Examine the reality of the EU

By April 16, 2019February 18th, 2021No Comments


Latest EU figures show the EU is no protector of workers’ rights

In Bulgaria the AVERAGE wage is £3.88 per hour

Last week, while eyes were focused on Mrs May’s ignominious and humiliating performance at the EU Summit, the EU released its latest data on average wage costs across the bloc.


A British company could pay five workers in the EU for the cost of paying one worker in the UK

There is no EU legislation to prevent this

How is the EU preventing “the race to the bottom”?

As usual, these figures show just what an uneven playing field there is in the EU.

Note: Conversion to British pounds at £1 = €1.16. We have used the same classification of averages as the EU’s official statistics agency. The EU excludes workers in public administration and defence and we have used their figures. Source: Eurostat, 11 Apr 2019.

Do Remain MPs have the first idea about the EU?

In yet another desperate attempt to get her surrender treaty approved by Parliament, readers will know that Mrs May and her team have entered talks with Mr Corbyn and his team.

As part of these talks, Mr Corbyn and his colleagues have stressed that they will be “protecting workers’ jobs and living standards”. We have previously looked at the question of workers’ rights which are claimed to come from the EU. In fact they almost all come from UK legislation.

For example, we showed that there is no EU requirement for a member state to have a minimum wage,
let alone a living wage.

In this article we look at a fundamental question which is important to all workers – that of what they earn. What is the average hourly wage across the 28 EU member states? Far from being a level playing field, we show just how uneven things are.

The average worker in Bulgaria is paid 1/5th of the average wage of a British worker

Even in Poland they are paid almost 1/3rd of a British worker’s wages

Note: This is the average, not the minimum.

Why is the UK the 5th largest economy in the world but only 11th in the EU for wages?

There are no exactly comparable figures for 20 years ago, but all our research indicates that the UK has slipped down the table. This is hardly surprising, given that so many EU member states have been able to export their unemployment to the UK.

Even those people who were already in employment in their own countries saw the attraction of the UK’s higher wages. The latest estimate from the ONS is that 3.8 million EU27 nationals now live in the UK. We believe that this is a significant underestimate, based on our analysis of National Insurance numbers issued by HMRC, which we reported on last year.

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Labour had a fine tradition of Euroscepticism. Indeed Jeremy Corbyn himself was right at the heart of that. Sadly, the Left seems to have been taken over by those who simply don’t understand the EU, and prefer happy-clappy slogans to the hard facts.

The simple fact is that the media focus on Conservative discontent, but equally there are millions of Labour voters who voted Leave in the Referendum and expect their vote to be acted upon.

This is the real world we are talking about, not ideology and the vague ideas some Europhile politicians have about the EU.

To give readers an example, one of the Brexit Facts4EU.Org team members transferred an essential element of their business to Bulgaria two years ago. The new costs are 1/3rd of the costs in the UK. (Average wages are 1/5th in Bulgaria but these only form part of the total costs.)

This is reality. This is how the member states of the EU have benefited. These are real pounds and pence which are no longer paying the wages of UK employees.

When the UK leaves the EU, such moves will be far less attractive.

Our Brexit Facts4EU.Org team member would far rather be contributing to the UK economy than to Bulgaria’s. This isn’t personal, because it seems the Bulgarians have been very pleasant to deal with. It’s simply patriotic.

Now that’s something which we suspect Jeremy Corbyn will never understand.

[Source: Official EU statistics released by Eurostat, 11 Apr 2019]

Brexit Facts4EU.Org, 16 Apr 2019