Scare tactics or justified demands?
The chairman of the Verdi service union, Frank Werneke (64), calls for “clearly noticeable increases in real wages” in view of the high inflation rate. These are necessary to enable the employees and their families to absorb the price increase.
“Since the price jumps for food, energy and petrol in particular affect people with lower and middle incomes, our tariff demands include minimum amounts that allow the wage increases to have an above-average effect for these employees,” said Werneke to the editorial network Germany (RND / Thursday).
Interesting: The SPD chairman Norbert Walter-Borjans (69) warned against scare tactics. “If scare tactics are used with the uncertainty, it is simply irresponsible,” Walter-Borjans told the RND.
A year ago, the energy prices fell very sharply due to Corona, now the increase is all the more steep – “together with the expired VAT reduction, understandably causes great uncertainty, even if the average price increase is much lower,” emphasized Walter-Borjans, who in the Context speaks of a “zigzag movement”.
Carsten Linnemann, deputy chairman of the CDU parliamentary group, contradicts the SPD politician. “The risk of persistently high inflation of well over two percent is high. That hits households in Germany with full force, ”Linnemann told the RND. At low interest rates, this is “a cold expropriation of savers.”