Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania: Schwesig presents coalition agreement

IIn Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania there will be another public holiday on March 8, International Women’s Day. This is part of the red-red coalition agreement that Prime Minister Manuela Schwesig (SPD) and Simone Oldenburg (left) presented on Monday in Schwerin. Schwesig said that Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania has so far had fewer public holidays than other countries. A good working environment is based on the balance between work, productivity and relaxation. Another holiday is feasible, “our economy will not suffer from it”.

Matthias Wyssuwa

Political correspondent for Northern Germany and Scandinavia based in Hamburg.

They want to promote equality in the country, and March 8 is “international day of struggle for equal rights of women and men”. This year there are ten public holidays in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, and twelve in Bavaria, Saarland and Baden-Württemberg.

New teaching positions planned

The focus of the coalition agreement with the heading “Awakening 2030” with its 77 pages is made up of three blocks on the economy, social responsibility and climate protection. The red-red coalition wants to create or secure a thousand teaching positions by finding teachers for previously vacant positions, maintaining expiring positions and creating new ones.

The non-contributory daycare center introduced in the last legislative period is also to be retained, and the quality of care is now to be upgraded. The aim is to improve the care ratio and to help the municipalities to pay the educators better.

An on-call bus system is to be introduced throughout the country in order to improve the connection to local public transport, which is particularly difficult in rural areas. In addition, a senior citizen ticket is planned, with which senior citizens can use buses and trains in the country for one euro a day.

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