Germany’s ruling CDU party is considering the introduction of a nationwide minimum wage.
That may come as good news for the likes of hairdressers, one of the industries where workers complain that wages are too low.
One hair salon boss said on euronews: “There are hairdressers who have a second job if they live alone. They can’t live alone on their salary. They must have a partner who helps them financially or have parents who help them. For me it’s important that hairdressers can live on the money they earn.”
But the idea of a minimum wage is likely to cause a massive political fight.
The FDP party, which is in coalition with the CDU, is against the introduction of a minimum wage. Its secretary general quoted from the coalition agreement.
Daniel Bahr said: “We disapprove of a general minimum wage imposed by law. End of quote. This sentence is still valid for the FDP.” He says the government’s political colours should not change.
Up until now the CDU has preferred collective agreements between employers and unions. Some sectors have voluntarily struck minimum wage accords, however.