Monday, January 2, 2017

Refugees: “SZ”: government is considering exceptions to the minimum wage for refugees a … – THE WORLD

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the Federal government is considering exceptions to the minimum wage

source: dpa/AFP/archive

Vocational training should be treated as a mandatory internship

D, the Federal government is considering according to a report by exceptions to the minimum wage for refugees and immigrants, the need to decorate for the recognition of their foreign Professional qualifications in Germany re-Skilling. This concerns all those who still need to acquire practical knowledge in a company, so that your degree is valid in this country as equivalent, reported the “süddeutsche Zeitung”. It relied on a joint paper of the labor, financial, and Ministry of education.

The time of the Training is to be regarded, therefore, as a compulsory internship and “thus does not fall under the minimum wage obligation.” The Ministry of labour speaks, according to the “SZ” from an “internal discussion paper” the three ministries. “Changes in the law or Changes in the management or Control practices were not associated with this,” said a spokeswoman. The interpretation and practice notes but could “be part of the information offer of the Federal government” as soon as the paper is ready for a vote.

The German Confederation of trade unions (DGB) criticised the plans. Already now, companies would take advantage of “refugees may not be familiar with your Rights, as a source of cheap labour,” said DGB Board member Stefan Körzell the “SZ”. “We fear that classical induction phase to month-long in-company training phases, and the employees are umdeklariert to duty-interns”.

The Confederation of German employers ‘ associations (BDA) rejected the criticism. It is a matter of training similar qualifications, which do not fall under the minimum wage. The 8,84 Euro would apply, this would brake the willingness of the firms to make such offers. “For the Affected of the way in training and employment would be more difficult.”

The minimum wage had been raised at the turn of the year, for the first time since its introduction, 2015, from 8,50 Euro 8,84 Euro per hour.


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