Representatives of the SPD and the Greens have rejected criticism of the planned citizens' allowance. "Apparently, the shot has not yet been heard from some employer representatives and in the Union," SPD General Secretary Kevin Kühnert told the newspapers of the Funke media group. "Instead of continuing to hum the song about allegedly too high standard rates that would make work unattractive, employers should finally assume their responsibility and create more attractive employment conditions through much stronger collective bargaining agreements." The logic of thumbscrews and low wages, especially in times of a shortage of skilled workers, is a fatal wrong way into the dead end of labor market policy.
Union and employers accused the coalition of leaving the needy in the aid system permanently. Social associations and unions criticized the planned monthly rates as too low. The Bundestag and Bundesrat still have to approve the law.
The Greens parliamentary group leader Britta Haßelmann told the "Rheinische Post" with regard to the Union criticism that if the CDU and CSU once again tried to play off social security for people and the lack of skilled workers against each other, then this misjudged the signs of the times. "We can only counteract the shortage of skilled workers with better working conditions in sectors such as care, with further training and qualification, better compatibility and, in particular, with a reform of the immigration of skilled workers."