The statutory minimum wage rises at the beginning of next year, to 35 cents on 9,19 euros per hour and from 2020 on 9,35 Euro. The Federal Cabinet approved a corresponding regulation of the Federal Minister of labour, Hubertus Heil (SPD). The Federal government is thus implementing a recommendation of the minimum wage Commission of June 2018, the representatives of employers, trade unions and academia were involved.

The increase is based on the level of the collective wage agreements of the previous years. Nationwide, at least two million people are expected to benefit from the increase. According to the Federal statistics office, 1.4 million Employees were, in April 2017, just under the statutory minimum wage. He currently applies to all full-year workers. Exceptions are made for the long-term unemployed, the work start again, for apprentices, internships and traineeships under three months.

SPD calls for a minimum of 12 euros per hour

the Federal Finance Minister, Olaf Scholz (SPD) had been the very last multiple times for a clear increase in the minimum wage. “I think that 12 euros minimum wage are appropriate,” he wrote in an image-guest post. The German companies should not save on wages. Previously, the Bundestag Vice-President and former SPD parliamentary leader Thomas Oppermann had demanded a minimum wage of 12 euros per hour. Also, the SPD chair Andrea Nahles showed itself to be open to it. “The have earned the people”, said Nahles. The recommendation of the minimum wage Commission thought they were too low. Adolf Bauer, President of the social Association of Germany, supported the claim: “As poverty may be in Germany more effectively combated.” Furthermore, Bauer called for exceptions for minors, as well as for the long-term unemployed to abolish.

Germany, with the minimum wage amount in a European comparison, in the upper third. At the beginning of 2018, the minimum wages were, according to a survey by the Union-affiliated economic and Social research Institute (WSI) in the European Union, only Luxembourg, France, the Netherlands, Ireland and Belgium are higher. The legal minimum wage was introduced in Germany in 2015, in the amount of 8.50 Euro and 2017 8,84 Euro increases.

problems in the implementation of

However, there are problems in the implementation: 800,000 people have earned in 2017 less, even though they were basically under the minimum wage law. At the beginning of September, the German customs had launched an unprecedented action, to large-scale minimum wage fraudsters to track down. Again and again, industries such as construction, meat, cleaning and the hospitality industry in the suspicion that individual entrepreneurs do not pay the statutory minimum wage of 8,84 Euro per hour.

can be controlled in the absence of sufficient personnel, but were able to only 2.4 percent of the farms. Currently 6.800 employees work in the so-called financial control of illegal employment (FKS), the number is expected to rise by 2021 to roughly 8,500. In the medium term, Finance Minister Scholz wants to create up to 3,100 new jobs. Green politician Beate Müller-Gemmeke criticized that the announcement is “a neverending story”: by 2015, the Federal government had decided to increase the Staff. “It is time that the minimum wage is across the Board and effective controls.”

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