Greece, Romania, Croatia and Cyprus are among the top five countries with the highest percentage of low-income families who can not afford even a week of vacations, according to a study by the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) entitled ” Low income leaves 35 million without holiday ».
The study was released yesterday as part of a campaign to improve workers’ incomes in the EU. summer”.
In particular, according to the ETUC study, which is based on Eurostat data, 28% of EU citizens can not afford a week off from home. This percentage increases to 59.5%, on average, among those with incomes below the poverty line (60% of the average).
The worst situation is recorded in Greece, with 88.9% of people with incomes below the poverty line (or 1.38 million) unable to afford, holidays. It is followed by Romania with 86.8% of workers living at risk of poverty (3.07 million) unable to take vacations this year. In third place is Croatia with 84.7% of people with incomes on the brink of poverty (524.29 thousand) not able to afford holidays. In fourth place, according to the ETUC is Cyprus, with 79.2% of people living on the poverty line (81.57 thousand) unable to take a vacation. Slovakia closes the top five with 76.1% and 360.71 thousand citizens.
Italy has the highest number of people in this category, with 7 million (71.2%), followed by Spain with 4.7 million (62.8%), Germany 4.37 million (31.7%). %), France 3.6 million (57.2%) and Poland 3.1 million (63.4%).
An analysis of Eurostat data by the ETUC and the ETUI found that holiday inequality has increased in 16 Member States over the past decade, between those with incomes below 60% of average and those with incomes above this threshold. The largest increases in the inequality gap were also recorded in France (+ 16%), Slovakia (+ 14%), Croatia (13.8%), Lithuania (+ 8.3%), Hungary (+ 7.9%), Cyprus (+ 7.5%). However, there are countries that reduced the gap, such as Germany (-12.6%), Estonia (-11.1%), Luxembourg (-9.3%), Austria (-3.7%).
The ETUC highlights holiday inequality as part of its efforts to strengthen the EU draft directive on adequate minimum wages and extend collective bargaining, which will be considered by the European Parliament after the summer. It is noted that the ETUC is working with MEPs to introduce a “threshold of decency” into legislation to ensure that legal minimum wages could never fall below 60% of the average salary and 50% of the average salary of any state. member, providing wage increases to over 24 million people./ibna