Germany - Minister tries to block care sector minimum wage - May 13, 2010

Services union ver.di has reacted angrily to attempts by economics minister Rainer Brüderle of the FDP to block the introduction of a minimum wage to cover the 800,000 workers in the care sector (“Pflegemindestlohn”). Ver.di had already managed to get agreement from the employers for minimum rates of Euro 8.50 an hour in the West and Euro 7.50 an hour in the East. Before the intervention of Brüderle, CDU labour minister Ursula von der Leyen had indicated that it would be possible to implement legislation soon so that the rates could be in force from 1 July (See also this Collective Bargaining Newsletter Year 3 March 2010).




This article was published in the Collective Bargaining Newsletter. It aims to facilitate information exchange between trade unions and to support the work of ETUC's collective bargaining committee. For more information, please contact the editor Maarten van Klaveren, Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Labour Studies (AIAS) You may find further information on the ETUI, and on the AIAS at © ETUI aisbl, Brussels 2009.


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