Merkel Adviser Calls for Changes in German Strike Rights

Wolfgang Franz, who heads German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s council of economic advisers, called for an overhaul of German strike rights to make the wage negotiation process more efficient, according to an article he wrote in Handelsblatt.

Sympathy strikes must be banned and warning strikes restricted, Franz said in the article published today. Germany needs a mandatory conciliation process with a binding “peace period” that prevents workers from striking during wage negotiations, he wrote.

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