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Source: Federal Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs In the past six months, Federal Minister Heil has chaired the ministers for labor and social affairs of the 27 EU member states. Due to the pandemic, all meetings of the Employment and Social Policy Council took place exclusively digitally. Nevertheless, a large number of resolutions were passed by written circulation. More than 11,000 people across Europe took part in the public conferences on strengthening social Europe, on adequate minimum wages and human rights in global supply chains. Federal Minister Hubertus Heil is certain: “In the last six months everything revolved around the global pandemic. Our Council Presidency also had to set some new priorities. We have seen that seasonal workers need more protection across the EU. Our negotiations also went differently than planned – but ultimately very successfully. Our resolutions on fair wages and our commitment to responsibility for human rights in global supply chains point the way. We have also made good progress in combating youth unemployment and protecting seasonal workers. Together we have made Europe more socially and just. ”The ministers for labor and social affairs have expanded the EU program“ Youth Guarantee ”, started negotiations on adequate minimum wages in the EU, strengthened the rights of seasonal workers, and made proposals to improve working conditions for platform workers Introduced, impetus for an EU supply chain law and an EU action plan “Human rights and good work” and agreed European basic principles for national minimum security benefits. Federal Minister Heil was particularly pleased about the Council conclusions of the ministers on the supply chains: “It’s a big one Success that we agreed on ambitious council conclusions on human rights and good work in global supply chains. This is the first time that all member states of the European Union have spoken out in favor of an EU-wide binding regulation of corporate due diligence. That also gives tailwind for the national debate in Germany. “With the issue of adequate minimum wages in the EU, Federal Minister Heil also hopes for impulses for the German discussion:” Corona shows us all how valuable the work of the countless everyday heroes who achieve a lot is and often earn little. I am therefore pleased that the EU Commission has presented a proposal for a directive for adequate minimum wages in the EU. In Germany, too, we have to develop the minimum wage further. Around every fourth person in this country still works for less than 12 euros an hour. That is too little for hard work. ”Other dossiers in the field of labor and social affairs during the German EU Council Presidency included the continuation of the EU Fund for Adaptation to Globalization, the inclusion of Roma in the EU and the continuation of the network the public employment services.
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