After Spain, Germany also takes the chair and the Draghi government is giving a new lesson on the subject of welfare and work. The German parliament has decided that from next October 1st the legal minimum wage will rise to 12 euros per hour. It is currently 9.82 euros. In July it will rise to € 10.45.

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In Italy, the M5S has long ago filed a bill to introduce the minimum wage

In autumn the new retouch upwards. And in Italy, the M5S is being asked, which has long since filed for first signature Nunzia Catalfo (former Minister of Labor) a bill to introduce the minimum wage, what happens? For now, everything is stalled. Italy is not only one of the very few EU member states that does not have a minimum wage law but it is also the country that has the negative record in Europe in terms of wages. In 30 years with us they have fallen by 2.90% while in Germany they have grown by 33.70%, in France by 31.10%, in Ireland by 85%. Not only.

Employment growth is driven by precarious and discontinuous work. A result that is the result of old reforms, which have focused everything on unchecked flexibility, and ultimately on the dismantling of the Dignity decree of the Conte government by the Best. Not to mention that there are not a few recipients of citizenship income who are poor workers.

Surely today, due to the pressing of the Five Stars, the debate on the minimum wage begins to widen but the road continues to be paved with obstacles. The leader of the pentastellati, Giuseppe Conte, he insists: “We must intervene immediately – he said – the bill is in the Senate. The law can be approved in a short time “. Leu is there.

The Democratic Party hesitates. Or better Enrico Letta, who has realized that the problem has become unavoidable, continues to repeat that the ideal would be to approve the minimum wage within this legislature otherwise – he promises – he will insert it into the dem project for the next elections. But he doesn’t tell it all, because part of his party has hindered him so far. Let’s say the wing furthest to the left because they didn’t want to go against the unions, the liberal wing because they didn’t want to go too far behind a battle of the M5S and because they were more inclined to let the market decide.

But now the unions too, or at least some of them, seem to wake up. So far worried about losing portions of power in bargaining, faced with the problem of wages at the stake, they are starting to open up even to the minimum wage. Thus the CGIL and the Uil as long as this is included in the framework of the contracts “with all the rights” that they provide. They practically open to the proposal of Andrea Orlando.

The Minister of Labor suggests extending the application of the overall remuneration of the most representative contracts in a sector to all workers in that sector. But even in the face of this proposal we will have to deal with the resistance of Confindustria and also of a part of the trade union, namely the CISL.

Orlando’s proposal, however, if it is already a step forward, stops, so to speak, for a moment before the last step. The Five Stars agree to extend erga omnes the overall economic treatment of the most representative collective agreements: this is also provided for by the Catalfo bill. But in addition they provide that if the leader contract is below a certain poverty threshold, the obligation of the minimum hourly wage threshold of 9 euros will intervene.

Orlando, however, announces a table with the social partners on “poor work” and also looks at the European directive on minimum wages: on Monday it will be at the center of negotiations between the Commission, the European Parliament and the States, and the French presidency of the EU Council intends to formally approve it on the 16th June. Yesterday also the EU commissioner Paolo Gentiloni he said that “the minimum wage is essential”.

But the center-right does not go down and is ready to oppose the Senate Commission, where the balance in numbers is precarious. “The minimum wage must not be a taboo but you have to see how it is done”, notes the Minister of Economic Development, the Northern League Giancarlo Giorgetti. “We are against – explains the senator of FI Roberta Toffanin -. To ensure greater purchasing power for workers, the tax wedge must be reduced and the citizen’s income revised, which blocks the system ”.

At this point, the work in the Commission could be unlocked by the Government on Competition and tax reform, even if the risk of “accordicchio” by the Best is always around the corner.

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