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German union wins 28-hour working week and pay rise

by Futures Centre, Apr 3
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German workers have won a major victory after a prominent employers group agreed to the demands of the country’s largest trade union, which included a 28-hour working week and a 4.3% pay rise. The agreement between IG Metall, a metalworks union which represents a variety of industrial workers, and Südwestmetall employer’s federation was reached after six rounds of talks, and a series 24-hour strikes. The two-year deal covers 900,000 workers in the metals and electrical industries in Baden-Württemberg, home to several of Germany’s most high-profile industrial groups, including Daimler and Bosch.

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