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Wage developments and policies

Developments in wages and influencing the (direct and indirect) wage policies of governments are core activities of trade unions. In most (though not all countries) there has been growing wage inequality in the run up to the crisis, and declines in real average wages have occurred since the crisis.

A longer-term issue is that of the convergence/divergence of wages and living standards across Europe. The ETUI conducts comparative research on wage developments and wage policies, and also on how the distribution of wages has changed over time.

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