Price increase: Heil calls on “everyone” to contribute against inflation

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Heil calls on “everyone” to contribute against inflation

Hubertus Heil speaks of a jump in wages for six million people. Photo: Britta Pedersen/dpa

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In the planned concerted action, trade unions, employers and politicians should agree on relief for citizens. For low earners, “the biggest jump in wages of their lives” will soon come.

Federal Minister of Labor Hubertus Heil (SPD) sees trade unions, employers and politicians called upon to take effective steps against inflation in Germany.

“Everyone will have to make their contribution,” said Heil at the budget deliberations in the Bundestag. He expressly referred to the concerted action with the social partners proposed by Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD). “It’s about wages, it’s about relief, it’s about the welfare state working,” said Heil.

Raising the minimum wage to 12 euros

In the Bundestag, in addition to the Heils budget, the increase in the minimum wage to 12 euros on October 1st is to be decided at noon. “This increase to 12 euros from October 1st, for six million people, especially for many women and many people in East Germany, is possibly the biggest jump in wages in their lives, by 22 percent,” said Heil. Without Scholz as Chancellor, the minimum wage would not be increased. Scholz had made raising the lower wage limit a core promise of his election campaign.

Left budget expert Gesine Lötzsch warned that the current price explosion is threatening the very existence of many people. Lötzsch announced that the left would agree to the minimum wage increase, but said at the same time: “Actually, it should be 13 euros by now.”

The vote on raising the minimum wage to 12 euros is scheduled for around noon. At the same time, it is planned to raise the limit for mini-jobs from 450 to 520 euros.


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