Germany -Coalition plan includes minimum wage -November 27, 2013

The country’s provisional government program introduces a minimum wage of €8.50 an hour from 2015. Some 17% of the workforce can profit from this statutory national minimum, mainly in the service sector. Planned are also improved pension benefits. From July 2014, workers who have paid social security contributions for 45 years will be able to retire on a full pension at 63, two years earlier than currently. The business community speaks about ‘election gifts’.



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