German Auto Workers in the Crisis
Against The Current vol. 144

Feeley, Dianne

Publisher:  Against The Current
Date Written:  01/01/2010
Year Published:  2010  
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX13590

German auto workers, unlike their U.S. brothers and sisters, were somewhat sheltered from the economic crisis in 2009. Given that it was an election year, the government passed a law last March that supplemented their wages when they worked a “short” week. Between what they were paid by their employer and the government supplement, they earned 65-90% of their usual wage. The government also had a version of “cash for clunkers” so some auto plants were at full production.

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