Politics and Analysis
Why is the Confederation of Danish Employers against a European minimum wage?
2. March 2020
The European Commission is currently working to introduce a statutory European minimum wage. The Confederation of Danish Employers is against a statutory European minimum wage being introduced in Denmark. Director of European and International Affairs at the Confederation of Danish Employers Christiane Mißlbeck-Winberg explains why here.
The European Commission’s plans to introduce a European minimum wage have not been well received in Denmark. The Confederation of Danish Employers as well as trade unions and the Danish government are against the Danish labour market being subject to a European minimum wage.
“Fundamentally, we believe that wages should be determined as close as at all possible to the people they affect. That means employees and employers,” explains Director of European and International Affairs at the Confederation of Danish Employers Christiane Mißlbeck-Winberg.
The concern is that a European minimum wage may undermine the successful Danish labour market model.
“We can also see that this model has meant that we have one of the world’s most secure, stable, adaptable and peaceful labour markets. This is the model that we will be gambling with if we start to play with the idea of a statutory European minimum wage,” says Christiane Mißlbeck-Winberg.