Tariff agreed cheap winnings

The CDU prepares for the next programmatic turnaround. A Funftel of the full-time divinutes can already be found in the low-wage area

Farewell to nuclear energy, suspension of military service, abolition of the secondary school – the former brand core of the conservatives has revealed its expiration date apparently. The former basic converters in labor market policies remain not spared the dissolution phenomena. On the Federal Party Day of the CDU, the on 14. and 15. In November in Leipzig, the introduction of a wage undergrowth should be decided, which at the tariff level in temporary work (since November 2011 the € 7.01 in the east and 7.79 euros in the West) or is set by a commission of the collective bargaining partners.

Reason for the joy for the opposition that the topic of minimum wage has discovered many years ago and thus may take a kind of political copyright for himself. But the counterparties give rise to coarsent. Left chief Klaus Ernst sees the chance, together with the social partners again this year "to develop partial wage consensus".

Compromise-ready trade unions?

Careful approval is also available on the part of the unions that the "Step towards Christian social teaching" fundamentally buried. The DGB Chairman Michael Sommer, who calls a uniform statutory minimum wage for all sectors of 8.50 euros, mutmabt, one is after years of thaw now "Shortly before the breakthrough".

That parties and social partners can agree one of one on the ideas of the employee representatives, however, is not likely. Guided trade union representatives are the competition of the skeptical, fears presented so far "Philanthabilities" and therefore introduce themselves prophylactically to compromises and transition solutions. Klaus Wieshug, Federal Chairman of the Industrial Union Building Agricultural Environment, indicates that even the minimum wage in temporary work "transition" Lower than the original DGB requirement.

My appeal is currently in fact: looks at the differences between the industries. If a minimum wage is set only once for all, then there is some lazy compromise. Then we have a much too low minimum wage, which in turn prints on tariff policy. That’s not exactly my desire.

Klaus Wieshugel

Michael Vassiliadis, chief of industrial union mining, chemistry, energy and registered SPD member, finds the head of the Union evident more practicable than some creation of the comrades.

I consider the proposal of the Union for reasonable, not a single minimum wage with a fixed amount, which applies in all industries. It is better to transfer the tariff logic with technical and industry knowledge into a commission, as the Union Planes provide for. The legislator should first set minimum broadcasts if no tariff representation come about.

Michael Vassiliadis

"That’s tariff autonomy!"

That the "Tariff" Not automatically moved on the high of a statutory minimum wage of 8.50 euros, shows a current calculation of the Economic and Social Science Institute in the union-related Hans-Bockler Foundation. Although 87 percent of the grouping groups made from collective bargaining, which have been completed with DGB unions, wounds of 8.50 euros or more. But from the 4 analyzed in September 2011 4.700 packaging groups from 41 sectors and economic sectors also saw seven percent starts below 7.50 euros. Another six percent were between 7.50 and 8.50 euros per hour.

From a uniform statutory minimum wage, the acquisitions were far away, for many Union protagonists, the numbers still fit into the concept of a social contract wage undergrowth. So also for Dieter Dombrowski, the General Secretar of the Brandenburg CDU.

If a hairdresser after tariff in Brandenburg only 6.25 euros in the hour deserves or a hairdresser only four euros, that’s damned little – but it has been regulated between the collective bargaining partners, as politics and state have nothing to seek, that’s Tariff autonomy.

Dieter Dombrowski

A total of 617 of occupancy groups were affected – especially from the "classic" Low wage industry agriculture, floristry and employment garden construction, hairdressing trade, security, meat trade or hotel and guest atmosphere. The union representatives did not manage to achieve at least their own minimum wage limit by means of a collective agreement.

Trade unionists are constantly being agreed in such industries in collective bargaining, or to dispense with low tariffs or to give up a tariff regulation of working conditions.

Reinhard Bispinck, Head of the Tariff Archive of the Economic and Social Scientific Institute in the Hans-Bockler Foundation

Open questions

What exactly the CDU is considered on her congress and in what form this decision leads to beneficial regulations, is not yet foreseeable. That the devil is in detail, not only the chairman of the union food enjoyment guest states.

Unlike the Union strategists, however, Franz Josef Mollenberg has already negotiated with the employers’ association of the Hospitality Dehoga to come to an agreement in terms of wage undergrowth. Apparently in vain, because Dehoga already interprets the employee-based law and the minimum working conditions law as "Detachor for state wage dictation". If the state upsets cheap and thus indirectly subsidizes entrepreneurs, he is fully welcome.

Germany needs a first labor market for low-skilled and long-term unemployed. There, where the income from these activities is not enough for life, the state is required. In the minimum wage discussion on the demand for the claim that a worker has to live from his wage, too briefly intervenes.


One "volunteer" Unification of the collective bargaining parties seems virtually excluded in many low-wage industry. As a wage underline should be collected in areas without tariff rules, without depending on a statutory minimum wage, remains unclear. And what happens at a wage lower limit on the tariff level in temporary work actually with the collective agreements, which – such as in Brandenburg – lie under this limit?

In this score, how hardly any otherwise expected, also the employer’s prassident. "The CDU is apparently that in recent months also with DGB unions lower collective bargaining lines than the temporary work were agreed", said Dieter Hundt, who otherwise the initiative of the Union "Heavy comprehensible and for me susceptible" find. Other observers also access UN words and keep interventions in the supposedly flourishing German labor market for simply "incomprehensible".

Angela Merkel understood however. "The Chancellor sees it that it’s about the work here", Reported vice government spokesman Georg Streiter.

The long way of the CDU ..

After all, the employer representative may be sure that he finds like-minded people in the Union. The demand for an as well as the wage undergrowth is raised by prominent party friends and in particular the Christian democratic workforce and also finds a positive echo at the sister party. Lower Saxony Justice Minister Bernd Busemann (CDU) combined the Pladoyer for a flat-covered minimum wage of 8.50 euros even with the proposal to raise the top tax rate to 50 percent.

However, the SME and Economic Association of the CDU / CSU has been facing uniform regulations for weeks for weeks. Last Friday, the Federal Chairman Josef Schlarmann "The minimum wage debate on the CDU’s workforce" again "neither necessary nor a target" return.

A general statutory minimum wage, which the workforce of the CDU wants, a political minimum wage, even if he is set by a Commission of the collective bargaining partners. The political is therefore because he no longer oriented to different sectors and regions, but uniformly fixed for political criteria for all Germany.

Josef Schlarmann

The Federal Chancellor should also be a visit to the business airplane at the end of October against one "Flat-covering, legal, statutory uniform minimum wage" have pronounced.

In view of the inexorably booming low-wage sector, the CDU delegates have little alternatives in mid-November. The proportion of full-time divisions in low-wage sector is a good 22 percent, which are nearly 5 million people. It deserved at the end of 2010 less than 1.800 euros gross a month. No wonder so that 7.2 percent of all employed are already poverty.

Those who deny themselves in the face of these numbers of a discussion about minimum and wage undergrowths probably play the rest of his social policy profile.

… and the helplessness of the FDP

The CDU is a stress-charged debate before whose shadows your current coalition partner continues to go forward. The FDP has also been overhauled by the Union on this question left and apparently no longer participates in the central debates.

After all, Schleswig-Holstein’s Social Minister Heiner Garg (FDP) trusted himself to call their own federal party, now "Constructive and offensive" bring into the debate. Vain. "Our labor market works because it has become more flexible", Love General Secretar Christian Lindner Know.

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