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Government doubles civil servants' Christmas bonuses

The Local · 6 Oct 2011, 06:42

Published: 06 Oct 2011 06:42 GMT+02:00

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Back then the annual bonus payment to federal government employees paid at the end of the year was halved from 60 percent of their monthly salary to roughly 30 percent, saving taxpayers billions of euros.

Weihnachtsgeld or “Christmas money,” is a German tradition where employers pay employees an extra bonus around the holiday season. It is typically between half and a full month’s pay.

It is normally enshrined in work contracts, although employers often insert opt-out clauses allowing them to avoid the payment during financial downturns.

The 2006 reduction for civil servants was controversial, but was pushed through in the face of government financial uncertainty. It was said to have saved €3 billion.

Interior Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich said this week that the bonuses were being raised again now because the government was doing better economically – in 2006 officials had said it might take until 2015 until the bonuses were reverted to their original level.

Organisations representing government workers, including the Confederation of German Trade Unions welcomed the announcement, saying it was long overdue.

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But the German Taxpayers Association warned of a “bonanza for civil servants” that would have a deep impact on the federal budget.

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Your comments about this article

10:57 October 6, 2011 by dcgi
What's up with that €5?
14:43 October 6, 2011 by florian royack
Comment removed by The Local for breach of our terms.
17:19 October 6, 2011 by Wise Up!
Better to give it to Greece. They really need it more.
18:46 October 6, 2011 by Englishted
@florian royack

There was a festival at mid winter before he who should not be praised came along ,if he ever did and if it was on 25.12.0000 .Ho,Ho,Ho.
20:45 October 6, 2011 by cobalisk
Christmas is not when Jesus was born. Dec 25th was a Roman holiday that was co-opted.

Ergo, it is totally cool to get a x.mas bonus in Europe as Europeans existed long before x-mas and, come to think of it...long before Jesus.
22:35 October 6, 2011 by florian royack
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18:28 October 7, 2011 by Englishted
@florian royack

Saturday = Roman God Saturn

Sunday= Sun god

Monday = Moon god

Tuesday =Tiu's day god of war and sky

Wednesday =Woden's day ,chief god

Thursday = Thor (see new film) or god of thunder.

Friday=Freya's day look a woman god .

So the ignorance of the christian right is "unbelieveable"
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