Germany -Strikes lead to higher pay increase -July 25, 2011

The 9,000 workers covered by the GWE (gas, water, electricity) agreement in North-Rhine Westfalia will see their pay increase by 3.3% in 2011. The unions won an increased offer (up from 3%) following a series of warning strikes. The agreement will last 14 months rather than the 15 proposed by the employers. The agreement also commits the employers to maintain the level of apprenticeships and to take on apprentices for at least 12 months after they have qualified.


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