"Anyone who works full-time for the minimum wage has almost 300 euros more gross per month," said Heil about the increase. The higher minimum wage will have "no negative effect on the labor market from a macroeconomic point of view". "People who keep the shop running but earn little and don't bring their money to Luxembourg or the Cayman Islands can afford more." This is "also a question of respect and performance justice".
Heil emphasized that the minimum wage will always remain an absolute wage floor. "In order to get better wages and working conditions, we have to promote collective bargaining in Germany. 52 percent is not enough," he warned.
The minister referred to an EU directive according to which member states would have to take action if collective bargaining coverage falls below 80 percent. "That's why we will continue to ensure that there is a decent wage development even above the minimum wage - for example, by only giving orders from the federal government to companies that pay according to the collective agreement."