Union representatives threaten to block the basic pension

Shortly before the first deliberations in the Bundestag, the dispute over the project comes to a head again. From the Union it is said that the present draft law is “not approvable.”

Federal Minister of Labor Hubertus Heil

KShortly before the first deliberations in the Bundestag on the planned basic pension this Friday, the dispute over the project has intensified. The economic wing of the Union threatened to block the bill. Top representatives of the SPD appealed to the CDU and CSU not to delay the project. According to the draft by Federal Labor Minister Hubertus Heil (SPD), the basic pension is to be paid from next January.

It is therefore planned that around 1.3 million people with small pensions will receive an allowance if they can provide evidence of sufficient contribution periods. The criticism of the project has recently increased mainly because of the massive increase in the burden on the federal budget due to the Corona crisis and the expected enormous tax shortfalls.

“Not capable of consent”

The federal chairman of the Union’s SME Association, Carsten Linnemann (CDU), told the newspapers of the Funke media group that the present draft law was “not subject to approval”. Among other things, the financing of the basic pension is still not secured. If the SPD does not improve on the draft, “it drives the basic pension against the wall,” warned Linnemann, who is also the vice-parliamentary group leader. The CDU social politician Peter Weiß made a similar statement. He emphasized that the financial transaction tax, the proceeds of which are to be used for the basic pension, does not yet exist.

Labor Minister Heil confirmed on Friday that despite the criticism, he was expecting the basic pension to be implemented. “The federal government has decided on the basic pension. She has to come, ”he said on Friday in the ARD“ morning magazine ”. According to Heil, people with low incomes should benefit from this, such as geriatric care assistants, warehouse workers, hairdressers – “those who are currently in the focus of the public debate”. The people deserved the basic pension. Heil pointed out that the coalition partners had agreed to pay the costs from taxes. The basic pension should be paid from a federal subsidy from the federal budget.

Union parliamentary group leader Ralph Brinkhaus (CDU) criticized the fact that the administrative requirements for the needs test for the basic pension were currently missing. “I think that’s very bold, so now just to say, let’s say goodbye to that and then we’ll look back somewhere to see if we can do it,” he said on Friday on Deutschlandfunk. It would be a big disappointment if the money could not be paid out due to a lack of a needs test.

Brinkhaus admitted that the basic pension was agreed between the coalition partners. “We are loyal to the contract.” But he also emphasized: “If we had had to decide on our own, we would not have made this basic pension like this.”