German parliament approves higher minimum wage: €12 per hour

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The statutory minimum wage in Germany will rise to €12 per hour ($12.89) in October, after a vote in the Bundestag parliament on Friday. The minimum wage was passed with the votes of the centre-left coalition – the Social Democrats (SPD), the Greens and the Free Democrats – as well as the hard-left Die Linke party. The conservative opposition and the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) abstained. Currently, the minimum wage is €9.82. On July 1, it will rise to €10.45. At the same time, the maximum remuneration for so-called “mini-jobs” will rise from €450 to €520 per month in October. Labo…

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