Karl-Josef Laumann

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Karl-Josef Laumann at the CDU federal party conference (2014)

Karl-Josef Laumann (* 11. July 1957 in Riesenbeck ) is a politician of the CDU and since 2017 in the Cabinet Laschet Minister of Labor, Health and Social Affairs of North Rhine-Westphalia .

Origin, education and professional activity (1957 to 1990)

Laumann and his two brothers grew up in Birgte in a conservative - Catholic dominated farming family on. From 1968 to 1974 he attended the Harkenberg secondary school in Hörstel , from which he graduated with a secondary school certificate (type 10 A). Like his father, Laumann initially wanted to become a farmer. When the older brother took over the farm, he decided to train as a machine fitter . Already during his training, which he completed until 1977, Laumann became a member of IG Metall . He performed his military service (last rank of corporal ) until 1978. From 1978 to 1990 Laumann worked as a machine fitter at Niemeyer Agrartechnik GmbH in Hörstel-Riesenbeck. During this time he was also active in the company as a works council . He lives with his wife Agnes Laumann in Riesenbeck and is the father of three grown children.

Laumann was the first top civil servant in the history of the Federal Republic of Germany to be sworn in as a civil servant state secretary at the federal level with a secondary school diploma and no academic qualification .

CDU politician (since 1974)

Encounter with care on the ground (2015)

Laumann began his political career with the Junge Union in the Steinfurt district , of which he is honorary chairman to this day. As a 17-year-old machine fitter apprentice , Laumann became a member of the CDU in 1974 and also a member of the Christian Democratic Workforce (CDA) in 1977 . Karl-Josef Laumann was chairman of the CDU district association Steinfurt from 1986 to 2010 and has been chairman of the CDU district association Münsterland since 2003 . Laumann is also a member of the CDU federal executive board and, since 2004, the federal presidium of the CDU . Since 2005 he has been the federal chairman of the CDA ( Christian Democratic Workers' Union ). Laumann has been active in the Catholic Workers' Movement (KAB) for many years . In 1998 he was elected district chairman of the KAB Nord-Münsterland, which has over 7,000 members. He held this office until 2014.

From 1979 to 2004 Laumann was a council member of the city of Hörstel.

Member of the Bundestag (1990 to 2005)

Laumann at the CDU party conference (2016)

Laumann was a member of the German Bundestag from 1990 until his departure on June 28, 2005 . From 2000 to 2002 he was chairman of the labor and social affairs group and from 2002 to 2005 chairman of the economics and labor working group of the CDU / CSU parliamentary group . As a directly elected MP, he had the constituency of Steinfurt II .

Member of the state parliament in North Rhine-Westphalia (2005 to 2013)

He had been a member of the North Rhine-Westphalian state parliament since August 4, 2005, when he replaced the retired MP Hans Peter Lindlar . From 2010 to 2013 he was chairman of the CDU parliamentary group in the state parliament. In the early NRW state elections on May 13, 2012 , Laumann successfully defended his constituency Steinfurt II with 45.1% of the first votes. On December 18, 2013 Laumann resigned his mandate and thus also the chairmanship of the CDU state parliament.

Official State Secretary at federal level (2013 to 2017)

From December 2013 to June 2017, Karl-Josef Laumann was a civil servant state secretary in the Federal Ministry of Health and the Federal Government's representative for patients and care.

NRW State Minister for Labor, Health and Social Affairs (2005 to 2010 and since 2017)

Karl-Josef Laumann in the Federal Council (2019)

Karl-Josef Laumann has been Minister for Labor, Health and Social Affairs in North Rhine-Westphalia since June 30, 2017. He held this office in the Rüttger cabinet from 2005 to 2010 .

Political positions and criticism

Basic attitude

Laumann is considered a down-to-earth party soldier who was / is always loyal to his NRW party leaders ( Rüttgers and Laschet ). As a supporter of Christian social doctrine and a longstanding IG Metall member, he always advocates workers' rights despite internal party critics. His political motto is: Do right and don't be afraid of anyone . The Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung describes Laumann's political style as a rumble for the social cause .

Shortly before the CDU party conference in November 2006, Laumann started a discussion about the social systems when he said in an interview with the Westdeutsche Zeitung :

"The principle that someone who has paid long contributions will receive unemployment benefit I for a longer period of time than a young drunk who has done nothing is right and social."

- Karl-Josef Laumann

This statement gave rise to debate both in the Union and in society. While groups on the left strongly criticized the choice of words and demanded apologies, Laumann received positive feedback from the middle-class camp and the trade unions. At the party congress itself, there was a noticeable shift in the CDU towards the proposals by Rüttgers and Laumann to strengthen the party's social competence and to become more active again in this area as lessons from the federal election. In mid-November 2011, the federal CDU voted at its party congress in Leipzig for a draft that forces all industries to set a minimum wage . Laumann fought for this project for years; In 2011, Chancellor Angela Merkel , Labor Minister Ursula von der Leyen and other CDU top politicians also spoke out in favor.

“The nursing grades failed,” explains Laumann on April 1, 2015. He announced that he would campaign for a Bundestag resolution so that from 2016 onward nursing grades no longer have to be published. As the health minister of North Rhine-Westphalia , Laumann organizes the survey of nursing staff in the state in order to be able to set up a state nursing chamber .

Corona outbreak at Tönnies

Karl-Josef Laumann has been criticizing the poor working conditions in German slaughterhouses for a long time . Laumann calls for a radical change in the German meat industry:

“I've stopped being angry about the conditions in the meat industry. I've known how they are for a long time. In structures without transparency, such as in the meat industry, there can be no trust, only clear legal requirements. "

- Karl-Josef Laumann

In North Rhine-Westphalia, the Tönnies slaughterhouse and its subcontractors have submitted applications for reimbursement of wages to the Westphalia-Lippe Regional Association. The background is the quarantine measures that were imposed after the massive corona outbreak among Tönnies workers at the headquarters in Rheda-Wiedenbrück. The Infection Protection Act provides for a reimbursement if health authorities close a company and order quarantine.

Laumann clearly contradicts Tönnies' demand for wage reimbursement:

“I believe that the Tönnies problem has cost the public authorities in North Rhine-Westphalia a lot of money. Both the two counties and us. If Mr. Tönnies really had claims against us, then I'm a person who wants things to be offset against each other. As of today, I don't see that Mr. Tönnies can expect any transfers from the state of North Rhine-Westphalia. "

- Karl-Josef Laumann

Criticism of free corona tests

Laumann has generally spoken out in favor of mandatory corona tests for travelers returning from risk areas. The NRW Minister of Health criticizes, however, that the Federal Minister of Health Jens Spahn wants to offer the tests free of charge. Laumann demands:

“Anyone who travels to risk areas must show solidarity with the community and rule out that other people would subsequently be infected. It's not just about vacation traffic in summer. Therefore, the assumption of the costs by the state could not be a state service in the long run. Every traveler pays for the security of their luggage. "

- Karl-Josef Laumann

Union candidate for Chancellor

Karl-Josef Laumann has spoken out clearly against the CSU chairman Markus Söder as the Union's candidate for chancellor . In an interview with the Neue Westfälische Tageszeitung , Laumann explains:

“I have never seen a Bavarian become Federal Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany. I am also very sure that North Rhine-Westphalia Prime Minister Armin Laschet will be elected as the new party chairman of the CDU in December. "

- Karl-Josef Laumann




Web links

Commons : Karl-Josef Laumann  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. ^ AZ Allgemeine Zeitung (Münsterland) Schulze Föcking follows Laumann. Accessed on November 5, 2010
  2. https://www.deutsche-apotheker-zeitung.de/news/artikel/2017/06/28/cdu-erhaelt-gesundheitsressort-in-nrw
  3. https://www.faz.net/aktuell/politik/inland/toennies-gegenspieler-laumann-poltern-fuer-die-soziale-sache-16835502.html
  4. https://www.spiegel.de/politik/deutschland/unions-debatte-ruettgers-leger-nach-a-450436-amp.html
  5. https://www.handelsblatt.com/politik/deutschland/bezugzeit-alg-i-minister-junge-saeufer-verdienen-weniger-arbeitslosengeld-i/2737096.html?ticket=ST-9508361-I4zgatKYiYiODauN72Ma-ap1
  6. zeit.de: The minimum wage whisperer. - For years he fought for his idea, now he is almost there: How the social politician Karl-Josef Laumann taught his CDU the minimum wage.
  7. Finally recognize good care ( memento of April 17, 2015 in the Internet Archive ), press release of the authorized carer of April 1, 2015 (link checked on April 16, 2015).
  8. Laumann calls for the Nursing Chamber , DBfK press release of September 11, 2017 (link checked on September 23, 2018)
  9. https://www.aachener-zeitung.de/wirtschaft/harte-zeiten-fuer-die-fleischindustrie_aid-51775717
  10. https://www1.wdr.de/nachrichten/landespolitik/toennies-landesregierung-kommentar-100.html
  11. https://rp-online.de/panorama/coronavirus/coronavirus-bei-toennies-laumann-droht-fleischindustrie-und-forder-mehr-transparenz_aid-51770629
  12. https://www.bild.de/regional/ruhrgebiet/ruhrgebiet-aktuell/firma-verlangt-entschaedigung-minister-laumann-erteilt-toennies-absage-71870738.bild.html
  13. https://www.ruhrnachrichten.de/nachrichten/neuer-luft-filter-bei-toennies-empoerung-ueber-endung-von-lohnkosten-1537577.html
  14. https://www.radiolippe.de/nachrichten/lippe/detailansicht/corona-in-guetersloh-laumann-will-kein-steuergeld-fuer-toennies-haben.html
  15. https://www.welt.de/regionales/nrw/article212383975/NRW-Gesundheitsminister-Laumann-verteidigt-Corona-Pflichttests.html
  16. https://www.muensterlandzeitung.de/nachrichten/coronavirus-in-nrw-kitas-ab-mitte-august-wieder-im-normalbetrieb-liveblog-plus-1537692.html
  17. https://rp-online.de/panorama/coronavirus/corona-tests-fuer-rueckkehrer-laumann-will-testsnicht-nur-an-flughaefen_aid-52448403
  18. https://www.focus.de/politik/knatsch-in-der-union-als-kanzlerkandidat-indiskutabel-warum-laschets-jungs-jetzt-gegen-soeder-keilen_id_12232840.html
  19. ^ Awarded the Order of Merit of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia. In: press release. State Chancellery of North Rhine-Westphalia, November 17, 2016, archived from the original on November 18, 2016 ; Retrieved November 18, 2016 .