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Wirtschaft Technologie Umwelt Vorstand Wilfried Kurtzke Answers of IG Metall to the Financial and Economic Crisis - Protection of Jobs - Stabilisation.

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1 Wirtschaft Technologie Umwelt Vorstand Wilfried Kurtzke Answers of IG Metall to the Financial and Economic Crisis - Protection of Jobs - Stabilisation of the Economy - Shaping the Future

2 Wirtschaft Technologie Umwelt Vorstand 2 Study visit of the group of impartial chairmen (OpO, Sweden) Reasons of the Financial Crisis 1. Excess of capital caused by a wrong income distribution 2. Deregulation of financial markets 3. Securitization of credits – a huge risk for financial markets 4. Worldwide imbalances – the stimulation of speculation

3 Wirtschaft Technologie Umwelt Vorstand 3 Study visit of the group of impartial chairmen (OpO, Sweden) Reasons of the Financial Crisis Worldwide development of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) [blue bar] and financial capital [red bar]

4 Wirtschaft Technologie Umwelt Vorstand 4 Study visit of the group of impartial chairmen (OpO, Sweden) Economic Framework Cyclical decline Financial market crisis influences the producing economy Too high dependence of foreign trade Weak domestic economy Result: massive collapse of foreign demand lead to a heavy recession in Germany

5 Wirtschaft Technologie Umwelt Vorstand 5 Study visit of the group of impartial chairmen (OpO, Sweden) Economy Faces Deep Crisis

6 Wirtschaft Technologie Umwelt Vorstand 6 Study visit of the group of impartial chairmen (OpO, Sweden) German Economy Faces a Deep Crisis

7 Wirtschaft Technologie Umwelt Vorstand 7 Study visit of the group of impartial chairmen (OpO, Sweden) German Economy Faces a Deep Crisis

8 Wirtschaft Technologie Umwelt Vorstand 8 Study visit of the group of impartial chairmen (OpO, Sweden) German Economy Faces a Deep Crisis

9 Wirtschaft Technologie Umwelt Vorstand 9 Study visit of the group of impartial chairmen (OpO, Sweden) Crisis Reaches Labour Market

10 Wirtschaft Technologie Umwelt Vorstand 10 Study visit of the group of impartial chairmen (OpO, Sweden) Crisis Reaches Labour Market

11 Wirtschaft Technologie Umwelt Vorstand 11 Study visit of the group of impartial chairmen (OpO, Sweden) A Sharp Decline of Orders

12 Wirtschaft Technologie Umwelt Vorstand 12 Study visit of the group of impartial chairmen (OpO, Sweden) Production Collapses Overall

13 Wirtschaft Technologie Umwelt Vorstand 13 Study visit of the group of impartial chairmen (OpO, Sweden) Economy is Going Through the Trough

14 Wirtschaft Technologie Umwelt Vorstand 14 Study visit of the group of impartial chairmen (OpO, Sweden) No dismissals – the agenda of IG Metall against the crisis As an answer to the crises in November 2008 IG Metall released seven points in order to protect employment and to stabilise the economy 1. No dismissals 2. Protection of temporary working persons 3. Corporate financing must be guaranteed (by banks and the government) 4. Stabilising private demand by cash for clunkers ( Euro for an at least 10year-old junk car) 5. Stabilising private demand by consumption cheques 6. Public Future Fund Work - Education - Environment 7. Increase of participation of workers and employees

15 Wirtschaft Technologie Umwelt Vorstand 15 Study visit of the group of impartial chairmen (OpO, Sweden) No dismissals – the agenda of IG Metall against the crisis Still facing the crises in March 2009 IG Metall created another action program Leaving the crises actively behind – united for good working and living conditions 1. Protection of employment in the producing economy 2. More democracy in the economy, i.e. more participation for the working class 3. A stronger regulation of financial markets 4. The costs and burden of the crises should be paid by the wealthy

16 Wirtschaft Technologie Umwelt Vorstand 16 Study visit of the group of impartial chairmen (OpO, Sweden) Anticyclical policy of the government The government had to act and must still act in order to stabilise the economy. The government acted unassertively. But by taking off the ideological blinkers the government decided to switch to an anti-cyclical economic policy. So it prevented a worse economic development. An improved regulation of short-time work helped to reduce the rise of unemployment. cash for clunkers / junk cars strengthened car sales. Tax- and duty-reductions are not helpful to stimulate economic growth. Instead: More public investment is the better way to generate economic growth. Especially here we need stronger efforts. Annually eight to nine billions Euro are much to less. All in all the economic programs of the government are created not big enough and come much too late. The Macroeconomic Policy Institute (IMK) estimates the impulses for growth of the whole package of measures only at 0.6 percentage points in this year.

17 Wirtschaft Technologie Umwelt Vorstand 17 Study visit of the group of impartial chairmen (OpO, Sweden) Assumptions of Economic Trends


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