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European minimum standards

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All EU Member States face social challenges, even if not to the same degree. There are people who despite having a job live in poverty, and who work in indecent conditions. The EU can and should therefore ensure a common minimum level of social standards.

The number of working poor is expected to increase as an effect of the crisis across the EU. Minimum wage have proven to address that successfully, even if not entirely. In the PES  therefore insists on strong rules that guarantee equal pay for equal work and sets out the need for decent minimum wages in all EU member states. The minimum wage is to be agreed either by law or through collective bargaining and shall apply both to citizens and migrant workers.

In order to limit disproportionate hours of work and ensure periods of rest and protect workers’ health and safety, we need legal instruments at European level. These rights must not fall prey to the cutting red tape agenda. The PES promotes decent working time that meets health and safety standards, and a fair work-life balance.

The PES supports the establishment of a genuine EU platform against undeclared work to strengthen the cooperation and reinforcement of labour inspectoion across Europe. Not only does undeclared work mean lost revenues in taxes and benefits to the state, but it also leaves workers without protection and makes them more vulnerable to exploitation. 


What we are fighting for
Read the PES Common Manifesto for the European Elections 2014

Our Campaigns


In some countries as many as one young person out of two cannot find a job. We are calling for a European Youth Guarantee as a way to tackle youth unemployment.



Campaign info

5.7 million young people are currently unemployed in Europe and an additional 1.5 million are forced into precarious jobs. In some countries as many as one young person out of two cannot find a job.

The campaign “Your future is my future – a European Youth Guarantee now” is calling for a European Youth Guarantee as a way to tackle youth unemployment.

Campaign Material

  • Toolkit (EN)
  • PES guide on youth guarantee (EN)
  • PES appeal for a European Youth Guarantee (EN), (FR)
  • PES report: Combating Youth Unemployment (EN), (FR), (ES)
  • Factsheet on Youth Unemployment among Women (EN)
  • Campaign flyer (EN), (FR), (DE), (ES), (NL), (PT), (HU)

Campaign Video

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