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Greeks face annual electrical energy payments price two month-to-month minimal wages –

Greek staff are being burdened with yearly electrical energy costs equal of two months of minimal wage, in response to figures launched by the European Commerce Union Confederation (ETUC).

Greece, along with Estonia, is the nation the place staff want essentially the most working days to repay their annual electrical energy payments, an ETUC survey discovered.

However low-paid staff are struggling essentially the most in lots of EU nations, in response to an evaluation by the ETUC.

Whereas 9.5 million staff had been already struggling to pay vitality payments earlier than the price of residing disaster started, the price of gasoline and electrical energy has risen by 38% throughout Europe in comparison with final 12 months. 

This implies staff incomes the minimal wage in 16 EU states should put aside the equal of a month’s wages or extra to maintain the lights and the heating on at house. In 2021, this was the case for eight EU nations.

The variety of days an individual incomes the minimal wage has to work to pay their vitality invoice has elevated dramatically in some nations: Estonia (+26), Netherlands (+20), Czech Republic (+17), and Latvia (+16).

In 4 nations – Slovakia, Greece, Czech Republic and Italy – the typical annual vitality invoice can also be now greater than one month’s wages for a employee incomes the typical wage.

The evaluation outcomes by the European Commerce Union Institute, the ETUC’s unbiased analysis centre, come forward of a rare assembly of EU vitality ministers on 16 September.

The ETUC calls on leaders to take decisive motion to finish unsustainable vitality worth rises in Europe with a six-point plan that was despatched to European Fee chief Ursula von der Leyen, European Council President Charles Michel and different European leaders.

The plan consists of calls for for raising wages to mirror the rising value of residing, minimal wage increases to make sure their adequacy and focused emergency funds for low-paid staff struggling to afford vitality payments, together with a ban on disconnections.

It additionally features a proposal for a cap on the price of vitality payments for residents and a tax on vitality corporations’ extra income, in addition to a suggestion to implement national and European anti-crisis assist measures to guard incomes and jobs in trade, providers and the general public sector, together with SURE-type measures to guard jobs, incomes and finance social measures to handle the disaster and honest transition processes. (Spiros Sideris |



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