MIL OSI Translation. Region: Germany / Deutschland –
Source: Die Linke “A binding legal framework for determining national minimum wages in the European Union is necessary. In a European comparison, the minimum wage in Germany is still far too low, it promotes wage dumping and hardly protects against poverty, ”explains Susanne Ferschl, deputy chairman of the DIE LINKE parliamentary group, about the plans presented by the EU Commission today after months of consultation on minimum wages in Europe. Ferschl continues: “Today the government confirmed the third minimum wage adjustment in the cabinet. This means that the minimum wage will rise to just 10.45 euros per hour by mid-2022. This is a bad joke, because even today a minimum wage of at least twelve euros per hour is absolutely necessary in order to make ends meet and not have to take office in old age. The government can no longer hide behind the minimum wage commission, it has to finally show your colors and raise the lower wage limit in a single step to a poverty-proof level of at least twelve euros. We now need a social debate about where the stop line should be below which no company is allowed to pay, which is another reason why the Federal Government must submit its final report on the evaluation of the Minimum Wage Act to the public as soon as possible. Because the question of how much work has to be at least worth to us in this country must not be limited to political slogans in the coming election year; it must finally be clarified and implemented promptly. Anyone who publicly demands twelve euros and is part of the government themselves – such as finance minister and SPD chancellor candidate Olaf Scholz – is responsible here, but it is also clear that the minimum wage can only represent the absolute minimum of remuneration, an economic decency limit, so to speak. In addition, we urgently need measures to strengthen collective bargaining coverage and to make it easier to declare general binding agreements. “
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