Berlin (dpa) - The German Trade Union Confederation has called on the federal government to make more efforts so that more skilled workers can also be found in Germany.

DGB board member Annelie Buntenbach told the German press agency that it was right to rely on recruitment abroad, otherwise the need for skilled workers could not be met in the coming years. “Nevertheless: the federal government has to do one thing without leaving the other. Because in Germany there is already a potential for skilled workers that must finally be raised through qualifications and further training. »

This includes not only better participation of women, older people and currently unemployed people in working life, but also training and integration of refugees who are already in Germany.

The Federal Government, the federal states, business and trade unions will meet in the Chancellery on Monday for a summit on the immigration of skilled workers. Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) had said it should be discussed how the new skilled labor immigration law could work quickly. The law is due to enter into force on March 1, 2020 and to pave the way to Germany for qualified workers from non-EU countries. Business associations in Germany have long complained of a shortage of skilled workers in certain professions.

As is apparent from a draft of the joint declaration of intent for the summit, the federal government is planning accelerated visa procedures and a recruitment campaign. This was reported by the «Redaction Network Germany (RND / Saturday). The paper said that in order to fully exploit the possibilities of the law, further concrete steps of “practical implementation” were required. With more staff in the visa offices, the process of issuing visas to the diplomatic missions abroad should be accelerated in order to reduce waiting times. The Federal Employment Agency should use suitable "placement agreements with selected countries of origin" to recruit suitable applicants.

DGB board member Buntenbach said that when recruiting specialists from non-EU countries, transparency and high standards should be at the top of the agenda. "If people get into debt for the placement fees of dubious private companies and then have to take on any job in the worst conditions to pay off this debt, the legislature will be complicit in exploitative employment relationships." Therefore, the recruitment process should, at best from the unions' perspective, be over the public employment service should be organized with the participation of the social partners.

Foreign nurses would have great expectations of a job market that many Germans would have left for good reasons, said Buntenbach. «If we don't keep our promises, they will move on. However, employment and low wages are what we have to offer in many industries. That needs to change. The federal government must ensure attractive working conditions and wages. »

Employer President Ingo Kramer called on the federal and state governments to significantly improve the education and training of children and young people in Germany in order to secure skilled workers. "Fortunately, we are now taking care of the urgently needed better management of the immigration of skilled workers," said Kramer of the "Rheinische Post" (Saturday). "But we shouldn't neglect the educational efforts of our children." The quality of education must be improved significantly and across all types of schools. That is above all an urgent task for the Prime Ministers and the Ministers of Education for the Länder, said Kramer. "The lack of skilled workers is the greatest macroeconomic risk in the near future in Germany."