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Minimum wage in Germany for certain posted workers

(B2) Germany has decided to extend the minimum wage obligation, in accordance withcoalition agreement CDU-SPD occurred in June 2007. The cabinet decided, on July 16, to approve two draft laws (communicated
and bills on the website of the Federal Ministry of Labour,
in German). Only a few branches in Germany have, in fact, a generalized compulsory minimum wage: construction, cleaning and recently the sector postal.

The first text provides a legal framework making it possible to make the minimum wage for the sector obligatory for posted workers, regardless of whether the employer has its headquarters abroad or in the country. The second text extends the minimum wage to a certain number of branches. This rule would be applicable to branches of the economy, in which employers employ at federal level less than 50% of the workers in a collective agreement. A standing committee will examine which industries are required to establish a minimum wage. A joint committee of experts will then be formed to determine the level of this salary. The minimum wage will finally be made obligatory by an order from the Ministry, an order which could be
limited to certain sectors.


Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).