MIL OSI Translation. Region: Germany / Deutschland –
Source: Die Linke “The slight decrease in unemployment compared to the previous month gives no reason to sound the all-clear. Significant risks for the labor market remain: the number of infections is currently rising so rapidly that new restrictions are becoming more likely. In addition, there is a risk of bankruptcies in the next few months, the extent of which is still difficult to assess, and the economic transformation through digitization and more environmentally friendly technologies is causing long-lasting upheavals in the labor market. Unemployment is still more than a quarter higher than in the previous year. The federal government must therefore not rely on the fact that the worst has been averted on the labor market, but should prepare unemployment insurance for new challenges, “comments Sabine Zimmermann, labor market policy spokeswoman for the DIE LINKE parliamentary group, on the current monthly report of the Federal Employment Agency. Zimmermann continues:
“Access to unemployment insurance must be made easier and benefits must be available for longer. A first step would be to continue the temporary extension of the period of entitlement in line with the special regulations for short-time work benefits in 2021. But not only temporary measures are needed in the pandemic, but also a permanently higher standard of performance. This also includes increasing unemployment benefits and better promoting further training. The current crisis should be used to prepare employees for the economic transformation, not just in short-time work. In addition, the right to further training for all employed and unemployed people should be accompanied by a further training allowance of 90 percent of the last net wage. Increasing performance and strengthening further training in the economic crisis is a tried and tested means that was already used in the 1970s. “
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