The minimum wage is to be increased – criticism of the entire package | Free press

The minimum wage of 12 euros – that was what Olaf Scholz promised, and it should be implemented this way. A different decision must also be made at the same time. There is criticism of the entire package.


The traffic light coalition in the Bundestag wants to decide on the promised increase in the minimum wage to EUR 12 on Friday. The MPs received the bill of the Labor Minister Hubertus Heil. The lower wage limit is to be raised on October 1.

The bill is based on approximately 6.2 million workers, whose hourly wage does not exceed EUR 12. East German women and citizens should benefit disproportionately from this growth.

Different reactions

The minimum wage increase was the main promise made by Chancellor Olaf Scholz in the SPD election campaign. At the same time, it is planned to raise the limit for mini-jobs from 450 to 520 euros. From the point of view of the FDP, this is positive for the more than six million mini-workers.

Responses to the proposed legislation varied. The employers’ union BDA has criticized that politicians are breaking their promise that the Minimum Wage Committee will set a wage cap. In this body, employers and unions usually fix pay raises. By law, the committee should only become accountable again after an unscheduled raise.

The German trade union federation criticized the increase in the quota for mini-jobs. Millions of workers are still not covered by social security. The Union faction announced it would abstain from voting. “I think it is right that the minimum wage goes up to € 12,” said parliamentary group vice-chair Alexander Dobrindt of the Augsburger Allgemeine, as announced. “But the link to new, unnecessary business bureaucratic requirements, such as excessive documentation requirements, is wrong.”

12 euros for the minimum basic security after 45 years of service

According to the federal government, without the basic pension allowance, more than 12 euros an hour would have to end up above basic security after 45 years of service. According to a response to a request from the AfD parliamentary group, which was made available by the German press agency, an hourly wage of EUR 12.97 would be necessary. It is assumed that full-time work amounts to 38.5 hours per week. Taking into account the basic pension, an hourly rate of EUR 7.72 would be necessary.

AfD MP Jürgen Pohl, who asked the question, told DPA that “the popular traffic light gift on the minimum wage” is not delivering on promises. Even EUR 12 does not protect against poverty in old age. (dpa)

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