Society: Coalition rejects criticism of citizen income

Coalition rejects criticism of citizen money

Citizens' benefit: single people should receive 502 euros a month and young people 420 euros.  Photo: Bernd Wüstneck/dpa

Citizens' benefit: single people should receive 502 euros a month and young people 420 euros. photo

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It is the biggest social reform in years: the traffic light government wants to leave Hartz IV behind with the citizens' income. There was criticism at the start of the parliamentary procedure - the coalition defended itself.

Representatives of the SPD and the Greens have criticized the planned citizen money rejected. "Apparently, the shot has not yet been heard from some employer representatives and in the Union," SPD General Secretary Kevin Kühnert told the newspapers of the Funke media group. "Instead of continuing to warble about standard rates that are allegedly too high, which would make work unattractive, employers should finally assume their responsibility and create more attractive employment conditions through much stronger collective bargaining agreements." The logic of thumbscrews and low wages, especially in times of a shortage of skilled workers, is a fatal wrong way into the dead end of labor market policy.

Millions of people in Germany are to receive more money and better care from January 1st with the citizen benefit. The federal cabinet gave the green light for the central social reform of the traffic light coalition on Wednesday. The citizen money should Hartz IV for the more than five million people affected in its current form.

Union and employers accused the coalition of leaving the needy in the aid system permanently. Social associations and unions criticized the planned monthly rates as too low. The Bundestag and Bundesrat still have to approve the law.

The Greens parliamentary group leader Britta Haßelmann told the "Rheinische Post" with a view to the criticism of the Union when the CDU and CSU once again tried to provide social security for people and skills shortage playing them off against each other, then misjudge the signs of the times. "We can only counteract the shortage of skilled workers with better working conditions in sectors such as care, with further training and qualification, better compatibility and, in particular, with a reform of the immigration of skilled workers."


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