Merkel says Germany to introduce national minimum wage

Merkel says Germany to introduce national minimum wage

21st November 2013, Comments 1 comment

Germany is set to introduce a national minimum wage, conservative Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Thursday, relenting on a key demand of her likely future centre-left governing partners.

"The Social Democrats will not conclude negotiations without a universal legal minimum wage," she said about ongoing talks to form a 'grand coalition' government.

She stressed that her Christian Democratic Union (CDU) had opposed such a move and added that she and her party would "try everything to prevent the loss of jobs through this measure".

Merkel won September 22 elections but fell narrowly short of a governing majority, forcing her CDU and its Bavarian partners the CSU to enter into coalition talks with the Social Democratic Party (SPD).

In the talks, SPD chief Sigmar Gabriel, Merkel's likely future vice chancellor, has insisted on a minimum wage of at least 8.50 euros ($11.40) to help a growing army of working poor.

The SPD has promised to put any coalition deal up for a vote to its sceptical party base.

Merkel's party favours separate pay deals by industrial sector and region, arguing that a national minimum wage would destroy jobs.

© 2013 AFP

1 Comment To This Article

  • frank posted:

    on 27th November 2013, 14:13:27 - Reply

    i come from australia where for some time we have a living wage for all workers,still too low but at least a base to work from. when i came to berlin i was shocked to find that semi and unskilled workers were earning less than 7 euro an hour.[6 dollars an hour australian] absolutely pathetic rates that take me back to the sixties. lets pay reasonable amounts for a persons labour that money goes directly back into your economy where these consumers buy local goods e.g. groceries etc. yes some businesses will not accept this thats why it is imperative that these laws be reinforced and monitored by unions or associated organisations if there are such organisations in germany for semi amd unskilled workers. only the first step hopefully not one step forward and two steps back,i hope not.