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German Christian democrats agree on minimum wage for all sectors not covered by collective wage agreements; though collective wage bargaining agreements that foresee wages below the minimum wage shall nevertheless stay valid

Bold mine.

Of course, that will only last for one union contract cycle, after which the unions can simply refuse to sign any agreement which does not in some material fashion outperform the legal minimum wage for non-union shops. So it's essentially grandfathering in current contracts. Which does makes some sense, from a certain point of view.

- Jake

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by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Thu Apr 26th, 2012 at 04:17:14 AM EST
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