Union sets conditions for short-time allowance extensions

Photo: CDU / CSU parliamentary group (via dts news agency)
Photo: CDU / CSU parliamentary group (via dts news agency)

Berlin (dts news agency) – The Union parliamentary group is apparently ready to extend the short-time work allowance demanded by the SPD if the conditions for it are tightened. According to a report by the “Rheinische Post” (Monday edition) there should have been corresponding agreements on Sunday afternoon in a switch with Union parliamentary group leader Ralph Brinkhaus (CDU) on short-time work benefits, which the SPD wants to extend from twelve to up to 24 months. Accordingly, the Union wants to speak in the coalition committee on Tuesday evening, among other things, about linking short-time allowance with further training measures.

Union parliamentary group vice Carsten Linnemann told the newspaper: “There shouldn’t be a simple continuation of the short-time work allowance. We have to sharpen the conditions so that deadweight effects are excluded.” The decision to increase the short-time allowance from 60 percent of the failed net wage – or 67 percent for workers with children to up to 87 percent from the seventh month onwards – “must be reduced to the old level,” said the CDU politician.

“Now the time has come when we can no longer spend the money with full hands.” The debate about short-time working allowance is the first example of the election campaign mode before the federal election in 2021. “We have to make the decisions factually and rationally. The virus does not know an election campaign.”