SPD leader Martin Schulz and the Chairman of the German Trade Union Confederation Reiner Hoffman (DGB) gave a joint press conference in Berlin on Thursday, during which the pair agreed that the preliminary coalition talks appear favourable for workers in Germany. According to Schulz, the outcome of the exploratory coalition talks has achieved «many advances for the employees of our country». He... Еще went on to say that the «rights of the employees are clearly secured, from a national and European point of view.» Both men agreed that the preliminary paper contained much substance for employees, including the agreement that contributions to compulsory health insurance should in future be paid equally between employers and employees. The conference comes just days before the SPD makes a decision on whether to enter into coalition talks with the CDU/CSU alliance. Schulz has faced a backlash in recent times from party members, particularly the party's youth organisation, who have rejected the prospect of a «grand coalition».