In times where trade unions plead for more solidarity within the EU, a system of European minimum wages is the way to create solidarity among workers. Minimum wages are not an objective in themselves. They are only an instrument to fight rising inequalities and increased precarious work. The European trade union movement should find a rapid agreement on the principles and standards for a system of European minimum wages. These principles must define, in our view, the standards for national minimum wages, determined either by law or a national collective agreement.