Germany: there is an idea for the unemployed – they should collect garbage

Leading politicians of the German “Union” party are calling for the long-term unemployed to be required to sweep leaves or pick up trash. “Support and demands” is the right approach, says the chairman of the CDU of Saxony-Anhalt. Ploß, head of the Hamburg CDU party, refers to a bill from Denmark.

It is necessary to “encourage and require”

The politicians of the CDU, CSU and Free Voters want to oblige the long-term unemployed to social work. I am thinking of such a regulation for people “who receive benefits from the state and are not ready to integrate into the labor market” – CDU Saxony-Anhalt chairman Sven Schulze said in an interview with the Bild newspaper. Under the concept, the unemployed could sweep leaves or collect garbage. “Encouraging and demanding is the right approach, which we must continue to develop in Germany,” Schulze explains.

The main goal is “to facilitate the return of the long-term unemployed to working life,” said Burkard Dregger, leader of the Berlin CDU parliamentary group. Free Voters chairman Hubert Aiwanger agrees with him: Many of the long-term unemployed “could return to a normal working life if, through work for the general public, they were adapted to activities on the labour market.”

An example from Denmark

CSU home affairs expert Michael Kuffer hopes that the unemployed will be “grateful, appreciate this opportunity and establish personal relationships with the rest of the community.” According to the Bild newspaper, the head of Hamburg’s CDU Christoph Ploß referred to a bill from Denmark in which the government wants to force the integration of immigrants into society with compulsory work.


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