Predictably, they’re Very Concerned. The piece is a pretty good analysis of recent business scandals in Germany, and the accompanying wave of strikes:
For many years, Germany had far fewer strikes than most other developed economies. But the Cologne Institute for Economic Research, a business-funded think tank, estimates the country last year posted its highest number of strike days since 1993. The incidence of strikes was roughly five times higher than the annual average during the first half of this decade. When train drivers walked off the job several times last year to demand that their wages be boosted by nearly a third, opinion polls showed them enjoying public support, even as the transportation system descended into chaos.
Part of workers’ resentment reflects a growing spread between haves and have-nots. For the past couple of years, workers have seen a long-stalled economy accelerate — and corporate profits surge. But they continue to view their own prospects as dim, and that divergence is widening, says [TNS Emnid researcher Klaus-Peter] Schöppner, with polls indicating that fewer than 10% of people are optimistic about their personal situation.