Germany -Labour minister hails wage increases -February 11, 2012

In a journal interview, Labour Minister and vice-president of the governing CDU party, Ursula von der Leyen, has hailed real wage increases for German workers. She referred to the “reserved” wage development of the last few years that, in her view, substantially helped to get the German economy out of the crisis. Now that economy is on steam and profits are rising, von der Leyen went on, it is fully justified that workers get their fair share, which actually means wage increases higher than inflation – the exact levels to be decided by the social partners.



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