Germany - IG Metall seeks shorter working week and pay increase - October 31, 2017

Trade union IG Metall will push for shorter working hours and 6% more pay for the 3.9 million workers in the upcoming negotiations in the metals and electrical sectors. The unions seek a drive for a better work-life balance. The demand by IG Metall reflects growing self-confidence among trade unions as Europe’s biggest economy is set to grow by roughly 2 per cent this year and unionists say employees should get a fair share of the success. IG Metall is campaigning for a right to reduce weekly hours to 28 from 35 — with a right to return to full-time work after two years — for shift workers and those caring for children or other relatives. An economic observer commented that the demand for better work hours instead of higher wages is part of a much bigger trend that shakes up economic assumptions and European monetary policy.

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