Employer President Rainer Dulger warns of a collapse of the pension system and criticizes the planned citizens' allowance. We need a "major social reform" that has the dimensions of the economic and social reforms after reunification, Dulger told the "Bild am Sonntag". "The way our social security systems work today, they will no longer work in the next five years," he warned. "The costs will explode."
There is a particularly urgent need for a "reorganization of old-age provision," said the employer president. "The financing of our pension system is about to collapse." Specifically, Dulger proposes linking the retirement age to life expectancy. "It must not be that the increasing life expectancy leads to an ever longer retirement."
In order to make the importance of the topic clear, "social policy needs forecasts like climate policy," Dulger continued. “The federal government should report regularly on the future development of social security contributions. This makes the pressure to act visible to everyone.” The reform of the social security systems is certainly just as challenging as the energy transition, “but undoubtedly just as important for generational equity”.
Dulger also sees a great danger in the introduction of citizen income, which the traffic light coalition plans to replace the previous Hartz IV system at the turn of the year. "The basic income threatens to split our society," warned the employer president. "It cannot be that some of the people who go to work in the morning have only a little more money at their disposal than someone who does not go to work in the morning."