Wüst warns of more undeclared work with a minimum wage of 12 euros

BERLIN (Dow Jones) — North Rhine-Westphalian Prime Minister Hendrik Wüst (CDU) warns of significantly more undeclared work as a result of the planned increase in the minimum wage to 12 euros per hour from October 1st. “I don’t begrudge everyone the twelve euros”; said Wüst in an interview with the “Tagesspiegel” (Sunday edition). But this is about a sharp increase in the minimum wage by more than 20 percent. “The consequence must not be displacement into undeclared work,” says Wüst. He thought it would be better if the minimum wage was determined by the social partners.

After Olaf Scholz’s election success, Weil also admitted that the CDU had to sharpen its social profile. In addition to the everyday worries of people in the big cities, which the SPD-led traffic light is primarily concerned with, the social issues of people in rural areas must also be represented in politics. “It’s about rental prices, about heating costs, but it’s also about the costs of mobility in rural areas, which must be affordable, as well as good educational opportunities.” Align the agenda with that, which will be central to the CDU, said Wüst.

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January 23, 2022 07:27 ET (12:27 GMT)

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