Austria - Minimum wage guaranteed through bargaining - February 29, 2016

A representative of trade union GPA-dpj stated that the unions welcome every political backing of a minimum wage settled at 1,700 euro. However, a country that can guarantee a (almost industry-wide) coverage through collective bargaining doesn’t need a statutory minimum wage. With a coverage rate of 97% the interests of workers in their sectors is guaranteed, without becoming a plaything of daily politics. The comparison with Germany falls because the German coverage rate is substantially lower.

German: http://www.oegb.at/cms/S06/S06_0.a/1342563224476/home/land-mit-97-prozent …     

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