Already at the end of this week – on Saturday, a law on increasing the minimum wage to 12 euros per hour will come into force in Germany. Millions of people will get more money. Trade unions dubbed the move a ray of hope. At the same time, they remind of the need for further measures to support the poor in the country against the backdrop of record inflation.
The increase in the minimum wage from October 1 in Germany will bring more money to 6.64 million working residents of Germany. Such a huge number of employees in Germany are currently earning less than 12 euros gross per hour, a spokesman for the Economic and Social Research Institute (WSI) announced, based on company calculations.
Among those who will benefit from the pay increase, 2.55 million people are in full-time employment, according to WSI. On a national average, just under one in 10 full-time workers currently earn less than €12 an hour, the study says. Among part-time workers, this figure is 20.1%. Among those working on a mini-rate, it reaches 80%.
Stefan Kerzell, a member of the executive board of the German Trade Union Association (DGB), called the increase in the minimum wage “a beacon of hope in these difficult times.”
The expert called for greater control over salaries paid to employees. Many workers in all sectors are still receiving less than the legal minimum wage, Kerzell stressed and called for the introduction of further measures to support the population. He stressed that the increase in the minimum wage only partially compensates for the jump in energy and food prices.
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