10 June 2008 14:56 [Source: ICIS news]
TORONTO (ICIS news)--German chemical employers are opposed to plans by the country’s federal labour ministry to set minimum wages, chemical employers association BAVC said on Tuesday.
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Unlike employers and unions, government did not have the expertise to set wages in industry, said BAVC.
Government-set minimum wages would actually cost jobs, rather than help less-qualified workers find and keep work, it said.
Meanwhile, wage policies would become a permanent theme in election campaigning, it added.
Business daily Handelsblatt reported on Tuesday that the government under chancellor, Angel Merkel, was poised to reach a decision on the proposals put forward by labour minister, Olaf Scholz.
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