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Source: DGB – BundesvorstandPM 005 – 02/10/2021For a sustainable economy and good work for everyone The Executive DGB Federal Executive presented the political priorities for the year 2021 in Berlin on Wednesday and assessed the current political situation, referring to the corona pandemic DGB chairman Reiner Hoffmann on the successes of the trade unions: The increase in short-time allowance, the extension of the childhood sick days and the expansion of occupational health and safety. In the next few months it will be important to “keep the negative effects of the pandemic in check and at the same time set the course – for a sustainable economy and good work in the future for everyone.” In the super election year 2021, the DGB will secure employment, the focus on social cohesion and economic recovery. “A modernization strategy must be available in September that combines investments for the future with social security for the people and courageously tackles the structural change that lies ahead,” said Hoffmann. “Every investment that is not made is a burden for young people and loses the future viability of our economy.” Hoffmann also recalled overdue plans by the federal government: “The strengthening of collective bargaining agreements promised in the coalition agreement must come so that more people are protected by collective agreements. This guarantees higher wages, shorter working hours and better working conditions. ”The co-determination of employees must also be strengthened:“ This includes making company co-determination fit for the world of work of the future. The stalemate in terms of participation policy must come to an end. The recent blockade by the Union to facilitate the establishment of works councils within the framework of the Works Council Strengthening Act is irresponsible. ”The eight DGB trade unions recorded a slight decline in the past year. They had a good 5,850,000 members and had 300,000 new entrants. Hoffmann said: “Even in times of pandemic we organize more people than any other organization. Trade unions are and will remain member organizations and must also be able to reach employees on the move. For that we need a digital right of access. “On the negative consequences of the pandemic for equality between men and women, the deputy DGB chairman Elke Hannack pointed out:” Often the mothers stay at home and take care of the childcare. Traditional role models threaten to solidify again, ”she said in view of the fact that daycare centers and schools are still closed. The extended child sickness benefit could be an appropriate wage replacement benefit, but it had to be improved. “The regulation must last for the entire period of the pandemic in order to give parents as much planning security as possible,” said the union. In general, all policy measures should be examined to see whether they promote equality between men and women. “The goals are clear: We need better wages in female-dominated professions, more women in management positions and a gender-equitable distribution of gainful employment and care work.” Hannack required significantly more investment in the education sector, where there is often a lack of staff and equipment. “We expect a future federal government to work with the federal states and municipalities to launch a vigorous renovation program. Schools in poorer communities and districts in particular need more support. ”Corona is also intensifying the social divide in the education system. “The ministers of education should finally develop a concept for those schoolchildren who cannot or can hardly be reached in distance learning.” Especially for these disadvantaged children and adolescents, targeted face-to-face offers in small groups are needed . “Even if the pandemic is causing government spending to skyrocket, a shrinking state is no prospect for us. Now the course is being set so that the public service remains capable of acting. This finally requires sensible personnel planning – and that at all levels. ”The social and ecological transformation is“ a great opportunity and challenge at the same time, ”emphasized DGB board member Stefan Körzell. “The trade unions are ready to help shape the economy in a climate-neutral way, while maintaining value-added networks.” In order to involve employees, “we call for transformation councils that bring politics, society and business together”. Political action must firstly show employees and consumers understandable ways in which the climate targets are to be achieved; and secondly, support the change through a targeted and preventive industrial, service and structural policy. Körzell described the pandemic-related economic and investment programs as the “right starting point for a public sector investment offensive”. Politics should not let up here, “we need a long-term economic stimulus program, as we presented it with the BDI a year ago”. The economic stabilization fund should therefore be converted into a transformation fund. “One thing is clear: the transformation will cost money. The federal government must take out additional loans for this. But it also needs a permanent strengthening of the income base through fair tax reform, ”emphasized the trade unionist. The DGB will present a new tax concept in the next few months “with which we will approach all democratic parties”. According to Körzell, it is important that “the debt brake remains suspended and does not come into force again in its current form”. State future investments in infrastructure, climate protection and digitization should generally no longer fall under the debt brake. “Solidarity is the currency that helps us out of the crisis,” emphasized Anja Piel, DGB Federal Board member and called for the welfare state to be strengthened. “The most important task of acting and following federal governments is to close social gaps,” demanded Piel. Short-time working allowance, the solidarity community of health insurance and the secure statutory pension would have effectively cushioned the greatest hardships of the pandemic for the time being. Nevertheless, the social inequality was further exacerbated by Corona. “That is why we need robust political security promises for the crisis and beyond. Otherwise we leave the field to right-wing populists who want our democracy to continue to erode. Those who, like some employers, are now dreaming of social cutbacks make themselves jointly responsible for the fears and processes of division in our society, ”said Piel. For care, Piel warned of the reform long announced by the Minister of Health: The co-payments for inpatient care continued last year increased, the employees were finally at the end of their tether in the second Corona wave: “The federal government must now not wait any longer. We need the system change: A new care citizen insurance that creates security for those who are cared for as well as for the caregivers. ”Piel also calls on the Minister of Health to change course for crisis costs:“ With expensive laws, Spahn first financially destabilized the health insurances, then he did made the solidarity community of the GKV the paymaster of the corona crisis. ”Therefore, the federal subsidy to the health fund must now be significantly expanded. Fighting a pandemic is a state responsibility and must therefore be financed from taxes, not from the contributions of the insured. For the election year, Piel also called for a clear course of the old-age provision with a stable pension level beyond 2025. She gave a clear rejection of the push for a higher retirement age. The statements of the members of the DGB Executive Board
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