The saarland and mecklenburg-western pomerania, which are both governed by grand coalitions, also voted for the motion from rhineland-palatinate on friday. Now the bundestag must decide on the motion. The governing coalition of CDU/CSU and FDP has already announced that it will overturn the bundesrat initiative with its majority there.
The coalition parties reject a uniform minimum wage of 8.50 euros per hour, but are open to wage floors differentiated by industry and region. For the first time in about 14 years, the SPD, the greens and the left again have their own majority in the state chamber after the most recent change of government in lower saxony. In contrast to the usual practice in the state chamber, the debate on friday was therefore marked by clear election campaign tones.
Hesse’s head of government volker bouffier (CDU), referring to the new majority, said: "today, the bundesrat will be turned into a stage for the federal election."The SPD has already prepared all further initiatives up to the election date. Rhineland-palatinate’s minister president malu dreyer (SPD) stated that a good 20 percent of full-time employees in germany earn a low wage, and 2.5 million earn less than six euros. The SPD proposal is also about protecting companies from wage dumping.
Mecklenburg-western pomerania’s minister president erwin sellering (SPD) rejected the accusation that a flat minimum wage of 8.50 euros would interfere with collective bargaining autonomy. Addressing the CDU/CSU and the FDP, he said that collective bargaining autonomy could not be used as an excuse to avoid such a wage floor. The people affected would not accept this.
Thuringia’s economics minister matthias machnig (SPD) also emphasized the need for a flat-rate minimum wage. In thuringia, there are now the following collectively agreed wage floors: hairdressing 3.18 euros, floristry 4.44 euros, horticulture 5.93 euros, baking 6.26 euros, butchery 5.50 euros. In thuringia, the state is led by a CDU/SPD coalition. CDU minister president christine lieberknecht (CDU) rejected the idea of setting a minimum wage in her speech and complained that the SPD and grune did not want to have their proposal discussed in the bundesrat committees.
According to the proposal, the minimum wage is to be set by a commission based at the federal ministry of labor, which is not bound by instructions. The commission is to be made up of three representatives each from the employer and the employee side, as well as three additional independent experts from the scientific community. The nine members of the "minimum wage commission" are to be appointed for five years.