In Brief: Germany’s labor, family and health ministers present joint action, Senate encourages Berliners to replace old oil heaters and invest in green rooftops

Equal pay across east and west Germany, making it easier for caregivers from abroad to work in the country - these are some of the measures proposed by Germany’s labor, family and health ministers in a new joint action. Find out more in your KCRW Berlin News Brief.

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Germany’s labor, family and health ministers have proposed a number of measures to improve working conditions in the healthcare sector.

The package includes proposals for equal pay across east and west Germany, as well as measures to make it easier for caregivers from abroad to work in the country.

Critics of the plan want to know how wage increases and improved working conditions will be funded.

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The Berlin Senate has approved 3.5 million euros in subsidies to encourage the expansion of green rooftops in the city. The program can help 1,000 homeowners add vegetation to their roofs.

The Senate is also encouraging homeowners to replace their old oil heaters.

Regine Günther, the Senator for Environment, Transport, and Climate Protection, says there are still around 66,000 oil heaters in Berlin, which she says accounts for 6% of Berlin’s total greenhouse gas emissions.

Homeowners who replace their old oil heaters could be eligible to receive 5,000 euros through the Investitionsbank Berlin.

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