The Corona pandemic with its more or less severe lockdowns has slowed down our economy and made it difficult to restart its activities. The government has therefore adopted a series of financial aids and measures to counteract the economic uncertainty and secure jobs.
For example, the government spent €935 million on short-time work from March 2020 to February 2021 alone. In addition, many direct aids were paid to companies as part of the Neistart Lëtzebuerg. The cost-of-living allowance was doubled and a family support leave was introduced – to name just a few examples.
The 2.8% increase in the minimum wage also reaches out to the most vulnerable in our society. This increase is considered every two years through an analysis of wage trends. The adjustment is not a formal right, but has so far been carried out every two years. Even during the steel and financial crises. It should be no different now.
In particular, the horesca sector and trade sector must not be unnecessarily burdened by the adjustment of the minimum wage. Therefore, a one-time bonus of 500 euros per employee was introduced as compensation. This was particularly important for the DP in order not to place an additional burden on companies during the crisis.