Business: Working Less

A shorter week in Germany

Labor unrest is hitting Europe. In Britain last week, striking truck drivers disrupted imports and food deliveries. In Spain, state employees briefly shut down the railroads in one of the biggest walkouts since the civil war. French steelworkers struck in Lorraine for a day to protest job cuts. But peace of sorts came to the Ruhr Valley as West German steelworkers voted to end a bitter 45-day strike.

This dispute, the country's second longest in any industry since World War II, was the latest and most dramatic example of the growth of labor tensions in Germany. As layoffs...

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