Berlin (dpa) – DGB chief Reiner Hoffmann has raised a speed limit in view of high fuel prices. “We could temporarily introduce a speed limit of 100 on motorways and 30 in cities to reduce energy consumption,” Hoffmann told the newspapers of the Funke media group.
“It’s right to save every drop of gasoline that we can save.” But that’s still not an answer to structural problems, she added. “We have to create energy security, and that can be achieved above all with the expansion of renewable energies.”
Hoffmann spoke in favor of targeted relief. “Those who already have much should not be served richly.” A tank discount proposed by Finance Minister Christian Lindner (FDP) is “wonderful for the oil industry and SUV drivers, who could also pay three euros for a liter of fuel. It just doesn’t help those who have to drive to work every day.”
More justice demanded
Specifically, the DGB is campaigning for “mobility money” that could replace the traveler’s allowance. According to a position paper available to the German Press Agency, the lump sum has the disadvantage that low-income employees who pay little income tax are less relieved than high-income ones, despite the same distance to work. . “That is why we need a mobility subsidy that is granted regardless of income and means of transport.”
Hoffmann also demanded subsidies for heating costs that went well beyond what was agreed, and a temporary VAT reduction on gas and electricity. For financing, the DGB president called for massive tax increases for the wealthy. “We need more fairness in our tax system, regardless of whether it is inheritance tax, estate tax, income tax or capital gains tax,” he told Funke newspapers.
Also, Hoffmann suggested sharing the load like after World War II. Russian President Vladimir Putin’s war of aggression against Ukraine is creating a completely new situation that should not be forbidden to think about. “So you should also think of a property lien, like burden equalization.” In 1952, all assets over DM 5,000 were subject to 50 percent tax, albeit staggered over 30 years.
The DGB chief also warned that energy prices are increasingly becoming an occupational hazard. “Particularly in energy-intensive industries, there is a risk of job losses if action is not taken quickly,” he told dpa. In the position paper, the DGB calls for industrial electricity prices to be capped at an internationally comparable level as a matter of urgency in order to be able to develop locations and employment in Germany.