Germans Don′t Like to Strike | Business| Economy and finance news from a German perspective | DW | 10.08.2005
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Germans Don't Like to Strike

Research into labor practices have revealed that Germans rely less heavily on strikes than most other industrialized nations to secure favorable pay deals. According to a study by the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), Germany recorded an average of just 9.3 strike days per 1,000 people per year, and was bettered only by Austria, Japan and Switzerland. At the other end of the scale, Canadian workers chalked up the highest number of strike days, with an annual average of 189 between 1991 and 2000. Denmark was in second place with a yearly mean of 169.2. The report attributed Germany's meager strike activity to the country's generous blanket wage agreements.

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