News > ETUC: Workers in 8 EU countries worse off than 10 years ago!

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  • 28th March 2019 - 11:00 GMT

ETUC: Workers in 8 EU countries worse off than 10 years ago!

ETUC reports the results of a new study by the European Trade Union Institute (ETUI), which shows that average wages in UK, Italy, Spain, Greece, Portugal, Hungary, Croatia and Cyprus were lower in 2018 than in 2009.

It also shows that real wages have stood still – with zero increase – in Belgium and Finland – over the same period.

The figures show that average wages, adjusted for inflation, went down 2009-19 by

  • 23% in Greece
  • 11% in Croatia
  • 7% in Cyprus
  • 4% in Portugal
  • 3% in Spain
  • 2% in Italy
  • 1% in Hungary
  • 1% in UK
  • 0 change in Belgium and Finland

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