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Local Pay for Workers Demanded Across Europe

The European Commission has proposed that workers posted from one European Union country to work in another should be entitled to the same pay as local employees, not just the host country’s minimum wage.

An average hour of work costs an employer 40.30 euros ($A59.45) in Denmark and 39.10 euros in Belgium, but only 3.80 euros in Bulgaria, 4.60 euros in Romania or 8.40 euros in Poland, according to Eurostat data for 2014, the most recent available.

A construction firm from Latvia, where the average hourly labour cost is 6.60 euros, can, therefore, pay much more than that to its Latvian employees to carry out a contract in Sweden, where the hourly cost is 37.40 euros, and still remain competitive compared to Swedish companies

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