German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives have agreed plans to introduce a mandatory minimum wage for sectors of the economy that do not already have one, in the latest policy shift to try to win over left-leaning voters before next year’s election.
Merkel’s Christian Democrats (CDU) have long opposed a blanket minimum wage, arguing that it would amount to excessive political interference in the wage-bargaining process between workers and employers.
But the CDU came out in favor at a party congress late last year and, after talks with its Bavarian sister party, the Christian Social Union (CSU), agreed a blueprint on Wednesday that was unveiled by Labour Minister Ursula von der Leyen.
According to the plans, a non-partisan committee of employers and employees would be set up to set a nationwide minimum wage and monitor it annually. Industries that already have a minimum wage would not be affected by the new national measure…
Read More @ With eye on elections, Merkel pushes minimum wage | Reuters.
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