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German government approves minimum wage bill

To be applied to youths and interns, but not former jobless

02 April, 14:58
German government approves minimum wage bill (ANSA) - Berlin, April 2 - Chancellor Angela Merkel's cabinet on Wednesday approved a bill to introduce a minimum salary of 8.5 euros per hour in Germany.

The bill is expected to be passed into law by summer and to go into force on January 1, 2015, but has been criticized by economists for putting hundreds of thousands of jobs at risk. According to an agreement reached between Merkel's conservative coalition and the Social Democratic Party (SPD) led by Sigmar Gabriel, the minimum wage will not be applied for the first six months on the job for people rehired after more than a year of unemployment, but will be applied to youths from age 18 and to apprentices.