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Hamburg to Raise Minimum Wage by Two Per Cent

Increase to 8.67 euro per hour ist based on Hamburg's Minimum Wage Law. Senate adjusts pay in line with development of salaries in the public sector

“By raising the minimum wage, Hamburg continues to meet its social responsibility”, explains Detlef Scheele, Hamburg Minister of Social Affairs. “With the minimum wage, we protect workers from wage dumping and exploitation. In the long term, we would like to align Hamburg’s minimum wage to the federal minimum wage. Hamburg’s state law on minimum wage puts the city under the obligation to pay 8.67 euro per hour in all public enterprises. In addition, companies that apply for grants or participate in call for tenders must also ppay the new minimum wage.

Pioneer of Minimum Wage

By passing a law on minimum wage in 2013, Hamburg was a German pioneer. Only on 1 January 2015, also the federal government passed a respective bill. Now, Hamburg strives to abolish state legislation on minimum wage by 2017 and align it to the national standard in oder to reduce bureaucracy. The abolition of Hamburg’s state law on minimum wage is scheduled for 1 January 2017.

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