Germany’s upper house 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 upper house of parliament on Friday. 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. Chancellor Olaf Scholz, from the Social Democratic Party, had made the wage increase a key promise of his election campaign last year. The opposition has argued that the minimum wage will not protect people against further prices increases, and that there were other…

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