Once again 22 years on the DGB puts the subject of occupational disease on its agenda
The German GroKo coalition agreement states that politicians want reform, so something must be put on the table. The last legislative changes date back to 1997 - so some time ago. In these more than 20 years, a little more than 1 million people have probably been left empty-handed in the statutory accident insurance system, although they fell ill and with a (very) significant probability became unable to work on the job. Every year over 50,000 people fall from the social grid.
The DGB, German Head of all trade-unsions, and in particular also the, in the meantime active industrial union "Metal" had invited IG Metall to a conference: When the job makes you ill - the BK rights on the test stand.
Representatives of the parties CDU/CSU, SPD, LEFT and GREENS were invited to the panel-discussion - along with the leader responsible for social policy, Markus HOFMANN, DGB - CDU/CSU. They were able to present their ideas on reform in general and, in particular, on the Federal Government's draft bill (see entry October 17th).
Without repeating the discussion here, this insight emerged above all:
- Not all politicians know about the problems of the GUV system and of the difficulties of those affected
- Not all politicians take the trouble to take note of them.
We had informed all on the podium beforehand, drawing their attention to our compact summary here www.ansTageslicht.de/Reform.
In connection with the research project Risk Perception, we will evaluate who expressed which needs for reform and how and who addressed which fundamental problems.
If we were to give school grades, the parties and their representatives performed like this: (= 1 equals best)
- LEFT-WING Party (MdB Jutta KRELLMANN): 1.3
- SPD (MdB Bernd RÜTZEL): 2.3
- GREENS (MdB Beate MÜLLER-GEMMEKE): 3.7
- CSU/CDU (MdB Max STRAUBINGER): 4.3
In summary: only the representatives of the parties the LINKE and the SPD are real contact persons for these unsolved occupational health problems.