The minimum wage — fit for the Nordic region?
«Modern slavery» is how truck driver Freddy Welle describes the working conditions he encounters on Swedish roads. EU countries want to introduce a statutory minimum wage to combat unacceptable working conditions. So does the Swedish Transport Union. The fight against social dumping is intensifying in the Nordic countries, but statutory minimum wages are not on the agenda. Instead the unions want to continue using collective bargaining. “Nordic countries should stop thinking a statutory minimum wage for the EU would be tantamount to saying goodbye to the Nordic model,” says Bente Sorgenfrey, President for the Council of Nordic Trade Unions. The Nordic Labour Journal takes the challenge and makes the statuary minimum waget this month's focus.