German minister pushes for wage rises

Labour minister says businesses are making profits and workers deserve a share of the success.

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    Germany's labour minister is calling for wage rises across the country after two years of strong economic growth.

    Ursula von der Leyen says German businesses are making profits and workers deserve a share of the success. The government is also working with companies to implement a system called kurzarbeit, which means cutting working hours rather than cutting jobs.

    The reforms have helped bring the jobless rate down to less than 7 per cent. However, many still struggle to make ends meet. 

    Nick Spicer reports from Berlin.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


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