Employers call for “Future Agenda 2030”

Berlin (dpa) – Shortly before the federal election, employers are calling for a “future agenda 2030”.

After the election, the new federal government will have to take off to business location and growth and secure long-term prosperity, according to a nine-point plan of the Federation of German Employers’ Associations.

“We now need a policy that turns on the turbo and not a sleeping car policy.” The plan was available to the German Press Agency.

The employers are calling for a state minister for structural change in the Federal Chancellery. The topic of structural change in the German economy must also be given priority in politics. Germany is facing huge challenges. “We don’t have time to stand still,” they say. “We need a bold agenda for the future 2030.” A “huge structural change” is imminent, driven by digitization, decarbonisation and demography.

Demands for the first 100 days

The The top association names nine points that the new federal government should tackle in the first 100 days. For example, an “unleashing program” for the economy is called for, with extensive de-bureaucratisation. “The focus should be on planning law that accelerates investment, not preventing it, as well as faster digitization of the administration.” Give up percent. “Without reform measures, there is a risk of a considerable increase here.” The new government must also completely abolish the solos and reject tax increases. There must be more flexibility on the labor market, for example with instruments such as temporary work – this is described as one of the most important “stepping stones” in employment.

The umbrella association also advocates German working time law adapt to the EU Working Time Directive. “It enables the legally permissible maximum working time to be related not to the day, but to the week.” In addition, opening clauses in collective agreements should be made possible in order to better manage rest periods. This should give employees more flexibility in the organization of their everyday work and improve the compatibility of family and work.

Against an increase in the minimum wage

The education system must be modernized sustainably the targeted immigration of skilled workers will be simplified. The plan also states that a politically influenced increase in the minimum wage must be ruled out. The negotiations would have to remain with the minimum wage commission made up of social partners. “A competition to beat the minimum wage damages collective bargaining autonomy.”

The minimum wage is currently 9 60 euros per hour. On January 1st 2022 it will be on 9, 82 and on July 1st 2022 on 10, 45 euros raised. The minimum wage commission recommended these levels decided by the federal cabinet. In their election manifestos, the SPD and the Greens are calling for the minimum wage to be increased 12 euros, the left wants 13 euros.

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