Germany -Reform program Hartz IV a failure -January 22, 2014

The trade union confederation DGB has analysed the functioning of the so-called Hartz-Reform. The reform was introduced nine years ago and promised a permanent and integral assistance to long-term unemployed in their search for a job. The results are disconcerting; the analysis reveals that the main objectives of the reform failed completely. Local communities do neither have the capacity nor the will to deliver the assistance needed. Around half of the target group needs more than only occupational assistance as their problems are manifold: high debts, psychosocial problems, addiction.

German: http://www.spiegel.de/wirtschaft/soziales/hartz-iv-kommunen-vernachlaessigen ...

 

For more information, please contact the editor Jan Cremers, Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Labour Studies (AIAS) cbn-aias@uva.nl or the communications officer at the ETUI, Mariya Nikolova mnikolova@etui.org. For previous issues of the Collective bargaining newsletter please visit http://www.etui.org/E-Newsletters/Collective-bargaining-newsletter. You may find further information on the ETUI at www.etui.org, and on the AIAS at www.uva-aias.net.


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