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Where Germany Is Breaking the Labor Mold

Bayer
The chemical union agrees to reduce bonuses, ax an employee share-purchase program, and introduce flexible work hours over three years.

Volkswagen
The IG Metall union has agreed to a two-tier wage system. Temporary workers will earn 10% less than current employees.

Continental
Workers at the Hanover tire plant will increase their workweek by 75 minutes and make other concessions worth about $20 million.

Daimler Benz
Some 1,050 workers will see their normal workweek jump to 40 hours. Temporary workers can be hired for the first time.

Deutz
Workers at the machinery maker accept a second year of pay cuts, from 2.5% to 10%, in 1998. In return, workers will receive up to $11 million in Deutz stock.



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Updated July 17, 1997 by bwwebmaster
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