New campaign: Europe needs a pay rise – it’s time for our recovery

Wednesday 15 February 2017

Corporate Europe has recovered from the crisis but workers haven’t seen a pay rise in years.

For too long, leaders and employers have pitted workers against each other in a wage race to the bottom. More money in the pockets of workers isn’t only good for workers – it creates demand that will trickle-up the economy resulting in faster growth and a fairer economy.

To make this happen – the European trade union movement has launched the campaign ‘It’s time for OUR Recovery – Europe needs a pay rise.’

A pay rise for European workers is a matter of social justice. Today, wealth and wage inequality is on the rise and workers’ rights such as collective bargaining – the best way to get a pay rise – should be encouraged and promoted by all – not come under attack as it has in recent years.

That is why the European trade union movement has banded together in this campaign to make sure workers get their pay rise.

‘We need this pay rise campaign to strengthen bargaining power and the reach of sectoral collective agreements – that enhance equality and strengthen the middle class in Europe, said Oliver Roethig, UNI Europa Regional Secretary. ‘UNI Europa will actively participate in the campaign and work closely together with our affiliates to bring the campaign to the shopfloor, mobilising workers across Europe. It’s time for our recovery!’

Check out the website and the campaign video and sign up to support the campaign here and follow the campaign on Facebook and Twitter under #OurPayRise.