Minister expects nation to mandate minimum wage
BERLIN — German Labor Minister Ursula von der Leyen said that the introduction of an across-the-board minimum wage was only a matter of time in Europe’s top economy, in an interview to be published Monday.
“I am convinced that we, in the short or the long run, will have a minimum wage in all sectors,” she told news weekly Der Spiegel.
She said the minimum wage, which would mark a fundamental change in German industrial policy, would have to be based on an agreement between employers and employees and not imposed by the state.
“We must not allow the amount of a general minimum wage to become a political football,” she said.
The CDA plans at a party congress in November to present the proposal for a legal minimum wage, which Der Spiegel said was also gaining support in the Free Democratic Party, the junior partner in Ms. Merkel’s center-right coalition.
However the employers’ wing of the CDU dismissed the initiative as a job-killer.
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