The Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs initiated the “New Work – New Security” Dialogue in September 2018. In the first phase, members of the public and practitioners discussed ideas on shaping the future of work. In regional future forums, local discussion and expert dialogues, almost 1,000 members of the public participated in the dialogue. In the second phase, the dialogue took place between experts from the academic community and associations. The Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs reflected all those ideas in the Outcomes Report “New Work – New Security”.
Security advantages and rights for workers
Planned periods of paid leave, such as for childcare or caring responsibilities, can be more easily taken if personal time accounts are installed. This provides more flexibility as it saves up time worked.
Strengthening social partnerships, collective bargaining, and co-determination
The Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs is proposing a package of measures to strengthen collective bargaining. This requires new incentives for membership of employers’ associations and trade unions.
Expanding continuing education and training in the face of structural change
Digitalisation and structural change are shaping tomorrow’s work. Employees require continuing education and training to keep up with these challenges. The transformation package elaborated in the dialogue involves skills development and workforce training.
Further developing basic income and better considering lifelong achievements
The “Basic Social Security Reform Package” aims at a more people-centred organisation of the work of jobcentres and social assistance agencies. This package also proposes that in the first two years after an individual starts receiving basic income, there will be no checks on the suitability of a claimant’s home.
New forms of employment: social protection and individual autonomy
By simplifying and speeding up the status determination procedure, the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs creates more flexible and agile forms of work for business. These new forms of employment play an important role in view of the ongoing digital transformation.
More opportunities and material security for children
This package proposes a new child benefit, which could be a first step towards a minimum income benefit for children. By merging the existing child benefit and child supplement, the application for the new benefit will be conducted in a simplified process.
Improving the situation of low earners
The Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs proposes that social security contributions be subsidised from taxation up to a sum of 100 euros per month. This improves the situation of people on low incomes as it ensures a higher disposable income, without reductions in social protection.
Making the social security administration more people-centred
To offer more comprehensive advice in the future, the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs proposed to organise the social security administration in an even more people-centred and effective way. The social insurance offices are to be developed into first points of contact which act as a guide to social matters.