Battle In Germany To Water Down Minimum Wage
March 11, 2014

Via AFP:

As Germany's government gets down to business on its election pledge for a national minimum wage, fierce lobbying is also under way to limit any such measure as much as possible.

A fixed minimum wage was the carrot which conservative Chancellor Angela Merkel dangled in front of centre-left Social Democrats (SPD) to woo them into a coalition that would win her a third term in power.

During her first two terms, Merkel's conservatives had always favoured separate pay deals by industrial sector and region, arguing that a national minimum wage would harm many small and medium-sized business...

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