Sunday, October 2, 2016

“Special labour market of the East”: West German earn significantly more – NEWS

Sunday, 02. October 2016

Between the East and the West is a large salary gap still. More than a third of full-time employees in the East operates according to information from the Federal Agency for work at a low wage – because many are not paid in accordance with the Tariff.

a quarter of a century after reunification, is Eastern Germany, the wage level is significantly behind the old Federal länder. Full-time employees in Eastern Germany by the end of 2015 earned subject to social insurance contributions, on average, 2449 euros gross per month, it was in West Germany, 3218 euros. Still much more Workers from East Germany, commuting to Work in the Western States than in the opposite direction.

this is the statistics data of the Federal employment Agency has made the Left-member of Parliament Sabine Zimmermann on the occasion of the day of German unity carefully. “Equivalent living conditions in East and West can not be spoken,” she said. East Germans earn on average 24 percent less than in the West. In terms of the low-wage threshold of 2056 EUR nationwide at the end of 2015, 36 per cent of East German full-time employees a low wage, in the West nearly 17 percent.

The Hans-Böckler-Foundation, announced on Friday, citing data from mid-2016, the tariff remuneration is Basic in the East, meanwhile, an average of 98 percent of the Western level hardware. In the case of employees who are not paid in accordance with the Tariff, the income difference, however, is significantly larger, and about half of the Eastern workers was not bound by a collective agreement.

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According to the data of the employment Agency commuted in the previous year, 398.384 East German Employees in the West, in 1999, there were 307.907. Conversely, only 134.520 Workers came from West Germany in 2015 to Work in the new länder. Compared to 1999, the number of which has increased but also, back then there were still 76.789. The unemployment ratio amounted to in the year 2015 in East Germany, 9.2 percent, in West Germany, 5.7 percent.

Zimmermann accused the Federal government to have a “special labour market of the East,” resigned. An essential key to the approximation is the strengthening of collective agreements and collective bargaining coverage, the in the East is clearly weaker than in the West. The significantly lower Ostlöhne but it also showed that a high-scoring, the wages must be maintained in the pensions.




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