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They engineered nothing, there has never been a general minimum wage in Germany. The method to use state sanctioned collective bargaining treaties to create sectoral minimum wages goes back to the nineties.

One reason the social democrats used this method  is that the CDU blocked a general minimum wage earlier. It was supposed to be a substitute.

"The only possibility I can see would be if the CDU proposal allowed collectively-bargained minimum wages to be lower than their proposed coverage."

exactly. That is the proposal.

by IM on Thu Apr 26th, 2012 at 04:19:25 AM EST
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