Heil defends his basic pension concept

Heil defends his basic pension concept

Labor minister hubertus heil (SPD) has rejected criticism from the union of his proposals for a basic pension. "I am thus implementing the goals of the basic pension, which are firmly anchored in the coalition agreement: recognition of life’s work and avoidance of old-age poverty."

Someone who has worked for decades has the right to receive a significantly higher pension than someone who has not worked, heil told the "rheinische post. "That is why there is to be no requirement for a conviction. After all, it’s not about almosen, it’s about life performance."

The labor minister’s plans call for millions of low-income earners to automatically receive higher pensions after a long working life. Small pensions are to be topped up by up to 447 euros a month. The union criticizes above all the fact that the actual need is not to be examined – in contrast to what was agreed in the coalition agreement between the CDU, CSU and SPD.

As far as financing is concerned, the labor minister said: "my goal is to finance the basic pension from tax revenues. I know that this will be a major effort, but the recognition of life’s achievements must be worth something to society as a whole."As soon as his house had worked out a draft, one would take up discussion with the union, so heil.

CDU chairwoman annegret kramp-karrenbauer had already announced that the topic would be discussed at the next coalition committee on 13 june. February on the agenda – and criticizes that heil’s concept goes far beyond the decisions of the coalition agreement.