German minister pushes for wage rises

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

    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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