DSSELDORF (AFP) – The social association VdK calls for a significant increase in the legal minimum wage, which is currently 9.35 euros. “The minimum wage has to rise. It has to rise to 13 euros,” said VdK President Verena Bentele of the “Rheinische Post” on Thursday. It could not be that exactly those workers should be put back who are currently classified as systemically important.
“For cashiers, for example, the money barely lasts until the end of the month,” said Bentele. According to the newspaper, the VdK points out in a paper that the German minimum wage is “behind” in a European comparison. “It shouldn’t really be that people are dependent on state minimum benefits in addition to their wages,” it says in the paper. Bentele added: “And if they have worked hard for a lifetime, they have to make do with a pension that is just above basic security. We will not accept that.”
The minimum wage has been in Germany since 2015 and is adjusted every two years. By the end of June, the minimum wage commission, composed of employer and employee representatives as well as scientists, must make a recommendation as to whether and to what extent the minimum wage should increase by January 1, 2021.
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May 21, 2020 05:26 ET (09:26 GMT)