Greece and Germany have more in common than you might think

“It would be wrong, to regard the conflict over the way out of the crisis as one between Germany and Greece. German workers for example have not benefited from the export success. In fact, increases in German productivity have to a significant extent resulted from drastic downward pressure on wages and working related conditions.

German employers have relentlessly squeezed their workers and the country’s export success has been built on increasing inequality within German society. Hence, the real conflict here is between workers and big business. This takes place across the EU, as employers have abused the post-crisis environment to lower wages, increase zero hour contracts and undermined trade unions‘ collective bargaining rights, all the while preserving their profits.”


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