EU Sources - Workers in 7 countries worse off - March 31, 2017

Workers are still not feeling economic recovery: wages are lower now than they were eight years ago in seven EU member states, according to research published today by the European Trade Union Institute (ETUI) and European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC). The research also shows that in 18 EU countries wages have grown much slower over the seven years after the crisis than in the eight years before that. In the 7 years 2009-2016 real wages (adjusted for inflation) have fallen every year by an average of 3.1 % in Greece; 1 % in Croatia; 0.9 % in Hungary; 0.7 % in Portugal; 0.6 % in Cyprus; 0.4 % in UK, and 0.3 % in Italy. The findings are contained in ‘Benchmarking Working Europe 2017’ published by the ETUI and ETUC.

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