Council workers could be forced to take a week\’s unpaid leave each year as part of radical plans to minimise job losses, it emerged yesterday.
They\’ll whine about it at the same time as they praise Germany\’s reaction to the recession: making lots of people work part time for less money.
It\’s exactly the same basic situation: instead of 5% of the people losing 100% of their income, have 100% of the people lose 5% of their income. Share the pain, you know?
OK, so I don\’t know that they\’ll whine, I just think they will. But if they do we\’ll learn something interesting about the UK labour market. Which is that we can\’t have the sort of consensual German system where unions and management plan together how best to deal with hard times: for the UK unions won\’t plan together like the German ones.