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World Economics Minister against right to home office

18:02  23 may  2020
18:02  23 may  2020 Source:   pressfrom.com

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Federal Economics Minister Peter Altmaier has spoken out against a legally enshrined right to work from home.

«Wir brauchen vor allem weniger Bürokratie, nicht immer neue staatliche Garantien. Ich bin überzeugt, dass viele Betriebe von sich aus mehr Homeoffice ermöglichen, aber es passt eben nicht überall», sagt Altmaier. © Photo: Tobias Schwarz / AFP / Pool / dpa «Above all, we need less bureaucracy, not always new state guarantees. I am convinced that many companies allow more home offices on their own, but it just doesn't fit everywhere, »says Altmaier.

The CDU politician told the German press agency: «Above all, we need less bureaucracy, not always new state guarantees. I am convinced that many companies allow more home offices on their own, but it does not fit everywhere, especially when direct contact with customers and employees is necessary. »

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Altmaier said that he had complete confidence in employees, employers and works councils that the right solutions would be found on site. "State spanking would be fundamentally wrong."

Federal Labor Minister Hubertus Heil (SPD) had announced that he wanted to enshrine the right to work from home by law and to submit a new law by autumn.

The SPD received criticism of Altmaier's statements on Saturday. The deputy chairwoman of the SPD parliamentary group, Katja Mast, told the German press agency: «Anyone who criticizes right now is trying to stall a debate that we have to have. Because we are all gaining experience of how home offices can work and how they cannot and which questions need to be addressed. »

The question is what can be done better after the crisis than before, said Mast. «A right to a home office wherever possible is part of it.» It certainly does not solve all challenges, because the compatibility of family and work needs more offers. After all, working at home means more flexibility, but also work. “It is therefore important to keep an eye on the rights of employees here too. Nevertheless, a right to a home office would be another important step to attract and retain employees. »

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Heil had said about his plans: "Anyone who wants to and with whom the workplace allows should be able to work in the home office - even if the corona pandemic is over again." You could either switch completely to home office or only for a day or two a week, he had said in the «Bild am Sonntag».

There have been skeptical voices from the Union and the economy. "Warming up political shopkeepers from before the greatest economic downturn in many decades seems a bit out of time," said the managing director of the Federal Association of German Employers' Associations, Steffen Kampeter. "We need a moratorium on burdens instead of further requirements that limit growth and flexibility."

According to a survey, every third employee in the corona crisis switched to their home office. In the first half of April, 35 percent stated that they worked partially or completely from home, as the German Institute for Economic Research determined on the basis of the socio-economic panel. Before the Corona crisis, only 12 percent used the desk at home occasionally or always, the institute announced in mid-May. In particular, employees with higher incomes and higher education were able to switch to their home office.

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Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg believes that the corona crisis has triggered a long-term shift towards working outside the office. He expects around one in two employees of the online network to work in this way in ten years, said Zuckerberg in an interview with the technology blog “The Verge” on Thursday. Twitter had previously announced, among other things, that all employees could continue their jobs from home even after the end of the crisis, if their tasks allow it.

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