Pension: THESE pensioners will probably get a corona premium – “Always hold out your hand”
quarrel about the Interest: Are retirees entitled to a corona premium of several hundred euros?
The Corona bonus for Interest now causes a dispute in a federal state.
Pension: THESE pensioners should receive a corona bonus – “Always hold out your hand”
In Saarland, there will be a state election on March 27th. The anger about the corona premium may also have something to do with around 15,000 votes from pensioners. In any case, there is currently a dispute in the grand coalition in Saarbrücken about the payment of a special payment to this group of seniors.
Pension – more about statutory pension insurance:
- The old-age pension was introduced in Germany in 1891.
- In 2020 there were over 21 million pensioners in Germany.
- The contribution rate to the statutory pension insurance is currently 18.6 percent.
- Half of this is borne by the employee and half by the employer.
The background is the wage agreement for the civil servants, which was reached in mid-December. It stipulates that officials in Saarland will receive 2.8 percent more money, as well as a tax-free corona flat rate of 1,300 euros.
For the approximately 15,000 retirees, although their remuneration will also be adjusted upwards by 2.8 percent, they are not entitled to the 1,300 euros corona bonus because they logically did not have any additional burdens in the pandemic when they retired.
Pension: Pensioners could get a different corona bonus in Saarland
But this is exactly the sticking point: Ewald Linn, the chairman of the Saarland civil servants’ association, also wants to get something out for the retired civil servants. He demands a one-off payment of 500 euros to compensate for inflation to pensioners, but this would be taxable, unlike the Corona premium for working people.
Apparently, CDU Prime Minister Tobias Hans is accommodating with this demand and, according to information from Saarland broadcasting, has made a payment of 300 euros – much to the displeasure of the coalition partner SPD and the taxpayers’ association.
Labor Minister Anke Rehlinger (SPD), who wants to become Prime Minister herself, is said to have already referred internally to the budgetary emergency in Saarland and that no other federal state has paid a bonus to retired civil servants.
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Pension: Active civil servants show no understanding for this
The possible corona bonus payment to pensioners is also being debated online. An officer who is still active is strictly against it. She writes on Twitter: “You can’t always just hold your hand!”
That’s how a colleague sees it, who also criticizes the working conditions, i.e. the increase in stress compared to earlier times: “Retired civil servants didn’t have the conditions that they have today.”