Carole Hartmann

The interests of working people should be at the centre of attention

The DP is convinced that every employee knows how to work best. Labor law should therefore correspond to the ideas and realities of working people.

Both employees and employers want more flexibility in the organization of working hours. More flexible working hours ensure a better work-life balance and companies can better adapt their work to the economic environment. For the DP, it is therefore obvious that social dialogue in companies needs to be strengthened.

Collective contracts or sectoral plans are not always the best solution as a top-down approach. After all, employees and employers know their business best. This is why we need more flexibility for internal agreements between staff delegations and employers.

We therefore want a labor law with the necessary flexibility for all businesses – whether with or without a collective contract. It is also no longer acceptable for the DP that companies and their employees can’t benefit from innovative models such as time-saving accounts without a collective contract.

It would, however, be a great advantage for employees if they could organize their working hours more flexibly – especially if they have a longer way to get to work. This would make businesses more attractive to cross-border commuters, on whom our country is heavily dependent.

This is also reflected in the recent debate over Sunday working hours. For many people, four hours of work versus a two-hour trip from and to work is simply not worth it. Inflexible regulations thus prevent companies and employees from organizing their work better.

Our labor law must be rapidly modernized and everyone be given more freedom. The DP is committed to this and wants a more flexible framework. These include general time savings accounts and annual working time. This gives employees greater autonomy and companies a better competitiveness.

The DP’s demands are based on the interests of working people who want to work more flexibly themselves. At the same time, we will not abolish the fundamental rights of employees – such as the maximum working hours per day and week.

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