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Hm. Could be, but the Minijob reform (Harz-II, 2003) did more for that.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Wed Feb 10th, 2010 at 04:22:48 PM EST
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Part of the movement, as I said. Creating insecurity for the unemployed is a well-tried way of pressuring those who have a job to accept tougher pay and productivity conditions.
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Wed Feb 10th, 2010 at 04:34:20 PM EST
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But fortunately there are Unions that will protect their member's jobs and fight back against the bosses!

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Wed Feb 10th, 2010 at 04:42:49 PM EST
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Not even. There have been pay cuts in Germany, often union-agreed or brokered. Overall, real wages have declined:

From DIW (German Economic Institute) Weekly Report, October 2009 (pdf), "Real Wages in Germany: Numerous Years of Decline".

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Thu Feb 11th, 2010 at 01:41:45 AM EST
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Forgot to add the <snark> tag.


She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Thu Feb 11th, 2010 at 03:21:28 PM EST
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Oh, I "heard" it. Just meant to say that the way the unions have valiantly fought to hold on to jobs for the employed is by accepting and even suggesting pay cuts.
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Fri Feb 12th, 2010 at 03:56:37 AM EST
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