wealth they work hard to generate than they were at the start of the decade.

So von der Leyen will need to bring forward game-changing proposals that drive up wages across Europe to deliver on her pledge. Raising statutory minimum wages in the countries where they exist would be a start, but workers also need the right to join a trade union and bargain collectively in order to get a genuinely fair share”, ETUC Deputy General Secretary Esther Lynch noted.

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