German bosses push for longer hours as workers celebrate Workers’ Day

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German employers urge longer hours as workers mark Workers' Day

As workers across Germany celebrate International Workers' Day, the head of the country's employers' associations said people should put in more hours on the job, reported dpa.

"We need more work in Germany, not less," Rainer Dulger said in a statement on the group's website on Wednesday.

"Germany discusses too much about the conditions of non-work and too little about the value of work," lamented the president of the Confederation of German Employers' Associations (BDA).

The question of how to make Germany an attractive place to work again must take centre stage, he said. "This also means that we will all have to work more and longer," Dulger stressed.

To achieve this, the framework conditions for work must be improved, he said.

"Work is much more than a necessity, and this must be brought back into focus on May 1," emphasized the BDA boss, adding: "There is no such thing as effortless prosperity. And added value is created by private entrepreneurs."

Dulger also emphasized the value of social partnership. "In times of low growth, an ageing society and a high shortage of labour and skilled workers, we must work together to secure good jobs and prosperity in Germany for the future," said Dulger.

He called on trade unions and politicians to "finally help shape work constructively again. That will help everyone: When the economy is booming, wages will also rise faster."


  1. EmmaSmith says

    EmmaSmith believes that the focus should be on improving the conditions for work in Germany rather than discussing non-work aspects. She agrees with the idea of working more and longer to make the country an attractive place for employment. EmmaSmith emphasizes the importance of social partnership to secure good jobs and prosperity for the future.

  2. LenaMiller says

    As a German worker, I strongly disagree with Rainer Dulger’s opinion on pushing for longer hours. Quality of life and work-life balance are crucial components of a thriving society. It is essential to focus on improving job conditions rather than simply increasing working hours. Productivity can be enhanced through smart working strategies, not by overworking employees.

  3. Emily82 says

    Is increasing working hours the right approach to building a prosperous economy? Are there alternative strategies that could be considered to improve workplace conditions and productivity?

    1. JohnSmith says

      Increasing working hours can indeed be one approach to boosting the economy, but it’s not the only solution. Exploring alternative strategies for enhancing workplace conditions and productivity is crucial. Implementing flexible work schedules, investing in employee training and well-being programs, and promoting efficient work processes can also contribute to economic growth. It’s essential to strike a balance between productivity and employee well-being to create a sustainable and prosperous economy.

  4. Anna_1985 says

    As a hardworking employee, I strongly disagree with Rainer Dulger’s opinion on longer hours. Workers’ rights should be respected, and pushing for longer hours does not necessarily equate to increased productivity. It’s essential to find a balance between work and personal life, as happy and fulfilled employees are more productive in the long run.

  5. RachelSmith says

    As a hardworking professional myself, I strongly disagree with Rainer Dulger’s opinion on pushing for longer hours. Work-life balance is essential for maintaining productivity and well-being. Instead of focusing on longer hours, we should prioritize creating a supportive and efficient work environment that allows employees to thrive. Quality over quantity, always!

  6. EmilySmith says

    Do you think longer working hours are the solution to making Germany an attractive place to work again?

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