Europe - Council adopts EU directive on adequate minimum wages

The Council of the EU gave its final green light to a directive that will promote the adequacy of statutory minimum wages and thus help to achieve decent working and living conditions for employees in Europe. The directive establishes procedures for the adequacy of statutory minimum wages, promotes collective bargaining on wage setting and enhances the effective access to minimum wage protection for those workers who are entitled to a minimum wage under national law. In order to increase collective bargaining coverage, the Directive obliges Member States with a coverage of less than 80 per cent to take measures to increase it. This includes national action plans that contain a clear timetable and concrete measures to gradually increase bargaining coverage.

Croatia - Agreement on pay rise for public and state services

Nine of the eleven unions participating in the collective bargaining in public and civil services have signed addenda to the collective agreements according to which the base salary will increase by 6% in October and another 2% in April 2023. In addition, the Christmas bonus and holiday allowance were increased to HRK 1,750 (€232), as well as a gift for children that will amount to €100. Among the two unions that rejected the Government's offer and the signing of the supplement is the Preporod Union, which asked for the opinion of its members, of which 65% rejected it.

Estonia - Healthcare sector wages rose by up to 10%

According to a recent survey healthcare workers saw an average wage increase year-on-year in all major occupational groups in the first quarter of 2022. The survey, conducted by the National Institute for Health Development (TAI), found that the median monthly salary of doctors, including all bonuses, stood at €3,681 in March 2022, for nurses and midwives the figure was €2,048 and for caregivers it was €1,346. These figures represented a growth year-on-year of between 6% and 10%, though the annual growth of the median monthly salary slowed down, especially for nurses and midwives and care workers.

Finland - Unions agree with municipal employers over nurses’ pay

Trade unions Tehy and SuPer have agreed to a settlement with municipal employers that includes pay developments over five years, COVID-19 compensation payments and other improvements to working conditions. The average salary in the health and social services sector will increase by at least 17.3% over five years, with an increase of 15.3% in the first three years. There will be a separate one-off payment of €600 for those who were involved in treating COVID-19 patients. The unions say that a practical nurse will see their salary rise from the current €2,255 to over €2,600 and that of a nurse from €2,625 to over €3,000.

Germany - Agreement on double wage hike and bonus in chemical sector

The employers of the chemical and pharmaceutical industry agreed with the trade union IG BCE on two wage hikes of 3.25%, one for the beginning of 2023 and the other a year later. The employers’ organisation BAVC said in a statement that the agreement for 580,000 employees, which runs for 20 months until June 2024, struck a balance between the need to stay competitive and workers' interests. The deal, which also includes one-off tax-free payments worth a combined €3,000, allows companies to postpone the hikes by up to three months in economic hardship. In total, special payments and regular pay increases result in a net increase of an average of 12.94%, and in the lowest pay group it is even 15.64%