Germany -Minimum wage in meat-packaging -August 20, 2013

Following a campaign of the food workers union NGG and growing media exposure of abusive practices the governments of 4 cities in the State of Lower Saxony signed an agreement with meat-packing companies and their labour contractors establishing a minimum hourly wage of €8.50. NGG describes the local governments' actions as a step in the right direction, but insists that transport, tools, and clothing must be paid for by employers - the deal still allows deductions - and will continue the struggle against abusive practices.



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