Macron leads EU-wide minimum wage call as Merkel, Medvedev warn of global injustice

“Fundamental change” to the world of work – including an EU-wide minimum wage – is needed to address the growing gap between society’s haves and have-nots, French President Emmanuel Macron said on Tuesday.

In a speech at the International Labour Organization’s Centenary conference in Geneva, Mr. Macron insisted that the accumulation of wealth in the hands of the few from globalization had created a “law of the jungle”.

This had opened the door to damaging nationalism, xenophobia and disillusionment with democracy, he said.

Also at the ILO conference, German Chancellor Angela Merkel called on Member States to step up the fight against child labour.

Of the 152 million children forced to work globally, some 73 million were involved in hazardous activities, she said, in support of ILO’s initiative to end the scourge globally by 2025.

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