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Digital expert discussion on “Pandemic and the changing world of work”

The consequences of the corona pandemic are deeply affecting the world of work. Many employees work from home, others see themselves exposed to completely new challenges in their environment. In view of all these upheavals, Uwe Schummer, chairman of the workers’ group of the CDU / CSU parliamentary group, invited to the digital expert discussion “Pandemic and the changing world of work”.

“As the consequences of the pandemic continue, we have to closely monitor and evaluate the effects on the world of work,” emphasized Schummer. In a quick action, many employees would have relocated their work home to cushion the consequences of the pandemic for their companies. Now it is important to take a closer look at the effects of this change. At the same time, other employees are excluded from the possibilities of home office or mobile work – but for them too, the everyday environment has changed noticeably. And last but not least, some employees would have to reckon with certain risks because they have frequent contact with other people, for example as carers, police officers or bus drivers.

Resistance to crises between employee and employer

Of course, the employers’ perspective was also discussed: How can “remote management” be ensured in everyday home office work? And how can technical solutions be found if, for example, large amounts of security-relevant data are sent or stored?

Karl-Josef Laumann, Minister for Labor, Health and Social Affairs in North Rhine-Westphalia, also recalled the importance of the social partnership in the debate: “Especially in times of crisis, the stable relationships between employees and employers prove themselves.” Particularly sharpened are people who have had existential problems in the past few months: “Many a showman made his last income at the Christmas market last year. It’s a drama, ”said Laumann.

Volker Ullrich: “We have to strengthen the collective bargaining agreement”

And Volker Ullrich, CSU deputy and chairman of the CSU social wing, warned that the dignity of work must be preserved. After all, the work not only serves to earn a living, but is also meaningful. In the crisis, however, care must also be taken to ensure that work is not “delimited”. In particular, those earning lower or middle incomes would be entitled to clear guidelines for everyday work. Ullrich is therefore certain: “We have to strengthen collective bargaining coverage.”


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