With full steam and minimum wage in the election campaign

In view of the election campaign, the parties vomit each other with claims for the introduction of a minimum wage – with exceptionally employer-friendly ideas

When the beginning of Marz was decided in the Federal Council with the majority of SPD, green and the left the introduction of a flat-sided statutory minimum wage, it was clear for every observer: here the election campaign started. Even the best camp was not closed against the initiative. So the Minister Presentess of Saarland, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer (CDU), was also the proposal. 8.50 € should now give at least after the will of the Federal Council for every German employee. The Bundestag only had to agree with the law. But even if the best camp is currently getting louder after an introduction of a minimum wage, their demands and ideas show very clearly: the government coalition is still as far away from the introduction of a minimum wage in Germany as well as at the beginning of their reign.

At the end of February of this year, the Union parties agreed on its own minimum wage concept for the coming campaign – that a commission to be occupied from the same parts with employers and unions should negotiate a tariff, generally binding wage undergrowth in the future. The special difference of this proposal to SPD and the left is the special reference to the tariff.

Because legally bindingly binding should be the so-found wage boundaries only if there is no binding collective agreement. Existing tariff carrier, in which lower leans have been agreed, remained untouched in this concept. Federal Minister of Staff by the Leyen therefore also showed himself positively against the press. "This is pure market economy", she said against Tagesschau.de over the Union concept, since in the true sense, it does not handle a minimum wage. It goes for fair leans that do not destroy workplaces. From your point of view, the FDP will be successfully convicted.

The employee airflow of the CDU is also positively impressed by the new Union concept. So said Anselm Kipp, speaker of the Christian-Democratic workforce, opposite Telepolis: "We support the model of the CDU / CSU parliamentary group." It shows that the Commission challenged differentiations according to regions or industries. But these exceptions were not allowed to be the rule.

We want a robust wage undergrowth, no minimum wage patchwork.

The reactions of the coalition partner FDP commented positively.

Slowly, the realization also matures: where no collective bargaining can, only one catch line can stop low dumping.

In fact, Christian Lindner said General Secretary of Liberals, opposite the Suddeutsche Zeitung: "I am glad that the Union seems to not think about a minimum wage laid down by policy, but a commission. We could not support a left-hand."

For the SPD and the left, however, these new changes seem not rather than "Election campaign" to be. So aubert the work and social spokeswoman of the SPD, Anette Kramme: "You want wage boundaries only for industries without collective agreement. This also means: Each wage base is immediately displeased if a collective agreement is closed – even with lower worthwhile." In the Union model, the reference to any other collective agreement in the employment contract. In practice, this was meant:

Schlachter could be set to the florist tariff, Pfattner at the hairdressing tariff.

The Left sees no development potential in the suggest of the Union Parties. For example, for Sabine Zimmermann, labor market policy spokeswoman of the left in the Bundestag, at the position of the Burgericht camp nothing else changed. "There is a tremendous social prere to make a general minimum wage, also from the camp of the Burgeriche Wahler. Union and FDP are no longer about that." There was a referendum on this topic, "we had him immediately."

The employer camp

The employer camp alone currently seems to be open against the introduction of a minimum wage in Germany. The Lobby Organization Initiative, which is funded by the Employer Association, New Social Market Economy (Insm) has its own on 1. Marz ied a press publication with the title: "Against the wage dictation and opportunity righteousness!" It demands the Insm "acknowledge that there is already an indirect minimum wage in Germany with Hartz IV."

In addition, poverty in Germany is significantly less a problem than was asserted by the committees of a minimum wage law in Germany. In fact, after the definition of income poverty, only 18 percent of people with an hourly wage had been less than 8.50 euros, so the insm. "Many of the low earners live together with better-earning partners and are therefore not affected by income poverty. You could, however, then – then, if workplaces do not pay off due to the minimum wage." Obviously, the employer side ames that the mostly part of the mini-jobber are housewives, which have adopted their mini-job primarily to their own pastime.

The position of the INSM is currently not explained differently. Since the model of the Union parties is the possibility of taking a collective agreement, the negotiated wage lower limit to undermine at any time, it seems hardly comprehensible why the INSM blocks. So if it does after the coming choice something positive in the area of dumping sectors seems rather doubtful. At least as long as a coalition with Chancellor Merkel at the top remains in government responsibility.

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