The EU’s poverty nightmare: Nearly a third of the population can’t afford a week-long vacation.
A frightening survey has found that over 30% of Europeans are so poor that they can’t afford a week’s vacation.
The European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) discovered that 28% of EU citizens, or 35 million individuals, do not earn enough to take an annual vacation. According to the report, the proportion jumps to 60% for workers living in poverty.
According to the research, 89 percent of workers in Greece who are at danger of poverty are unable to afford a vacation.
Romania (87 percent), Croatia (85 percent), Cyprus (79 percent), and Slovakia (76 percent) scored somewhat lower, according to the ETUC.
France, the Czech Republic, and Bulgaria were also mentioned as countries with a large number of citizens in this category.
The gap between rich and poor has also widened inside countries, according to the report.
It indicated that the wealth gap between the poorest workers and the remainder has widened in 16 member states over the last decade.
“A holiday should not be a luxury for the few,” said ETUC deputy general secretary Esther Lynch.
“While many workers are spending their vacation time with friends and family, millions are losing out due to low income.
“The rise in vacation inequality demonstrates how the advantages of Europe’s economic progress over the last decade have not been evenly distributed.
“The EU’s sufficient minimum wage directive needs to be strengthened to ensure that salaries are never so low that workers are forced to live in poverty, and that collective bargaining is made a standard part of the job to assure truly fair wages for all.”
“Working together for good employment, greater pay, and a greener planet!” the trade union later tweeted.
“Our new research finds that low income leaves at least 35 million people unable to afford a vacation.
“To ensure that holidays aren’t only a luxury for the few next summer, the EU must set a decency standard for minimum wages and improve collective bargaining.”
The ETUC is now urging Brussels to enhance a European directive to boost low salaries in the EU, following the publication of its conclusions yesterday.
It wants a “decency threshold” adopted, ensuring that statutory minimum wages in any member state are never less than 60% of the median salary and 50% of the average wage.
Currently, 17 EU member states have a statutory minimum wage that is less than the EU average. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”