Germany - Over 2 million workers covered by minimum wages - May 18, 2011

The trade union movement continues to campaign for a national statutory minimum wage but in the meantime the introduction of sectoral minimum rates has now spread to nine sectors, covering about 2.2 million workers. The rates range from € 6.53 an hour in the security industry in the east to € 12.95 in the construction industry in the west. Other rates include € 8.24 in waste management and € 7.50 (east) and € 8.50 (west) in care services. In another three industries minimum wages have been agreed but these are not yet mandatory extended.



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 at, and on the AIAS at © ETUI aisbl, Brussels 2011.

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