Controversial zero-hour contracts have transformed the UK’s low-pay sector. Employees aren’t guaranteed any working hours – they only get paid, if they’re needed. Critics say the setup undermines the minimum wage.
The German government has admitted that the country's minimum hourly wage is not enough to cover the costs of a single parent working full-time. Still, there are no plans to raise it.
The German government is considering excluding migrants from their right to minimum wage should they need further traineeships to get their associate degrees recognized, media reports have said.
Almost half of all minijobbers in Germany took home less than the statutory minimum wage in 2015, a study by the Institute of Economic and Social Research at the Böckler Foundation has shown.
Starvation wages, subcontractors and outsourcing have made conditions difficult for Eastern European workers in the German meat industry. Counseling centers want to help them.
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