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  • Paul M.

Short-time working: No end near

Aktualisiert: 17. Nov. 2023

(Correpsondence from the workplace)

It did not take long and many workers are working in short-time again. A factory in Steyr with over 4.000 workers, which has increased it‘s profit for eleven Million Euros compared to the year before, is now again sending it‘s workers to short-term work. Since the workers mainly pay their wages themselves with short-time work, the bosses and investors have noticeably more profits. The current application of short-time working is legitimized with bottlenecking in the supply. But since a lot of the profits from last year were put aside by the company, it would not be necessary to send the workers into short-time again. But the supports for short-time work are paid from tax money and the bosses do not have to pay out from their own pocket, production is running nonetheless and the bonuses are secured. The costs of the crisis are put on the shoulders of the workers, and short-term work is therefore a good tool.

Image: Printing machine HEDELBERG, by Regieroales, CC BY-SA 3.0


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