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1 5th DGB District Conference Lower Saxony Bremen Saxony-Anhalt Hanover, February 3, 2018 P R O T O K O L L

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3 5th Ordinary DGB District Conference Lower Saxony Bremen Saxony-Anhalt Hanover, February 3, 2018 P R O T O K O L L

4 Imprint DGB District Lower Saxony Bremen Saxony-Anhalt Dept. Press and Public Relations Otto-Brenner-Strasse Hanover Editor: Tina Kolbeck-Landau, Dr. Tim Voss Assistance: Ingrid Hilgers Telephone 0511 / Fax 0511 / Photos: Marta Krajinovic Design: Rüdiger Schubert, Langenhagen

5 TABLE OF CONTENTS 1. Opening and Welcome 3 2. Greeting 7 3. Constitution 10 a) Election of the Presidium b) Resolutions on the rules of procedure and election rules c) Resolutions on the agenda d) Confirmation of the Application Advisory Committee e) Election of the Mandate Review and Election Committee f) Election of the secretary 4. Business and cash report Report of the audit commission Discussion Report of the mandate review commission Discharge of the district board Elections 20 a) District chairperson b) Deputy district chairperson c) Regional managing director d) Audit committee e) Confirmation of the district board members 1

6 10. Discussion Securing prosperity, jobs, competitiveness through public investments 39 Introduction: Reiner Hoffmann Panel discussion: Reiner Hoffmann, Stephan Weil, Dr. Mehrdad Payandeh, Prof. Dr. Peter Bofinger Moderation: Lea Arnold 11. Application advice Closing remarks Applications Participants 154 employees of the DGB district Delegates Delegates with an advisory voice Guests 2 5th Ordinary DGB District Conference Lower Saxony Bremen Saxony-Anhalt

7 1. OPENING AND WELCOME Susanne Wiedemeyer, DGB State Representative Saxony-Anhalt, Deputy District Chairwoman Lower Saxony Bremen Saxony-Anhalt Dear Colleagues, Ladies and Gentlemen, Dear Guests, On behalf of the District Executive, I warmly welcome you and you to the 5th ordinary DGB district conference. I am particularly pleased about our 100 delegates who have come from Lower Saxony, Bremen and Saxony-Anhalt to the gates of Hanover. Our district is indeed very large in terms of area, but I'm not assuming that someone came by plane today ?! A warm welcome to all of you! Shaping the future in solidarity: The motto of our conference sums it up. Opening and greeting 3

8 The future presents us with great challenges. It's about nothing less than what trade unionists have been fighting for for decades: good work today and tomorrow, a functioning welfare state, peaceful coexistence in our society. All of this is coming under increasing pressure. An indication of this: the unequal distribution of wealth and income. In rich Germany, inequality has reached a new high (Böckler). In other words, the gap between rich and poor is widening and widening. The poor are more and more often unable to get out of their situation on their own. This applies in particular to the eastern German federal states. That is why we are challenged, we trade unionists. We must continue to fight resolutely: for good work, for a life in dignity, for justice, democracy and tolerance. And that in solidarity with the employees. But solidarity also means taking everyone with us who need our support. In operation as well as in front of the factory gate! In this context I would like to mention that the works council elections are imminent. You in the unions are fully committed again. Nobody is fooling you there. You are on site in the companies, you bind members, you know the issues that are on the minds of the employees. The DGB is at your side, you can be sure of that. Our campaign for the works council elections is underway and will accompany you. The minimum wage is established. First and foremost, it is our success. Collective wages are also rising again. Most recently by more than two percent. What we have achieved is impressive. On a large and small scale, nationwide and at district level. This also applies to our Lower Saxony-Bremen-Saxony-Anhalt district. Advice for mobile employees is exemplary for Lower Saxony. Mobile employees are employees from abroad. They come with the promise that we have good work in Germany. And are often disappointed. They are used in the meat industry, as harvesters or in construction. Often legal standards do not apply, the minimum wage is undermined, there is abuse through contracts for work and services. Eight advisors at four counseling centers in Lower Saxony take care of them. They provide information about working conditions and educate people about abuse. Consultation cases have been registered since its inception. Ordinary DGB District Conference Lower Saxony Bremen Saxony-Anhalt

9 The state government has made a clear commitment. The project will be continued and will even be expanded. That's a good sign, we'll stay tuned here. The Lower Saxony tackles initiative also went really well between the North Sea and the Harz Mountains. At the initiative of the trade unions, churches, associations and the state government, an alliance was forged: for the integration of refugees, for the strengthening of democracy, for diversity in society. In total, more than 2500 people and more than 330 organizations take part. I think that deserves our respect and support. That makes me say hello to the hosts of our conference. A warm welcome goes to the mayor of Hanover, Mr. Thomas Herrmann. Mayor, we look forward to your greeting. Also come to us from Hanover: the Prime Minister of Lower Saxony, Stephan Weil. Welcome, Mr. Weil. Dear Prime Minister, we look forward to the discussions with you / them today after the lunch break. We welcome the DGB chairman Reiner Hoffmann and the members of the federal executive committee, Elke Hannack, Annelie Buntenbach and Stefan Körzel. A warm welcome to all of you. We look forward to welcoming the members of the district board, the district youth and women's committee, the AK Seniors and colleagues from the district and city associations. From Lower Saxony I welcome the members of the German Bundestag and the Landtag as well as representatives of the political parties and associations. A warm welcome to all of you. Also in the hall are the former state chairman Heinz-Hermann Witte and the district chairman of Hanover, Friedrich Theilmann. Nice that you are here! I come to our city-state in the district. Bremen is a real pioneer. Even before the statutory minimum wage was introduced, there was a state minimum wage in Bremen. Most recently it was 8.80 euros. I think that's remarkable. It is a great achievement of the DGB, the NGG and ver.di. In the minimum wage commission you fought first for the introduction and then for the increase. Thank you for your commitment, dear colleagues from Bremen. Also noteworthy is the publicly funded LAZLO employment program. It has been in Bremen since last year. 500 unemployed people are employed for two years subject to social security contributions. The unions fought for this for a long time. Because Bremen has a high proportion of long-term unemployed, most of whom have no professional qualifications. I am opening and greeting 5

10 convinced that this is a good approach. Many thanks to Bremen for your commitment. And a warm welcome to all delegates and guests from the north. I also greet the members of the Bremen citizenship, the representatives of the parties and of course the colleagues from our member unions. Here in Saxony-Anhalt we can also look back on successful campaigns. Only recently did the youth successfully expand their vocational school work, and the vocational school tour reached approx. Pupils in approx. 100 classes. Good advice and new contacts are the result. Education Minister Marco Tullner (CDU) was won as patron. In the future there should be two tours per year. Above all, it should also go into the area (which we have a lot of). And Saxony-Anhalt can also be great. Top in terms of collective bargaining coverage in an East German comparison. At 53 percent, more than half of all employees are bound by a collective agreement or an in-house collective bargaining agreement. (In East Germany it is 47 percent). My thanks go to the committed colleagues in the trade unions. You have contributed to this with good collective bargaining agreements. And we will do everything together to ensure that the upward trend continues. We are pleased to welcome Petra Grimm-Benne, Minister for Labor, Social Affairs and Integration and Armin Willingmann, Minister for Economics, Science and Digitization from Saxony-Anhalt. Welcome! A warm welcome also to the state politicians and my colleagues from the trade unions. We are happy that you are with us! We would also like to thank our esteemed colleagues and former state chairmen Udo Gebhardt and Dr. Welcome Jürgen Weißbach. A warm welcome to both of you! Of course, we can also point to mutual successes in the district. There are now advice centers for mobile employees throughout the entire district. I like to emphasize that, because it is also about safeguarding collective bargaining and labor law standards. So we do this in our own interest. A second district-wide success is the pension campaign. I would like to thank all volunteers and full-time employees for their work. Here it became clear again: it can only work together. Joint action based on solidarity - that is our mission for the future. With this in mind, I wish us all a successful meeting! 6 5th Ordinary DGB District Conference Lower Saxony Bremen Saxony-Anhalt

11 2. WORD OF WELCOME Thomas Hermann, Mayor of the State Capital of Hanover Dear Colleagues, dear Hartmut Tölle, dear Mehrdad Payandeh, dear guests, I warmly welcome you and you to the 5th Ordinary District Conference here in Hanover and I would like to extend the best greetings from the Lord Mayor Stefan Schostok. Unfortunately, to his great regret, he cannot be here today. This district conference is a very special one: You, dear Hartmut Tölle, are retiring after 15 years as district chairman and give the baton to greeting 7

12 a successor. Our colleague Dr. Mehrdad Payandeh. Re-election and handover of the baton also means facing new tasks on a solid basis of reliability. In my opinion, the DGB district of Lower Saxony Bremen Saxony-Anhalt is well positioned for this. This is of great importance in our times and certainly not a matter of course. Changes all over the world have an impact on us today. Their speed, their dimensions and their complexity seem threatening and may shake us. This applies to political upheavals as well as technical upheavals that have direct and indirect effects on our environment, our lives and, inextricably linked with this, on our world of work. It is all the more important that we are mindful, reflect on our strengths and stand up for our needs and rights as individuals and in the community. The world does not seem to have become safer and certainly not better because of the increase in national tendencies. We in Germany especially know that democracy and openness to the world stand for peace and prosperity. But they are not available for free. More than ever, the time has come to do exactly that, to take responsibility and to confront all those who sow hatred and discord and want to answer complex challenges with populist speech bubbles. And not only against the background of our history, but also because things are going well in Germany in general, and of course I am speaking for this primarily in Hanover. BUT: It is our common challenge to make sure that the social fabric is not endangered. That those who do not come first benefit from prosperity. That we fight poverty effectively, reform the health system and care, that we prevent the so-called unfounded fixed-term employment contracts and much more. m. That we not only live for the here and now, but also shape a future in solidarity for those who will soon be our present. We are lucky in Hanover, not entirely by chance, that we have every opportunity to do so. We can rely on our social cohesion and we can still invest very well, for example. The special investment program 500 plus is an example with which we are spending a lot of money for the construction and renovation of daycare centers and schools because it is important for the education and thus the future of our children. We have our own municipal housing subsidy program and, together with the housing industry, have launched the Hanoverian housing offensive to provide urgently needed housing in the 8 5th Ordinary DGB District Conference Lower Saxony Bremen Saxony-Anhalt

To create 13 lower price segments. We take care of the effects of digitization on the economy and work. To name just a few examples. Examples that could go very well with your political discussion this afternoon, where you will be dealing with the relationship between wealth and work and public investment. Dear colleagues, ladies and gentlemen, I finally have three wishes: I wish you and you a successful district conference and stimulating discussions, the new district chairman lots of joy, strength and fighting spirit in office and you, dear Hartmut Tölle, one good start to the new phase of life with a happy retirement in which everything should come true that you wish for! Good luck for! Greeting 9

14 3. CONSTITUTION Susanne Wiedemeyer leads the constitution of the district conference. a) Election of the Presidium The DGB District Executive Committee proposes the following people for the election of the Presidium: Andreas Kirsch, NGG Magdalena Zynda-Elst, ver.di Dirk Schulze, IG Metall Eckhard Stoermer, IG BAU Hartmut Tölle, DGB District Chairman Susanne Wiedemeyer, deputy DGB district chairperson The presidium for the district conference is elected unanimously without abstentions or dissenting votes. Andreas Kirsch takes over the chairmanship of the Ordinary DGB District Conference Lower Saxony Bremen Saxony-Anhalt

15 b) Resolution on the rules of procedure and election rules The rules of procedure and election rules are adopted unanimously. This stipulates that initiative and amendments must be submitted to the Presidium by 11 a.m. at the latest. c) Resolving the agenda The agenda for the district conference is resolved unanimously. d) Confirmation of the application advisory commission The application advisory commission was set up by resolution of the DGB district board and has already worked. The members are Dirk Bohlmann, EVG Andreas Gehrke, GEW Elke Günder-Ede, GdP Oliver Heinrich, IGBCE Thomas Müller, IG Metall Claudia Nowak, ver.di The application advisory commission is unanimously confirmed. e) Election of the mandate review and election commission The DGB district executive has proposed the following people for the election of the mandate review and election commission: Ortrud Jessen, IG BCE Britta Delique, GEW Reinhard Nold, ver.di Constitution 11

16 Fuat Firat, EVG Boris Krahn, NGG Uwe Petermann, GdP Bernd Rosenbaum, IG Metall Sabine Schwarz, IG Metall The mandate review and election commission is unanimously confirmed. f) Election of the secretary Tina Kolbeck-Landau (DGB) and Dr. Tim Voss (DGB) are proposed for this task by the DGB District Board and are elected unanimously. Ordinary DGB District Conference Lower Saxony Bremen Saxony-Anhalt

17 4. BUSINESS AND SALES REPORT Hartmut Tölle, Chairman of the DGB District Dear Colleagues, The District Executive has presented you with the annual report for the years 2014/2017. In your documents you will also find the completion notes of the district board on the applications that were decided on at the last conference. The DGB regional district with its member unions has developed further in its organizational structures in recent years. The elections in the 61 district and city associations have impressively demonstrated that our trade unions want and need the DGB as an actor and representative of interests at local level. Our district works in stable structures, the annual and cash report 13

The position plan is fully developed and, thanks to your contributions, the finances are sufficient for our work. Today we have decided on a tight schedule for our conference. The district board would therefore like to ask you not to start the discussion about the current socio-political situation now. From our point of view, the panel discussion and advice on applications offer the right time frame. Of course we will deal with questions about the accountability report. Thank you very much for your attention Ordinary DGB District Conference Lower Saxony Bremen Saxony-Anhalt

19 5. REPORT OF THE AUDIT COMMISSION Fred Habicht, Spokesman for the Audit Committee Composition of the Audit Committee On 08.In February 2014 the following five auditors were elected in Hanover: Günther Gatz (ver.di), Detlev Behrens (IG BCE), Peter Ebbrecht (IG BAU), Bärbel Niederhut (IG BCE), Fred Habicht (IGM). On the same day, February 8th, the constitution took place. Fred Habicht was appointed speaker and Günter Gatz was appointed for the minutes. A work plan for the five auditors was drawn up. Document check The document checks were carried out on a random basis. Adhering to the budget was an important focus. In addition to checking receipts and the cash balance, we followed the development of expenditure, taking into account the budget. In our opinion, it has been managed appropriately and sparingly. The scope of the audit Due to the central bookkeeping, we had to audit all DGB regions, two DGB state representations and the DGB district. In addition, the logbooks for DGB service vehicles were checked in accordance with the requirements of the tax office. The review of the budget approaches was an important review process for us. The accuracy has improved from year to year. We have carried out four revisions a year in four years. One revision per year was unannounced. Audit commission report 15

20 Audit reports In our audit reports, we also made comments on the expenditure policy and recorded any organizational deficiencies. If necessary, the administration provided factual clarification on our reports or responded in writing. Federal revision In the period from September 8th to December 12th, 2014, the DGB federal revision was examined. The period from June 2012 to July was checked. No irregularities were found. Housekeeping was fine. Support from the administration The colleagues from the financial administration and accounting, Petra Hinske, Gisela Pierau, Susanne Mangelsen and many others gave us excellent support during the audit work and made our work easier with factual information and documents. Discharge The revision commission recommends that discharge be given to the district board and the regional managers. Ordinary DGB District Conference Lower Saxony Bremen Saxony-Anhalt

21 6. DEBATE Magdalena Zynda-Elst chaired the meeting. There are no requests to speak. Pronunciation 17

22 7. REPORT OF THE MANDATE EXAMINATION COMMISSION The spokesman for the mandate examination commission, Reinhard Nold, reports that 100 delegates were invited. 94 delegates, 47 men and women each, accepted the invitation. The mandate review commission has checked the voting rights of those present and proposes that all 94 delegates for the 5th Ordinary DGB District Conference Lower Saxony Bremen Saxony-Anhalt be given the right to vote. This is decided unanimously. Ordinary DGB District Conference Lower Saxony Bremen Saxony-Anhalt

23 8. DISCHARGE In individual ballots, the delegates to discharge the district board and the management of the regions Altmark-Börde-Harz, Bremen-Elbe-Weser, Halle-Dessau, Lower Saxony-Mitte, North-East Lower Saxony, Oldenburg-East Friesland, Osnabrück vote -Emsland, East Frisia-Northern Emsland, South Lower Saxony-Harz and South East Lower Saxony. Discharge 19

24 9. ELECTIONS Eckhard Stoermer chairs the meeting and initiates the elections. a) District Chairman The DGB Federal Executive Committee, in coordination with the DGB District Executive Lower Saxony Bremen Saxony-Anhalt, has appointed Dr. Mehrdad Payandeh proposed as a candidate for district chairmanship. Mehrdad Payandeh is ready to run and introduces himself to the delegates in a speech. Introductory speech Dear colleagues, It is a great honor for me that the trade unions from Lower Saxony, Bremen and Saxony-Anhalt and the DGB federal executive board propose me as the new chairman of the DGB district. Bringing together the diverse interests of employees from different industries from three federal states as an umbrella organization is a demanding task that I am very much looking forward to! There is a lot in the documents about my career, I don't want to repeat everything. So just in brief: I am the child of a trade unionist, fled political persecution in Iran, in 1986 I got political asylum in Germany and with it the chance to live in freedom Ordinary DGB District Conference Lower Saxony Bremen Saxony-Anhalt

25 lead. I would like to take this opportunity to thank this country for this. I've been a union member since 1990, I'm an economist by profession and, above all, a unionist through and through. And out of conviction: Because without free trade unions, without a strong labor movement and without codetermination, our companies, our country and our society would look completely different today! Colleagues, our society has got into trouble in recent years. And not only that: the social gap widening year after year: child poverty is shamefully high, old-age poverty is spreading dramatically. Even with a good economic situation, as we are currently experiencing. Despite full order books, many employers are obviously still not ready to create good work, well-paid, collectively covered, permanent jobs. Instead, precarious employment is increasing. Temporary jobs, agency work, mini jobs or the abuse of work contracts. The latest example is AMAZON: Nearby, in Garbsen, Amazon wants to build a new logistics center with 700 jobs. But first of all, only temporary work. They make mega profits, but the pay of the employees is indecently low. One has the impression that they can't get their necks filled! And even where there is regular employment, in the private sector as in the public service, the burden on our colleagues increases: through increased workload, through understaffing of the workforce or through the constant readiness to be available for the employer. There is hardly any time left for family, relatives and children. That is why IG Metall's demand to reduce weekly working hours if you want to look after your family is exactly the right signal. And addressed to employers: Flexibility is not a one-way street! Employees work enough paid or even unpaid overtime. Anyone who makes use of this, of course, must also be prepared to give back. Now it's our people's turn. And with wage compensation, so that the temporary reduction in working hours does not remain the privilege of high earners, but is open to everyone who needs it! Dear colleagues, work must not destroy people, make them sick or even poor; work must enable employees to have a good life. Point. Elections 21

26 But that's not all: We also have to think about the people who have no work at all. There are half a million unemployed in our district. Long-term unemployed in particular cannot find a job despite the robust upswing, and many young people are left behind because they cannot start training. Dear colleagues, Three points are therefore particularly important to me. Good work, because it gives the employees and their relatives a future perspective, more investments because investments give this country and our descendants a future perspective and an open and tolerant society that does not exclude people, but brings them together and forms the foundation for social cohesion, in which the wealth and the opportunities are fairly distributed! These three points complement each other and determine our future. Now to the first point, good work: work must regain its dignity. Not cheap and insecure jobs, but good wages and fair working conditions must become the trademark of our society! It pays off for everyone, for employees and companies. And politics can do a lot to make things better. E.g .: Public contracts and public funding may only go to companies that are subject to collective bargaining agreements and enable co-determination. That is why we need collective bargaining laws that deserve their name. The DGB has already made specific proposals for this. Politicians must finally implement them. The dual training, for which many countries rightly envy us, must be strengthened. Vocational schools need better technical equipment and significantly more teachers. In addition, every young person must be guaranteed a training position. We must not leave a lost generation behind. But we also need a social labor market for the long-term unemployed in the countries. We mustn't leave anyone behind. There are enough social tasks, there are enough people who want to get involved. In addition, politicians must take aggressive action against illegal wage dumping. What some companies come up with to circumvent the minimum wage is simply criminal. Dear Colleagues, A good job alone is not enough. The future is not to be had for free. We need an investment agenda to modernize our country. Tomorrow's prosperity and good jobs require today's investments. The federal and state governments record record surpluses. This Ordinary DGB District Conference Lower Saxony Bremen Saxony-Anhalt

27 must be invested. We don't want a tax cut for the rich. Our country has been saved to ruin for years. People feel that directly. Just two examples: 1. There is a lack of affordable housing, especially in metropolitan areas. Rents are rising inexorably and becoming unaffordable for many. In the big cities, many have to spend almost half of their income on rent. There is not much left for other expenses. The combination of low incomes and high rents is a social time bomb that urgently needs to be defused. 2. Example # 2: Many hospitals are old and poorly equipped. The investment backlog is enormous at three billion euros in our district. In addition, there is a lack of nursing staff everywhere. You shouldn't skimp on people's health. This is anti-social. We have to massively expand our public investments. Public investments are not only important to supply society, they are soft location factors that are becoming more and more important for private investments. Together with a clever industrial policy, public investments make our country future-proof and form the basis for tomorrow's prosperity. Dear Colleagues, Just societies are economically, socially and politically more stable. The growing social imbalance, on the other hand, endangers the cohesion of our society. If we allow inequality to grow, competition arises among the poor, solidarity falls by the wayside, and then anger at anything foreign grows. So the ground is prepared for political pied piper, for right-wing populists. These forces want to divide our society, our workforces and our country instead of uniting them, they want simplicity instead of diversity, they falsify history instead of learning from history, they want nationalism instead of open societies and they want to weaken unions and workers instead of collective bargaining agreements and to strengthen co-determination. We are therefore all called upon to resolutely oppose these right-wing populist forces. Unions have always been at the forefront when it comes to defending our democracy. And we would do that today too. But we shouldn't overestimate these yesterday's either. Because they do not make up the majority of our society. Luckily! Over six million people volunteer day and night and take care of refugees, the homeless or the socially disadvantaged. Elections 23

28 We should emphasize these people. These are the beautiful faces of Germany that I am proud of too. These are beautiful faces of an open, tolerant and solidary society that I wish for us and our children. And I will work for such a society of lived solidarity, for a policy of justice, diversity and tolerance. And for that I ask for your votes, for your trust. Thank you for the attention and good luck. The ballot for the election of the DGB district chairman takes place in secret ballot. Mehrdad Payandeh was elected chairman of the DGB district Lower Saxony Bremen Saxony-Anhalt with 92 votes in favor, one no and one abstention. He takes the election at the Ordinary DGB District Conference Lower Saxony Bremen Saxony-Anhalt

29 During the pause in counting, Thorsten Gröger, district manager of IG Metall Lower Saxony Saxony-Anhalt, gives the delegates an insight into the status of the collective bargaining disputes in the metal and electrical industry. b) Election of the deputy DGB district chairperson The DGB federal executive committee, in coordination with the DGB district executive committee Lower Saxony Bremen Saxony-Anhalt, proposed Susanne Wiedemeyer as deputy DGB district chairperson. She is ready to run and introduces herself to the delegates in a speech. Introductory speech Dear colleagues! thank you for giving me the opportunity to introduce myself. You took my personal data from my résumé, but let me give you a few more details about my development in the DGB. Elections 25

30 I started as a legal protection secretary in the mid-1990s. At that time I was confronted with the upheavals on the labor market in Saxony-Anhalt and the bitter consequences that this had for many of my colleagues. In the period up to now I have worked on a wide variety of topics: personnel, women, economic and structural policy. Over the years I have worked continuously in the areas of public service, civil servants and right-wing extremism. For one and a half years now, I have been heading the state representation of Saxony-Anhalt and am the deputy district chairman. I am particularly fond of the subject of social policy. From my work on the AOK board of directors and in various social security bodies at the federal level, I know: We are needed as a voice for social cohesion in our country! In doing so, I am looking ahead and to what I envision for my future work on the district executive board. For our district and especially for Saxony-Anhalt, I would like to mention four key words: cooperation, good work, social policy and young talent. Susanne Wiedemeyer Ordinary DGB District Conference Lower Saxony Bremen Saxony-Anhalt

31 On the subject of cooperation: It is particularly important to me that the district grows closer together. I support Mehrdad in his ideas. I very much welcome the idea of ​​working out common topics with the trade unions, regional managers and volunteers, on which the whole district will work in one year. The pension campaign worked extremely well. We can complement each other well, learn from each other and have fun doing political work. Good work: The job of the deputy district chairperson also includes the state management in Saxony-Anhalt. There I will devote myself to the topic of good work. The collective bargaining agreement and the number of works councils are increasing, but the number of poorly paid jobs is still high. A third of our employees earn less than ten euros an hour. We still have enough to do! There are a lot of complaints about the shortage of skilled workers and that actually benefits us. However, it will still take enough persuasiveness to convince some of the employers about collective agreements and works councils. Good work also includes consistent and comprehensive monitoring of compliance with minimum wages and occupational health and safety. Only: the current controls are not enough. Not only is there a lack of will, but simply a lack of staff. We need a higher hiring corridor for the entire public service, whether for general administration, for the police or for teachers. Public service workers deserve more appreciation, which is why the transport backlog must finally be reduced. Good work must also be implemented in the public service, for which we need a good, modern staff representation law. Dear colleagues, I come to one of my core issues: Cohesion and social security A state that is capable of acting also includes good social policy. As you know, this is particularly close to my heart. Let me explain this with three examples: Example of care We are all getting older! Therefore, the topic of care also affects us all. Many will depend on it in old age. That is why I think it is important that good social services must also include good work for employees in the social sector. Take care as an example: there has been a lot of movement recently and there are significantly more collective agreements. But: not every facility participates. Therefore, the DGB supports ver.di with the demand for a generally binding collective agreement for care. Elections 27

32 But now people see that the prices for inpatient and outpatient care are rising. There are a number of causes for this, e. B. the new care law and the allocation of investments in old people's homes. Many people are afraid that they will no longer be able to afford it. We need to take these fears seriously and have an answer to them. We will therefore have to conduct an intensive discussion as to whether we are calling for an increase in benefits or, like our Minister of Social Affairs and ver.di, comprehensive long-term care insurance. Take childcare as an example.This shows the differences between the federal states that our district includes: In Saxony-Anhalt we have a quantitatively well-developed childcare offer. There are regular attempts to save on childcare times. But we will not allow that! We are currently fighting for quality improvements. For us this means quite clearly: making things easier for our educators. We want them to have time for educational work and looking after the children. For this, the key educator per child must be reduced. The vacation, the sick days and the preparation and follow-up times are to be included in this key. Example of child poverty Our district includes regions that are one of the most severely affected by child poverty. The fact that a quarter or even a third of the children are at risk of poverty is a scandal. We will persistently make this an issue! In Saxony-Anhalt I will expand our engagement in the Alliance against Child Poverty and in the district I would like a closer exchange of experiences about successful political campaigns and projects to reduce child poverty. This brings me to the promotion of our young talent at the DGB: We have great colleagues in full-time and volunteer positions among our youth. They deserve all the support we can give them. You are committed, creative and have great ideas. You secure our future as DGB. I will support the work of the youth department even more. Our vocational school tour will be extended in terms of time and number of vocational schools. The work in the schools should be built up. The pupils who are about to conclude an apprenticeship contract should be informed about tariffs, youth representatives and their rights and obligations. There are regular complaints about a lack of trainees from entrepreneurs. One can only say: If you want to attract trainees, you not only have to pay well, but also the Ordinary DGB District Conference Lower Saxony Bremen Saxony-Anhalt

33 Design training well, d. H. Observe protective regulations for young people who support young people with problems And the country must finally do its homework when it comes to travel allowances and trainee tickets. Those who accept long journeys also have to pay for them. These are all important issues for local people and for us. Right-wing populism Finally, let me address one more topic that is heavy on our stomachs. I feel that our society is facing an ordeal. An indication of this are the successes of the right-wing populists. Now, with the AfD, there is a party in parliaments that aggressively represents this right-wing populism. In Saxony-Anhalt, the AfD received 25 percent of the vote in the last state election. Many of you will be asking: How is this possible? There are many different theories for this. In my opinion, cultural reasons are the number one cause. That is the rejection of immigration, also a lack of contact with foreign colleagues. The desire for cultural uniformity in the population, national sovereignty and independence and the assumption that solidarity is only possible in small, equal groups. With us in the East there is also the fact that many associations, even the churches, only have a small membership base. We therefore have to defend the existing microstructures, especially in rural regions and in small-town social spaces. I have been campaigning against right-wing extremism for years. I am one of the spokespersons in the Magdeburg alliance against the law and on the board of the association "Mit Another", which documents meticulously right-wing activities and networks. Therefore, I know the bewilderment in the face of current developments all too well. But I also know that if we make broad alliances, then it will work. We last saw that on May 1st in Halle. There we were able to fend off attempts to disrupt right-wing extremists with broad support from civil society. It is clear to me: This is not an in-depth analysis, there is no time in an application speech for it. But I wanted to give you a little insight into what we are confronted with. What worries me in particular, and as I know, many of you feel the same way: Some AfD voters are also involved in trade unions for tariffs and workers' rights. Some of these are active members who are very popular. They make a distinction between union work and their own political views. They want trade unions not to express themselves politically. Unions should only concentrate on work in the factories. But that also means: About the situation in elections 29

34 Susanne Wiedemeyer is re-elected as deputy chairwoman of the DGB district Lower Saxony Bremen Saxony-Anhalt. We can discuss business with them. We can still reach them there. The content-related discussion is necessary. But we have to show a clear edge when human dignity is violated. I am happy to support you. Thank you very much for your attention. I am happy when I have the opportunity to work with you to enforce our demands. The ballot for the election of the deputy DGB district chairperson takes place in secret ballot. Susanne Wiedemeyer is re-elected as deputy chairwoman of the DGB district Lower Saxony Bremen Saxony-Anhalt with 83 votes in favor, seven against and four abstentions. She accepts the choice. c) Regional managing directors According to the current DGB statutes, it is the task of the district conference to elect the managing directors for the nine regions of the district. Annette Düring (Bremen-Elbe-Weser), Torsten Hannig (Lower Saxony-Mitte), Lothar Hanisch (Southern Lower Saxony-Harz), and Dorothee Ordinary DGB District Conference Lower Saxony Bremen Saxony-Anhalt have been proposed by the DGB District Executive and are ready to run

35 Jürgensen (Oldenburg-Ostfriesland), Michael Kleber (south-east Lower Saxony), Johannes Krause (Halle-Dessau), Matthias Richter-Steinke (north-east Lower Saxony), Katrin Skirlo (Altmark-Börde-Harz) and Petra Tiesmeyer (Osnabrück-Emsland). A personal introduction of the candidates is not desired. The election takes place in secret ballot. The election ends with the following results: Annette Düring (Bremen-Elbe-Weser): 91 votes in favor, 1 against, 1 abstention Torsten Hannig (Lower Saxony-Mitte): 89 votes in favor, 3 against, 1 abstention Lothar Hanisch (South Lower Saxony-Harz): 87 for, 2 against, 3 abstentions Dorothee Jürgensen (Oldenburg-Ostfriesland): 91 for, no against, no abstention Michael Kleber (South-East Lower Saxony): 87 For, 4 against, 2 abstentions Johannes Krause (Halle-Dessau): 89 for, 1 against, 2 abstentions Matthias Richter-Steinke (North-East Lower Saxony): 88 for, 2 no -Votes, 2 abstentions Katrin Skirlo (Altmark-Börde-Harz): 91 votes in favor, 1 against, 1 abstention

36 regional managers from left to right: Torsten Hannig, Matthias Richter-Steinke, Michael Kleber, Katrin Skirlo, Annette Düring, Dorothee Jürgensen, Johannes Krause. Petra Tiesmeyer and Lothar Hanisch are missing. Petra Tiesmeyer (Osnabrück-Emsland): 87 votes in favor, 2 against, 3 abstentions The regional managers accept their election individually. c) Auditors The following is the election of the four-person audit committee. The DGB district board proposed Detlev Behrens (IG BCE), Werner Giesemann (IG BAU), Gisela Pierau (ver.di) and Hinrich Witte (IG BAU). The nominees are ready to run for office. A personal introduction is not desired. The election takes place in secret ballot. The election ends with the following results: Detlev Behrens, IG BCE: 88 yes-votes, 1 no-vote Werner Giesemann, IG BAU: 88 yes-votes, 1 no-vote Gisela Pierau, ver.di: 89 yes-votes Hinrich Witte , IG BAU: 88 votes in favor, 1 vote against. The auditors take their election at the Ordinary DGB District Conference Lower Saxony Bremen Saxony-Anhalt

37 district board members from left to right: Dietmar Schilff (GdP), Hartmut Tölle (former district chairman), Susanne Wiedemeyer (deputy district chairman), Mehrdad Payandeh (district chairman), Thorsten Gröger (IG Metall), Laura Pooth (GEW), Sabine Schwarz (District women), Detlef Ahting (ver.di), Melanie Mörchen (deputy NGG), Eckhard Stoermer (IG BAU), Jeanette Kurtgil (deputy IG BCE), Peter Strüber (EVG). Christoph Hirschfeld (district youth) is missing. d) Announcement of the district board members The members of the district board nominated by the trade unions and groups of people are listed in the conference documents. Proposed are Detlef Ahting (ver.di), Ralf Becker (IG BCE), Thorsten Gröger (IG Metall), Herbert Grimberg (NGG), Laura Pooth (GEW), Christoph Hirschfeld (district youth), Dietmar Schilff (GdP), Sabine Schwarz (district women), Eckhard Stoermer (IG BAU), Peter Strüber (EVG), Mehrdad Payandeh (district chairman), Susanne Wiedemeyer (deputy district chairwoman). Elections 33

38 On behalf of the DGB District Executive, Peter Strüber thanks his colleagues Hartmut Tölle (former DGB District Chairman), Udo Gebhard (formerly Deputy District Chairman and State Chairman Saxony-Anhalt), Eberhard Brandt (former Chairman GEW Lower Saxony, Bernhard Hemsing (former Head of NGG District) and the long-time auditor Fred Habicht Ordinary DGB District Conference Lower Saxony Bremen Saxony-Anhalt

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40 After the lunch break, Magdalena Zynda-Elst takes over the conference management. Brief presentation: Reiner Hoffmann, DGB Federal Chairman Dear Colleagues, Dear Prime Minister Weil, Dear Prof. Bofinger, I am very pleased to be at your conference today and to give you a brief introduction to the subject of prosperity, jobs and competitiveness through public investment. On the occasion of the current dispute and discussion after the federal election and the difficult negotiations for a possible Jamaica coalition, I am grateful to Mr Lindner that we were spared this coalition. That would not have been a good future for employees. What the FDP tried to push through in the exploratory talks would have been the most extensive continuation of a neoliberal course in Germany and especially in Europe. Particularly with regard to jobs, competitiveness and prosperity, we cannot use a continuation of the neoliberal austerity policy. Ordinary DGB District Conference Lower Saxony Bremen Saxony-Anhalt

41 Now we are experiencing that, of course, there cannot be a complete change of course, even in a grand coalition, because of course there are forces in this union who would like to reverse what the grand coalition has achieved in the last four years . Let me give you a very recent example: The publishers here in the country are under massive pressure and are trying to enforce an exemption from the minimum wage for newspaper deliverers from a possible government. We say, dear colleagues, not like that! The minimum wage is one of the central achievements of the last grand coalition. We continue to criticize the exceptions and we will not allow the publishers to believe that they can apply pressure here to exclude people from the minimum wage who have earned this minimum wage as well as the other seven million who received a hefty wage increase on January 1, 2015 got. They only got it because we fought for it for ten years and because we have an SPD in the grand coalition that pushed it through. With the CDU alone, we would never have managed it. Most of them know that I worked in Brussels for a long time and when I look at what is on the first three pages of the exploratory paper on Europe, you have to pay close attention to what will be in the fine print. That has the potential for Europe to really initiate a change of course. Not only do we need investments here in our country, we also need investments in Europe. Europe is too important to let it fail, ladies and gentlemen. I also say that because the time window for Europe is extremely tight. We have elections to the European Parliament next spring, on May 26th. This means that the European institutions will only have reform processes completed by the end of the year, at most January or February of next year. Neither of us expected that a majority of the UK's citizens would vote for Brexit. If we do not want a Marine Le Pen with the Front National to become the strongest party in the next elections in France, then we must now initiate reforms in Europe for the people. So that people notice that Europe is not only there for the markets and companies, but for the citizens. That is why we must put an end to the austerity policy, as Emmanuel Macron called for. We need a stable Franco-German axis to get Europe back on track. I just want to remind you of one point that also has to do with your new DGB district chairman: Under the leadership of Mehrdad, the DGB launched the so-called Marshall Plan in 2012, Elections 37

In 42 we were so far advanced that we said that after the international financial market crisis, the answer is not austerity, but investment in the future. I think we are well advised if we can get a stable government as quickly as possible so that, together with the French and other Europeans, we can bring this fantastic project of European integration back into shape. This is a perspective that we cannot ignore and where we should use all our efforts, even if one or the other of the grand coalition does not suit us. But what kind of country is it that nobody here wants to rule? That cannot be the case with this prosperity, we have to confidently say: We want more justice, we want more social cohesion, that's what we fight for, that's what we are committed to, and for this you will also send clear signals with your deliberations and decisions. Thank you very much for that! Ordinary DGB District Conference Lower Saxony Bremen Saxony-Anhalt

43 10th PANEL DISCUSSION Lea Arnold (DGB District Lower Saxony Bremen Saxony-Anhalt) moderated the panel discussion on the subject of prosperity, jobs, securing competitiveness through public investments. On the podium were Reiner Hoffmann (Federal Chairman of the DGB), Stephan Weil (Prime Minister Lower Saxony), Prof. Dr. Peter Bofinger (economic adviser) and Dr. Mehrdad Payandeh (Chairman of the DGB District Lower Saxony, Bremen, Saxony-Anhalt). From left to right: Stephan Weil (Prime Minister Lower Saxony), Prof. Dr. Peter Bofinger (economic adviser), Reiner Hoffmann (federal chairman of the DGB), Dr. Mehrdad Payandeh (Chairman of the DGB District Lower Saxony-Bremen-Saxony-Anhalt), Lea Arnold (DGB District Lower Saxony Bremen Saxony-Anhalt) Panel Discussion 39

44 Stephan Weil made it clear that the municipal coffers have made significant progress and have invested half a billion euros more than in previous years. There is a positive development in municipal finances and only a fifth of the municipalities cannot cope with what they have. Targeted investments should be promoted there. Peter Bofinger pointed out that there is currently a surplus of around 40 billion euros in public budgets. The state must invest more, for example, to maintain technological leadership. It should not be the case that savings go abroad with low-interest loans. In addition, there must be depreciation relief for companies, which does not cost the state anything. Because the question of how companies will remain competitive in the future must be answered. Everything is being done in China to be a leader in industrial policy, and there is a very strong and aggressive policy there to move the country forward. Europe must find an answer to how companies can remain competitive and how to assert themselves against China. When asked about the need for investment, Mehrdad Payandeh currently sees the housing shortage as the most pressing problem. Economically it is an absurd situation, people are working, but purchasing power is not growing as fast as rent. Apartments are being built every year, but the need is low. That means you are constantly lagging behind. The state must constantly invest (state level, federal level, Europe) in order to remain fit for the future and not to be left behind. One should not only start from the financing side, what a country needs in order to be competitive and fit for the future. Reiner Hoffmann added that investments had decreased significantly since 2003 and that the state of schools, the rail network and the motorway was catastrophic. Education needs massive investments. Industry, the lifeline of the economy, cannot be competitive and social cohesion (education, care, social services) is in great danger. The youth is burdened with an enormous burden with the financing of a black zero. Stephan Weil reminded those present that there is a fee-free education system in Lower Saxony and that a lot is being invested in security. In addition, daycare fees should be abolished. According to the budget plan, a lot should be invested in education, but also in digital data networks.The hospitals are victims of underfunding, so 1.8 billion alone are earmarked for the university clinics in Hanover and Göttingen. In addition, Weil spoke out in favor of abolishing tax competition in Europe, then Ordinary DGB District Conference Lower Saxony Bremen Saxony-Anhalt

45 would all have more money in their pockets. Lea Arnold pointed out that public investment was falling, but wages were also falling, resulting in acute cases of poverty. Mehrdad Payandeh added that the state is quietly withdrawing, as a result of which rents, daycare fees and medication fees are rising - that is a dangerous development and endangers social cohesion. How much wage increase should we get? He asked provocatively. Peter Bofinger once again made it clear how important Europe is, especially for the global market. It has an important protective function. Payandeh replied that there was also a need for a different, more social European policy, because it was not only possible to export. The local supermarket should not be destroyed. Reiner Hoffmann recalled the social achievements that Europe created in the past. For example occupational health and safety or equality between women and men, which were anchored in Europe in the 1970s and 1980s. However, there has been a standstill in the further development of social and employee rights for 20 years. The minimum wage must also be introduced in Europe. Reiner Hoffmann pointed out that in the next few years there will be two to four organic. Euros would be inherited. You have to take a closer look and Hoffmann pleaded for a sensible taxation of inheritance. The capital gains tax must be returned to the income tax and a reintroduction of the wealth tax for companies is necessary without endangering the existence of the companies. That would be a contribution to social cohesion. Panel discussion 41

46 11. APPLICATION CONSULTATION The delegates discuss and resolve 56 applications under the direction of Dirk Schulze. The results can be found in the appendix Ordinary DGB District Conference Lower Saxony Bremen Saxony-Anhalt

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48 12. CLOSING WORDS DGB District Chairman Mehrdad Payandah Dear Colleagues, We have had an intense day behind us: a conference with many exciting debates, a conference at which we have positioned ourselves for the next four years. We discussed today, we voted and we positioned ourselves. All of this gives the DGB a secure basis from which to act in the next few years. In these troubled times, this is of the utmost importance. Because times are and will be conflicted times, this is not only shown by the current collective bargaining round in the metal industry. We will accept these conflicts. Together we left no doubt about that today. We will stand up for our union positions and for the rights of workers. Because this conference gives the DGB tailwind: Today shows that we unions pull together. This conference also gives the DGB Ordinary DGB District Conference Lower Saxony Bremen Saxony-Anhalt

49 work orders. She gave the elected mandates and specified the direction in terms of content with the motions. In the DGB district executive board, we will deal intensively with the application requests. The application situation is our guideline for the next few years. The decisions, dear colleagues, that we made together today have prepared us very well. It is clear: we stand together and fight together for decent work, collective bargaining and codetermination for social justice, cosmopolitanism and solidarity, and for a society that courageously looks ahead and takes its future into its own hands. I would like to thank everyone who has contributed to the success of today's conference: Our guests, who have enriched our conference primarily through their contributions and the panel discussion. I would like to thank the Presidium and the commissions for their good work. And all colleagues, especially the organizational team from the district administration, who prepared this day so well. Thanks also go to this house, in which we were able to be guests today, and to all colleagues who have so wonderfully supported us here at the Maritim Hotel. And above all I would like to thank you, the conference and the delegates, for your great commitment, your contributions and your positions. The tasks are clear, now let's get started! The conference is closed. Closing words 45

50 13. PROPOSALS Subject areas A Leading proposals B Economic and labor market policy C Education D Social policy E Social policy F Statutes and organization Contents A01 Shaping the future in solidarity! A02 State capable of action: Future-proof through investment offensive A03 Shaping society in solidarity A04 For an active industrial and service policy in Lower Saxony, Bremen and Saxony-Anhalt A05 The DGB advocates the rights of all employees. Violence against emergency services is not with us! B01 Strengthening the co-determination of works and staff councils on the subject of work contracts, as well as introduction of a fixed quota. B02 Legal entitlement to return full-time B03 Campaign for a legally anchored entitlement to limited part-time B04 Promote part-time management as an innovative working time model B05 More nursing staff in hospitals B06 Free design rights in the Nursing Time Act B07 Change in the Lower Saxony law on shop opening and sales hours B08 A balanced energy mix for a successful Energy transition B09 Temporary work only with a 20% flexibility surcharge B10 Working time recording for mobile work B11 Include server downtime in laws B12 Pay compensation for reduced working hours through parental leave and care Ordinary DGB District Conference Lower Saxony Bremen Saxony-Anhalt

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53 Proposal A01: Shaping the future in solidarity! Applicant Decision Recommendation of the ABK subject area DGB District Board Lower Saxony Bremen Saxony-Anhalt (DGB) accepted Acceptance of key proposals The conference should decide: From the experiences of the global economic crisis of 1929, the model of the social market economy was developed after 1945 with the active participation of the trade unions in Germany . This new social model enabled a rising standard of living and steadily improving working conditions for the broader population. The collective regulation of industrial relations through collective agreements, company co-determination, social benefits that ensure living standards and a demand-oriented economic policy that is intended to ensure full employment are central components of this model. This development path was so successful that in the early 1960s the unemployment rate fell below one percent in Germany and insecure employment relationships had almost completely disappeared. The employees also benefited from the growing prosperity thanks to strong trade unionists and a well-organized workforce. The social partnership on equal terms created operational and social peace. Every day, millions of citizens experienced prosperity for everyone. But since the mid-1970s, this social model has been questioned by strong forces in politics and business. The worldview of economic liberalism, which was already believed to have been overcome, is gaining massive influence again and in many areas there is a relapse into the time before 1945. More market, less state, more liberalization and flexibilization instead of a regulated labor market and strong employee protection, more tax privileges for large incomes, assets and inheritances and, ultimately, the growing dominance of the financial markets contributed massively to the erosion of our social order based on solidarity. With the end of the Cold War, politics followed the neoliberal worldview and consciously and unconsciously implemented such a restructuring program. The consequences for our society are devastating. Inequality endangers social cohesion Germany is becoming more and more unequal: In no other OECD country has inequality increased as strongly as in Germany. On the one hand, the number of the super-rich is increasing, and their incomes and assets are steadily increasing. On the other closing words, Motions 49

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