The Chancellor invites social partners to the Chancellery – on the agenda: price increase. Scholz avoids making specific promises. However, he rejects the fact that he expects wage cuts from the unions.
Federal Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) described rising heating prices as “social explosives” and outlined the prospect of further relief in the longer term. At the same time, Scholz suppressed expectations for the commencement of the planned joint action next Monday at the Law Firm in the ARD summer interview in the “Report from Berlin”.
Measures against inflation are to be discussed in this dialogue initiated by Scholz with social partners, academics and the Bundesbank.
He is very concerned about rising energy prices, Scholz said. “Because citizens have to deal with life, and if the heating bill suddenly rises by a few hundred euros, that’s a sum that many cannot cope with. It’s socially explosive. “
When asked about the DGB’s proposal for an energy price cap, Scholz said: “We will discuss all questions. : Germany reconnects everyone, the social partners, the state. I don’t want to prejudge the results. The campaign will be established in the long run.
Don’t discuss the second package before the first
Scholz reacted cautiously to federal president Frank-Walter Steinmeier’s call to consider further instruments to make life easier for people on low incomes. The Chancellor referred to earlier aid measures amounting to EUR 30 billion. “Right now, all these measures are being implemented,” he said. “I can say very specifically that I am convinced that it will not work now if we agree to the EUR 30 billion package – which has not even been implemented yet, many measures will be introduced from 1 July, many of which I still have not even heard on the spot, that they feel relieved – and then we talk about the next ones.
The chancellor predicted: “The next year will be the biggest challenge.” He said: “This year, almost everyone who did the calculations said that, thanks to the many actions we took, we absorbed about 90 percent of the price increase among lower- and middle-income people.”
Scholz dismissed the reports as a “free invention,” according to which he wanted one-off payments of corporate taxes and duties to employees, and wage cuts from unions in return. “Of course, we thought about how we can support the union activity, especially when prices go up next year,” he said. “But no one is suggesting that this is why there should be no real wage increases.”
Scholz said the 9 euro ticket will expire. “It always focused on three months.” (dpa)