Germany -Minimum wages legislation nearby? -April 25, 2013

A long road to a legal minimum wage must end soon. That is the slogan of the initiative for a legal minimum wage. The country is one of the few in the EU without a minimum wage (see also the March Newsletter). Political parties agree it’s time to end that anomaly. Welfare reforms have increased the pressure on workers to take up low-paid jobs and led to a rise in the number of working poor, which in turn has fuelled a national debate on social justice. Around 5 million workers – some 16% of all employees – currently earn less than the envisaged national minimum wage of €8.50 per hour.




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