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It's very often part-time, temporary, and low-paid work. And then there is a certain percentage of workers with full-time contracts and good wages. The first group is desperately trying not to be unemployed again, the second group is trying not to fall into the first group.
by Katrin on Fri Mar 2nd, 2012 at 01:30:04 PM EST
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And perhaps even disagreement over what "good wages" actually are, in relation to the current world. There must be some reason why Fraport and Berlin's two airports keep getting shutdown.

"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Ana´s Nin
by Crazy Horse on Fri Mar 2nd, 2012 at 02:00:22 PM EST
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Nope. It's an effect of a policy to destroy collective bargaining. We used to have labour agreements for whole areas and branches of trade. A strike would have hit where it hurts most, of course: the 0.5% of airport workers who can block the entire airport would have striked for ALL workers of the dozen or so of airports the agreement was for, including the cleaners. This gave the unions a wonderful lever.

This is no longer the case: these workers have now unions of their own and strike for a rise of their own group's pay, but nobody else's. This means more strikes of groups who have the potential to efficiently strike, but an advantage for only few workers.

by Katrin on Fri Mar 2nd, 2012 at 02:23:33 PM EST
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Is it true that "minijobs" pay no social security contributions so the workers lack most of the entitlements usually associated with the German welfare state?

There are three stories about the euro crisis: the Republican story, the German story, and the truth. -- Paul Krugman
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Mar 2nd, 2012 at 04:50:07 PM EST
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Yes, that's true. There is no pension and no unemployment insurance with these jobs. Health care usually isn't the problem, because married people are insured in their partners' insurance, if they haven't got an income of their own. In short, 400 Euro jobs are attractive for housewives and perpetuate dependence of women.
by Katrin on Fri Mar 2nd, 2012 at 05:10:46 PM EST
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