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Source: Die Linke “Anyone who had expected a solid pension policy concept from the AfD after years of waiting would be bitterly disappointed. Instead of a solid and well-financed concept, the party puts forward mostly completely ill-conceived and unfunded reform ideas in less than 100 lines, writes off the coalition agreement between the Union and the SPD and calls on us to procreate as many children as possible. However, the party ignores the fact that around every sixth contributor to the pension scheme is foreign and our pension system would collapse without these people. Pension policy competence looks different, ”explains Matthias W. Birkwald, pension policy spokesman for the DIE LINKE parliamentary group, at the AfD’s social party conference in Kalkar. Birkwald continues: “The AfD puts the blame for the great need for pension reform on the social emancipation of women. Interestingly, she does not mention the radical market pension reduction policy of the past 20 years. True to the motto: Why easy when it can be complicated? Overall, so little came out of the AfD’s social party congress for pension policy that they could have saved the effort – shake your head! With regard to the discounts when entering retirement before the standard retirement age, the AfD is sticking to the discounts and even wants to tighten them. The surcharges of 0.5 percent per month for employment beyond the standard retirement age are obviously to be abolished. Linking the pension level to average life expectancy is nothing more than a reduction in pension. DIE LINKE, on the other hand, demands a pension level of 53 percent and that everyone must be able to retire at the latest from 65 without deductions, after 40 years of contributions even from 60. The proposal to combat poverty in old age is extremely bizarre. The AfD wants to grant people with pension income of 3,000 euros and more a right to “basic security in old age”, i.e. to the pensioner Hartz IV. The AfD is obviously confusing social justice with a state right to care for everyone. We LEFT demand that the statutory minimum wage be raised to at least twelve euros, collective bargaining coverage improved and the declaration of general binding ease. And we demand the introduction of an income and wealth-tested solidarity pension of initially 1050 euros net (1,200 euros from November 2021) – possibly supplemented by a reformed housing benefit in expensive municipalities, and that all people with earned income – including members of the Bundestag – in the statutory Pension insurance should be included (Drs. 19/17255). This is how you prevent poverty in old age across the board and in a targeted manner.


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