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October 11th, 2011, 21:27
Originally Posted by Thrasher View Post
That's shocking, really. To think one could get stuck as an unskilled worker for the rest of your life just because you had a bad test day. Terrible.

And I thought the US system was bad.
Well, you are not "stuck" as such - because you can get additional training. Either by yourself (costs must be covered by yourself) or by the so-called "job centers", the former "Arbeitsamt" (dict.leo.org translates it as an "exployment bureau", its a government thing on federal state basis).

Originally Posted by GothicGothicness View Post
The scary part is Germany is the country doing best by far among the big economies in the EU.
The worst problem are the small wages. Employees just don't participate in the strong economy not that much anymore. Because being suupported by the politicians which had been convinced by the industry that bigger wages are bad for the economy (and they COULD convince them during the last decade, especially when Germany's economy was doing bad in for several years within the last decade) the overall wages have been cut a bit - the unions agreed not to ask for too high wages - and the so-called "Leiharbeit" spread like mushrooms. Dict.leo.org translates this as "labour leasing". Minimum wages, short-time employment, the indistry is having a good time. Because this "labour leasing" replaced in a lot of cases full employment - for lesser wages. "Leased" people too often do almost exactly the same work - but for much, much lesser wages and not much job assurance anymore.

The German economy is strong, because the wages are small. Smaller than they could and imho should be.

But regardless : The inland economy is currently flourishing as well - and no-one understands why.

Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction. (E.F.Schumacher, Economist, Source)
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