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In Germany and Austria, as well in the case of hours reduction the gov't pays some money out to reduce the shortfall in monthly income for the workers.
See the wikipage for Kurzarbeit. The monthly wage reduction has to be at least 10% that the gov't takes action and pays for 2/3 of the net difference to the full pay.

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Volker Pispers
by Martin (weiser.mensch(at)googlemail.com) on Wed Mar 4th, 2009 at 07:15:44 PM EST
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