The law will see the minimum wage go up in two steps, from 8.82 euros to 10.45 euros on July 1, followed by a second increase to 12 euros on October 1/Photo: AfricanCourierMedia

Germany raises minimum wage significantly

Excellent news for all workers in Germany. The federal parliament, the Bundestag, on Friday passed a bill raising minimum wage from 8.82 euros to 9.82 euros per hour from 1 July and to 12 euros on 1 October.

The increase will affect 6.2 million people, out of an active working population of 45.2 million people.

The bill was passed by a large majority in the parliament, with support from MPs from the ruling centre-left-led coalition as well as the far-left Linke party. The conservative CDU and far-right AfD abstained.

The increase of Germany’s minimum wage is one of the cardinal policies in Olaf Scholz’s campaign manifesto for elections last September.

And it’s coming at a fitting time given that consumer prices rose by 7.9 per cent, a post-reunification record for Germany driven by the rising cost of energy, in May.

Vivian Asamoah

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