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Source: DGB – Federal Executive BoardPM 052 – 31.07.2019Sales of the labor force and the economy: better prevention than cure Annelie Buntenbach, member of the DGB Executive Board, said on Wednesday in Berlin: The labor market is still stable, but the situation is becoming more difficult. Thanks to the stable domestic economy, however, there is still no question of a slump in the labor market. Unemployment and underemployment increased in July, mainly due to the onset of the summer break. However, the high level of demand for new employees is weakening. Better prevention than cure: Given a possible slump and the structural change precaution is announced. The slump in the labor market should not be a crisis. Politicians and companies now have to act accordingly. The transformation short-time allowance proposed by IG Metall, which links the tried-and-tested short-time working with continuing training, must now be introduced swiftly. This can avoid layoffs. Any loss of production in the factories should be used to maintain jobs and at the same time to qualify the employees for work on new products. It is also important to examine whether, in the event of a significant economic downturn, the simplified short-time worker rules from the time of the financial market crisis should be reactivated. Unemployment insurance reserves would be sufficient to cope with a first slump and prevent job losses. Workers need better protection, but also in the case of unemployment. It is urgently necessary to extend the protection of unemployment insurance for employees in order to avoid slipping into Hartz IV. In addition, the conditions for further education must be improved. The unions have long been demanding a right to further training and better financial support. In particular, temporary workers could benefit from this scheme. Although they are the first to be hit by economic downturns and one in two work as a helper in temporary employment, they are less likely to have access to further education. However, in order to cushion the structural change, politicians must also invest massively in the infrastructure: with an investment program for housing construction, infrastructure and transport, but also in health care and education.

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