Good distribution policy and solidarity in practice

Time and time again, we have been told by the government that the coronavirus has led the country into the most difficult situation since World War II – both in terms of public health, but also the economy.

The health authorities have advised the government throughout the process, but in terms of the economy, new thinking is needed.

Until now, it has been absent in the public debate that all state and municipal employees as well as people on transfer incomes have retained all their rights with regard to wages and other income, while the part (of self-employed and private employees) that the government has forcibly shut down, just are granted some difficult-to-understand and politically determined privileges. And this despite the fact that the economic consequences for this last group are extremely serious and for many mean loss of livelihood and economic ruin.

The government is pursuing social democratic policies under the guise of the corona crisis – it is not nice, perhaps understandable, but it clearly shows how great the need is for the breakthrough that emerges with the center-right movement and thus a more balanced economic policy.

The state and municipalities are by far the largest employer in the country and have the power, even with small changes in wages and working conditions, to offset just some of the relative deterioration in private employment that has occurred since the beginning of the corona crisis.

Is it really true that the government has unequivocally exempted one half of the population (state and municipal employees as well as recipients of transfer income) from the direct economic consequences of the corona pandemic? Yes, that’s apparently it. But that can be corrected.

The new thinking is proposed to be implemented with a proposal that for all state and municipal employees as well as for all recipients of transfer income, for example, two percent less in salary / benefit will be cut. It is redistributive politics and solidarity in practice.

But even after the corona crisis, there will be a need for Denmark’s largest employer to continue to use this remedy when the economy is to be restored. It will provide good inspiration for private employers to follow suit. Martin Grønlund, Copenhagen

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