4-day week in the midst of crisis? But funny Kipping idea hurts even Left-objectives

The economic consequences of the Corona are obvious. It is less produced and purchased, the number of unemployed and short time workers is on the rise. A return

4-day week in the midst of crisis? But funny Kipping idea hurts even Left-objectives

The economic consequences of the Corona are obvious. It is less produced and purchased, the number of unemployed and short time workers is on the rise. A return to the times "in front of Corona" requires an economic effort. Katja Kipping, the Co-Chairman of the left party, thinks quite differently. She sees right now is a ideal opportunity to take advantage of the forced under-employment of many people for an area-wide reduction of working time: a Four-day week with a maximum of 30 hours for all. About the author: Hugo Müller-Vogg

Dr. Hugo Müller-Vogg publicist and former publisher of the FAZ is.

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It is almost a ludicrous idea that we come through the crisis better if less is working. However, Kipping, studied Slawistin and, so far, not as an economic expert, noticed, believe to know it better. The Four-day-a-week make workers "happier, healthier, and more productive," she says. The benefit to the company, because happy employees made fewer mistakes and are motivated to be. Less work as a means to higher productivity and greater economic power – in this idea it is necessary to come only once.

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For Kipping advent of course, beyond question, that the happiness of the 30-hour-Jobber may not be due to the lower income clouded. Who should pay the wage for the future, not work, is for the Left, too: first of all, the government, who else? After a year, then the employer and the trade unions would have to rules the 30-hour week by collective agreement. That this should be done with full pay, says Kipping, not explicitly, but must be assumed.

Kippings thrust is that first the state and later the company to spend money on it, that worked for less and less is produced. Inevitably, this leads to less tax revenue, making the state even more difficult to Finance its numerous measures to stimulate the economy. Less tax revenue, along with the constant Call of the Left for higher social benefits and pensions.

It may well be that the Left-Chairman has read your Marx and the utopian Ideal, "from Each according to his needs, everyone is chasing after according to his abilities". But your recipe, to send the German collective in a kind of "short-time work de luxe", made out of the current economic crisis, not a permanent condition. After the EU summit: Reporter Merkel brings unpleasant question in expository FOCUS Online/Wochit After the EU summit: Reporter brings Merkel with the unpleasant question in expository

Updated Date: 23 July 2020, 08:26

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