Since the launch of the Lisbon Strategy, the ETUC together with the ETUI-REHS has produced an annual Benchmarking publication for the European Social Summit. Its aim is to establish what progress has been made in selected areas of importance to workers and which are of crucial significance for a Social Europe.
This year’s report tackles the issue of Europe’s social reality. It highlights in particular the issues of quality employment and the need to ensure that the European workforce receives a fair share of economic gains.
The report notes that while employment is undoubtedly rising, this increase has been achieved through the creation of non-standard forms of employment. Wages are also suffering. European workers are not receiving real increases in pay in line with the real growth.