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Minimum Wage? Not in Academia and Education...

Published on Mar 19, 2016 Tag:
A current enquiry proves that the real wage rate of workers in the fields of science and education is alarmingly low. According to the report, DGB-Jugend Berlin Brandenburg also pays its contractors far below the minimum wage.

The law about the minimum wage celebrates its first birthday. Meanwhile employers in all sectors are trying to find other ways to keep the wages down. Education always has been a field of atypical terms of employment and a lot of freelance work.

Our friends of Netzwerk Prekäres Wissen just conducted some research and wrote a Report which compares wage rates of different employers in education and science. The results are alarming: the vast majority earns below the minimum wage.

As the study focuses on freelance work mostly workers still have to pay taxes and insurance from that amount. So, often there is not much left for living.

An explosive detail of the study is that a lot of the analyzed clients are trade unions. For example the contractors of DGB-Jugend Berlin Brandenburg mostly only earn around six Euro per hour (report, p.16). This is the second time this year that this institution of the confederation of German trade unions produces negative headlines. Just in January a frame contract of a freelance trainer was resigned after union activities (details). 

The report confirms that the working conditions in this field are not only embarrassing but intolerable.  

The education section of the FAU Berlin fights for better working conditions in this sector. Don´t put up with these unfair practices - organize!

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