Germany - Government agrees to waste sector minimum wage - January 1, 2010

Public services union ver.di has welcomed the government's decision to implement a minimum wage of Euro 8.02 an hour in the waste sector. The union had been concerned that the new coalition, involving the FDP liberal party, that came to power last year would not fulfil the commitment of the previous government to introduce a minimum wage for the sector. However, federal employment minister Ursula von der Leyen signed the regulation in December so that it would come into effect in January. Ver.di estimates that around 20,000 workers are likely to be better off with some having been employed on wages as low as Euro 4 an hour (See also this Collective Bargaining Newsletter Year 2 November 2009).


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