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VDMA: "No state can be made with populist envy debates"
The SPD's proposal to reintroduce the wealth tax is met with rejection by the VDMA.
Constitutional court must review plans for the solidarity surcharge
There is no good reason why higher incomes and earnings should continue to be subject to the solidarity surcharge. The Federal Cabinet's plans demand a review by the Federal Constitutional Court.
The solidarity surcharge must be completely relinquished!
The solidarity surcharge should be abolished completely after 30 years - and not only for 90 percent of the tax payers.
Align working time more closely to the needs of the companies!
The Grand Coalition wants to change the working hours law. Companies should get more leeway in the future so that they can adapt their working hours to the requirements of increasing digitalisation, demands the VDMA.
VDMA warns against climate policy decisions
Naemi Denz, member of the VDMA Executive Board, called for concrete political measures before the Climate Cabinet meeting on Thursday.
Negotiations with the USA on free trade must be conducted without preconditions
Federal Economics Minister Peter Altmaier has announced the prospect of a rapid free trade agreement with the USA. The negotiations should be conducted without preconditions.
VDMA: Autonomy in collective bargaining would be the best service for a social Europe
Five years after its introduction, trade unionists and politicians have spoken out in favour of a further increase in the minimum wage. The DGB also advocates a Europe-wide minimum wage. The VDMA does not believe in the claim.
"Engineering companies don't need tutoring to train their employees."
The VDMA critically evaluates the National Continuing Education Strategy of the Federal Government.
Quick advice on skilled labor immigration law needed
VDMA President Carl Martin Welcker welcomes the fact that parliamentary deliberations on the immigration law of skilled empolyees have finally begun.
"Political interference in tariff autonomy weakens trade unions as well"
Neither tax concessions nor statutory tariff opening clauses are the right measures to enforce collective tariff agreements. "Politics should better stay out of the collective tariff business altogether," demands VDMA Executive Director Thilo Brodtmann.

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