In Germany, 3G should generally apply in the workplace in the future. The SPD, Greens and FDP, i.e. the possible new government coalition in the federal government, want to anchor this in their draft law to combat corona, as they announced on Tuesday. This means that only those who have been vaccinated or recovered from Corona or who can present a current negative test should go to work. Many not unimportant details of the planned regulation are still open. The Federal Ministry of Labor should now work out a formulation for the draft law that is to be passed by the Bundestag next week, said the health policy spokeswoman for the SPD in the Bundestag, Sabine Dittmar.
You assume that those who have not recovered and those who have not been vaccinated will have to present a negative test every day, said Dittmar. At the same time, the Ministry of Labor will also clarify who will pay for these tests. So far, every employee has the right to have his employer provide him with two tests a week; it should stay that way, announced Dittmar. The FDP, on the other hand, only pointed out on Monday that the free rapid tests for everyone, the so-called citizen tests, would be reintroduced, which would then also give unvaccinated employees a free test option.
A 3-G rule at the workplace has been in effect since this Tuesday, for example in Bavaria, where a particularly high number of corona infections are currently counted. There are now more than 600 corona patients in an intensive care unit, the seven-day incidence is 348. Nationwide, it rose to a record value of 213.7 on Tuesday.
How exactly 3G should be regulated in the workplace, there should be a lot of discussions in the coming days. For example, it is still completely unclear whether and how unvaccinated or non-recovered workers should be sanctioned if they do not want to be tested. The SPD, Greens and FDP also want to give employers, at least temporarily, the right to find out which employees have already been vaccinated against Corona. In the past, the unions had resisted this because of data protection. In addition, there were “intensive talks” with them, said Dittmar. The German Trade Union Federation (DGB) still rejects a general obligation to provide information. His chairman, Reiner Hoffmann, called a 3-G rule at the workplace on Tuesday “an effective means” – if the necessary tests were paid for by the employer and taken during working hours.
The SPD, Greens and FDP are criticized for their bill because they want to let the “epidemic situation of national scope” expire on November 25th. The possible future traffic light coalitionists defend themselves against the accusation of remaining inactive or playing down the rapid spread of the corona virus. With the emergence of this regulation “it is by no means said that Corona is over,” assured the FDP health politician Christine Aschenberg-Dugnus (FDP). But the decision on corona measures is being returned to the parliaments. The Green MP Maria Klein-Schmeink said that with the new law there would continue to be a “legally secure basis for all necessary measures” for the federal states and municipalities.
When asked why the rules had not been included in the draft law earlier, Klein-Schmeink responded with criticism of the still incumbent Federal Minister of Health, Jens Spahn (CDU). The latter did not use “its various opportunities to take action” and left a “loophole” in the “nascent coalition”. If the newly introduced rules have to be readjusted, that will be done, said Klein-Schmeink.