Luxembourg -Prime minister tests tone of state of the nation with unions and employers -April 09, 2013

Ahead of his state of the nation speech, prime minister Juncker met with representatives of unions and employers separately. Both meetings were dominated by negative economic outlooks presented by the finance ministry earlier. While unions stressed the importance of holding on to the indexation of wages, employers insisted that letting go of the practice would strengthen the country’s competitiveness. Both parties expressed worries over job losses, while employers added that the outsourcing of industries would lead to the further decrease in the availability of low skill jobs. A high level industry advisory board that was recently established does not include trade union representatives.

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