Germany - Widespread use of short-time arrangement - February 19, 2010

The answers of 10,000 respondents in August-December 2009 on the continuousWageIndicator web survey (in Germany called Lohnspiegel) indicate that the official short-time arrangement has been widely used. Overall, the arrangement was used by 19% of all companies, but by a much larger part (35%) in companies that were hit by the crisis since the beginning of 2009. The score was even 73% among metal firms hit by the crisis. One in five respondents answered that their monthly wages had recently decreased; in metal manufacturing this was even one in three. The researchers of the Hans Böckler Foundation, in analysing the results, suggest that short-time work played a major role in decreasing wages.


This article was published in the Collective Bargaining Newsletter. It aims to facilitate information exchange between trade unions and to support the work of ETUC's collective bargaining committee. For more information, please contact the editor Maarten van Klaveren, Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Labour Studies (AIAS) You may find further information on the ETUI, and on the AIAS at © ETUI aisbl, Brussels 2009.

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