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.
Some 10 percent of German workers earn less than the minimum wage, a new study has found. Opposition politicians and trade unions said the government should be ashamed that the three-year-old law was so poorly enforced.
A Bavarian job ad sounded enticing until potential employees were told what it actually involved. Investigators have questioned the practise of unskilled, minimum wage workers sifting child porn collections from home.
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.
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