German Chancellor Angela Merkel
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Angela Merkel calls for German statutory minimum wage

Austerity is very much the buzz-word in Europe at the moment - so why is the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, planning to introduce a statutory minimum wage?

The proposal is being discussed at the Christian Democratic Union party's annual congress in Leipzig.

Germany's unions have welcomed the plan as long over-due, pointing out that workers from eastern Europe have forced down wages.

Tristana Moore reports.

  • 14 Nov 2011
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