15 Sep. 2021 17:28
A request from the left in the Bundestag proves Germany’s development towards a “low-wage country”. Although the figures from the Federal Statistical Office partly contradict the principle of fairness through performance, the issue remains almost entirely outside of the election campaign.
Around 65 percent of employees in Germany work at an hourly wage of less than 20 euros gross. With 57 percent it is under 18, with 42 percent under 15 euros. This is based on a request from the left in the Bundestag. According to the answer from the Federal Statistical Office, 32 percent work for an hourly earnings of less than 13 euros gross. 26 percent come to less than 12 and almost 12 percent to less than 10 euros.
Left faction leader Dietmar Bartsch, who made the request, said that after years of a grand coalition with the SPD-led labor ministry, Germany was a low-wage country. “If two thirds of the employees earn less than 20 euros an hour, then we have a large deficit in fair performance in Germany,” said Bartsch. “The real service providers – the geriatric nurse, the parcel delivery, the cashier, the policeman – are underpaid.”
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(rt / dpa)