The Joint Association calls for civil servants and self-employed people to be required to pay pension contributions. These are intended to contribute to a stable and poverty-proof pension. 

The Joint Association demands that civil servants and self-employed people also pay into pension insurance in the future. “Poverty in old age is a rapidly increasing problem,” said the association’s future general manager, Johannes Rock, to the “Stuttgarter Zeitung” and the “Stuttgarter Nachrichten” (Thursday). 

A good, poverty-proof pension is necessary. “We can achieve this by expanding the pension insurance to include employment insurance, into which civil servants and the self-employed also pay, by increasing the pension level and introducing minimum pensions.” The planned pension package does not go far enough. 

Rock referred to an analysis by the General Parity Association, according to which almost one in five people over the age of 65 in Germany is considered poor. 20 years ago it was half of that, said the association representative, who will succeed Ulrich Schneider as general manager of the joint association at the beginning of August. 

The federal government wants to approve the planned pension package II on Wednesday next week. With the reform, Labor Minister Hubertus Heil (SPD) and Finance Minister Christian Lindner (FDP) want to stabilize pension levels and slow down the expected increase in pension contributions through investments on the capital market.

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