The director of Volkshilfe Österreich is sleeping on the street today. Erich Fenninger has already spent eight nights in a tent with a sleeping bag. On the ninth and final night of Tuesday, he set up camp at the chancellor's door. He won't be the only one.
What's this? Sweeping nights in the street are part of the nationwide Action Volkshilfe campaign against the new minimum wage. All federal capitals protested, in all federal capitals, the Volkshilfe director opened his tent. The last stop is Vienna.
The fact that he opens a small tent city at the fateful monument in front of the Federal Chancellor at the end came rather by chance. At the stop in Linz, a couple of seniors went for the first time, in St. Pölten was three young adults who joined the nocturnal protest. In Vienna, Fenninger now actively calls for: # aufdiestraße and to bring a tent is the motto.
Many celebrities supported Volkshilfe in the protests. For example, Rainhard Fendrich gave a spontaneous street concert in Eisenstadt. In Vienna, Willi Resetaris, Ernst Molden and Russkaja will perform.
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"The nights were very cold, especially at night, strenuous," says Fenninger in an interview with "Heute.at". The action was well considered. Fencing would do something that has symbolic power.
With the new lowest income ("social assistance"), more people in poverty will land on the street, he is convinced. It wasn't about imitating homeless people, but about showing "what's at stake."
There had been "only positive feedback" on the protest round. You have reached many people, many positive discussions. "It has been noticed that people really do not want it," that the lowest (minimum income) is reduced.
Volkshilfe already records a measurable success for itself: Those donations should no longer be drawn from the new social aid, It would have been "quite dramatic," according to Fenninger. The attention that has been drawn to this aspect has "paid".
Fencing hopes that his free mandate will make the club mandatory this time by appealing to MPs to vote against the government's law over the next few days. The deputies should follow their conscience, he believes.
In the most likely case that the law will move on in the next few days, Volkshilfe has more plans. "It's the day after," says Fenninger. And you will remind MEPs that every single person who has joined the law has dumped even more people into more suffering.
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The consequences of the new social assistance can already be guessed, for example, in Upper Austria. There, the minimum wage has already been cut and there are "already more problems than before". In the countryside, the effects will be "very very fast", in several months, can see, says Fenninger.
He tells about parents who cannot warm their homes or cannot pay electricity. In September, it is especially bad for low-income mothers: the school begins to have a high financial burden every year.
The long-term social worker also responds to the government's arguments, according to which the new "social assistance" is fairer, no immigration into the social system is more possible and incentives are created to quickly find themselves back to working life.
Either ignorance is here, or the government deliberately spreads the injustice, Fenninger expresses it dramatically: "This is completely disturbing."
Scientific Studies show that reintegration into the labor market is the fastest, where unemployment compensation is high. Fening's example is Sweden. There, one did not have to worry about losing his job and thereby being able to concentrate fully on seeking work.
Fencing cannot prove the experience of the often cited "social system immigration". "There is no single proof that refugees come to us for the least income," he says.
The Public Health Director has specific figures in store. Sixty percent of OSH applicants cannot work at all. This applies to children, young people, pensioners, disabled people and those who need care, which he explains to ORF. And also: "We are talking about 0.9 percent of the social budget" (which is spent on minimum income, listing).
It is saved and cut especially in the poorest, called Fenninger, an "absolute scandal". "They don't choose this life," he says. The minimum amount is the last net after the unemployment benefit. The government would simply have removed the state's goal of poverty reduction, livelihood and participation for all people.
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