New experts for the Secretary of Labor: Good advice for the world of work – economics

Labor Minister Hubertus Heil (SPD) has found more advisers: In mid-August, the Labor World Council will meet for the first time in Berlin to “include new council members”. The committee established by Heil at the beginning of 2020 currently has twelve members. The original cast has shrunk by six over time: former Verdi president Frank Bsirske now sits in the Bundestag as the Greens spokesman for Labor and Social Policy, and entrepreneur and former Berlin president for crafts, Stephan Schwarz is Berlin’s economic senator.
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Last May, the Council presented its first report largely influenced by the pandemic experience. Gradually eliminate mini-jobs, better protect the self-employed, and make further education the mainstay of the education system – these were the recommendations of the commission consisting of scientists, trade unionists, works councils and employers. However, things did not go well with the employers’ representatives.

problems with employers

Bettina Volkens, formerly responsible for human resources at the Lufthansa Board, Janina Kugel in the same position at Siemens, and Uschi Backes-Gellner, professor of business administration in Zurich, soon lost interest in time-consuming and rather moderately paid advice. job. Like Kugel, Volkens, proposed by the Confederation of Employers’ Associations (BDA), was fundamentally opposed to state intervention in the labor market. The two quit in the spring of 2021, as did Backes-Gellner. In March last year, entrepreneur Iwer Jensen left the council.

Three members of the works council and five scientists

The science in the new council is represented by five people: Melanie Arntz, an expert on digitization at ZEW, was also a newcomer, as were Berlin political scientist Wolfgang Schröder and Sascha Stowasser, director of the Institute for Applied Ergonomics in Düsseldorf. The new board members also include HR manager Franz Donner, Anna Kaiser of Tandemploy, a Berlin-based workplace software company, and Alexandra Friedrich, a works council member of medical technology company B. Braun in Melsungen.

Recommendations for actions for companies and politics

Together with Sinischa Horvat (BASF) and Mathias Möreke (VW), two other members of the works council are members of the Labor World Council. There are also Isabel Rothe, president of the Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Michaela Evans from the Institute for Labor and Technology in Gelsenkirchen, Sabine Pfeiffer, a sociologist at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, and Ulrich Walwei, vice-director of the Institute for Labor Market and Vocational Research (IAB).
Möreke, who was proposed to the council by the German trade union federation, takes over the role of speaker in the group of twelve. In terms of social partnership, the deputy marshal should be nominated by the Confederation of Employers’ Associations (BDA). But the BDA finds no one. The idea of ​​sending Oliver Zander, the CEO of Metal Metal, could not be realized. But Heil is patient and gives BDA time.

Digitization as a goal

“Our job market is changing fast. In addition to the current challenges such as the corona crisis and the gas shortage, digitization and an aging population present us with new challenges, ‘Heil said on Tuesday. Workers must be prepared for this shift so that they can also do the work tomorrow. The Labor World Council offers “six new outstanding experts”.

important recommendations for action ”. According to the current plans, the next report will be presented by the Council at the beginning of February; it will mainly concern digitization and artificial intelligence.

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