On the first of their biannual meeting, the trade union confederation leaders addressed issues of the implementation phase of the 20 principles of The European Pillar of Social Rights. They furthermore informed each other about the main social, economic and political challenges in the V4 countries. Also, the European platform for wage convergence and the ETUC initiative „European Alliance for Upward Wage Convergence” were discussed.
The meeting was attended by ETUC confederal secretary Liina Carr, who explained positions and policy initiatives of ETUC towards the wage convergence, and Szabolcs Takács, Hungarian Minister of State for EU Affairs, who spoke about Hungarian policies to establish fair wages and a decent standard of living.
In the end of the meeting the Visegrad trade unionists discussed and adopted a joint statement demanding the close-down of the East-West pay gap, an increase in real incomes and a reduction of social and economic inequalities. They will initiate negotiations in their countries in order to implement the European Pillar of Social Rights in practice aiming at making it a successful enterprise. In this sense it will be necessary to enforce democratic conditions at the workplace as well as to ensure well-functioning labour relations, social dialogue, tripartism and collective bargaining.