In the debate on the future of Hartz IV, the head of the Federal Agency for work (BA), Detlef Scheele has pleaded for reforms. Scheele turned at the same time, but clearly against the claims of the SPD to abolish the current system of basic security.

Also in Germany employers have warned of a complete u-turn in the case of Hartz IV, The German trade Union Federation (DGB) called for, however, fundamental Changes.

Scheele told the German press Agency in Nuremberg: “There is need for reform in this law, but the problems are solvable.” The CEO of BA said: “We are not in favour of the whole of the law turn around.”

the SPD party and parliamentary group head of Andrea Nahles announced in November: “We will not let Hartz IV behind us.” Shortly thereafter, you specified in the “Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung”: “The new base backup must be a citizen of money.” Services should be adequate, sanctions would have to be largely eliminated.

On 10. and 11. January, the theme is likely to play a start to the year the exam of the SPD group in the Bundestag a role. In a further exam, the SPD wants to, according to the Secretary-General Lars Klingbeil at 10. and 11. February decisions on their “programmatic reorganization” meeting.

Federal Minister of labour, Hubertus Heil (SPD) announced the last in a Hartz-IV-Reform in the course of this year: Tougher sanctions for Under-25-Year-old, as well as the reduction of cost of property should be abolished, the duties of cooperation of the beneficiaries, but retained. The background is that the Jobcenter Hartz-IV-can reduce benefits when patients refuse their participation.

Scheele called it similar to how salvation is “not reasonable”, cost of the property to cut, for young people to Zero. “But without sanctions as an ultima ratio.” Approximately three percent of all beneficiaries are sanctioned in the month.

the employers ‘ President Ingo Kramer criticized the SPD to the announcements, Hartz IV to overcome. “My impression is, there’s a party in the tumultuous downward spiral and is trying to save these stories in a populist,” Kramer said of the dpa in Berlin. In surveys, the SPD currently reaches nationwide, 14 to 17 percent. “Although there are policies introduced by the SPD itself”, – stressed the head of the Confederation of German employers ‘ associations. The Hartz reforms were introduced under the former SPD-Chancellor Gerhard Schröder. “That you always have to readjust, is normal, the power of each company,” said Kramer. “But on the basic principle, nothing should be changed, namely, to encourage and challenge.”

DGB-Chef Reiner Hoffmann praised the SPD, however, that it “has initiated a debate on social security in the digital and economic change.” The top trade unionists in the country, complained: “In the basic structure of Hartz IV, there is great error.” The rule set lying at a level at and below the subsistence minimum. “Who has for years worked, may not slip off as it is today after 12 months of unemployment benefit I to Hartz IV.” The duration should be based on the contribution periods. Strengthened the principle of promoting needs to be. “People should be able to in the face of change in the world of work, with government assistance, more more to qualify, even if you have your workplace for many years appeared to be safe.”


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Teodora Torrendo is an investigative journalist and is a correspondent for European Union. She is based in Zurich in Switzerland and her field of work include covering human rights violations which take place in the various countries in and outside Europe. She also reports about the political situation in European Union. She has worked with some reputed companies in Europe and is currently contributing to USA News as a freelance journalist. As someone who has a Masters’ degree in Human Rights she also delivers lectures on Intercultural Management to students of Human Rights. She is also an authority on the Arab world politics and their diversity.