Many workers in Germany apparently fear for their jobs because of climate protection measures. According to a study by the German Trade Union Confederation, every fifth employee at work is affected to a high or very high degree by climate protection measures, the newspapers of the Funke media group reported, citing the study. The worries about the future are therefore all the more pronounced the more the measures affect one’s own work.
The worries about the future are particularly strong when there are no company training opportunities, it said. Without such offers, 43 percent were very often worried about their professional future. If comprehensive offers are available, the proportion is only 11 percent.
According to the study, 12 percent were often or very often worried if climate protection was not yet an issue. If the effects are felt to a very high degree, it is 22 percent.
The data shows that the ecological transformation is already having a major impact on the world of work, said DGB boss Yasmin Fahimi to the Funke newspapers. Qualification and further training are not only important for a successful climate change, but also to take away the employees' worries about the future.
The federal government must therefore sharpen the planned further training law. This includes a right to time off for further training. In addition, the planned period for full-time further education should be extended from 12 to at least 24 months and further vocational qualifications should be included.
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