The attached document provides the answers of the industries represented by Ceemet on the 1st phase social partner consultation under article 154 TFEU on a possible action addressing the challenges related to fair minimum wages
Ceemet´s key messages
Ceemet generally agrees with the identified factual issues
The Commission must clearly define core terminology of this consultation: "fair minimum wages"; "adequate minimum wages", "in-work poverty" etc.
There is no legal basis for an EU action in this area.
An EU action in this area risks to breach social partner autonomy.
A -potentially politically motivated- EU action in this area risks to weaken the role of social partners and eventually weaken collective bargaining, the coverage of collective agreements and negotiated fair wages.
An EU action in this area could be detrimental since this is a complex issue that goes beyond the Single Market and could have a negative impact on competitiveness, productivity and thus employment.
Adequate conditions to support a stronger social partnership, including capacity building of social partners, should be put in place.
The EU should allocate more funds to support capacity building of social partners.
The involvement of social partners in the setting and updating of statutory minimum wages in Member States where statutory minimum wages exist should be reinforced.
The involvement of social partners in the European Semester should be strengthened.
The EU should encourage Member States to address the challenges related to fair minimum wages through the European Semester/Country Specific Recommendations, including as applicable, via reducing the taxes and social security contributions