The next assertion was distributed by members and supporters of the Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei (Socialist Equality Occasion, SGP) throughout an illustration towards unaffordable rents on September 11 in Berlin.
The Socialist Equality Occasion requires a sure vote within the September 26 referendum on the socialization of the housing inventory of enormous actual property teams in Berlin. The lease craze can’t be stopped with out expropriating the rental sharks. However actual expropriation can solely be achieved within the battle towards the Social Democratic Occasion / Left Occasion / Inexperienced Senate and on the premise of a socialist program which locations the wants of the folks earlier than the pursuits of capital.
Rents within the German capital have doubled over the previous decade and the worth of undeveloped land has elevated eightfold. Actual property hypothesis has develop into one of the necessary levers for redistributing social wealth from under. As massive actual property corporations like Deutsche Wohnen and Vonovia and their shareholders reap implausible returns with out lifting a finger, the general public is being conned.
Rising rents, extreme incidentals and luxurious renovations imply hardworking folks need to spend greater than half of their revenue on lease or cannot afford an house in any respect. The human proper to housing, anchored within the United Nations Worldwide Covenant on Financial, Social and Cultural Rights, has been sacrificed to the sharks’ thirst for revenue.
Acceptance of the referendum is not going to change something. The Senate – a coalition of the SPD, the Left Occasion and the Greens – has already pointed the center finger to the folks of Berlin and made it clear that it’s going to not settle for a constructive consequence.
Within the “official communication on the referendum”, the coalition opposes the “arguments of the Senate” to the “arguments of the sponsor”, the Expropriation Initiative of Deutsche Wohnen & Co. “The referendum doesn’t have for object a draft of particular regulation, ”he notes. “If profitable, it’s due to this fact not legally binding on the Senate and the choice on the promulgation of a socialization regulation would relaxation with the Home of Representatives.”
In different phrases, as a result of the vote shouldn’t be on a particular invoice, however on a mission of the Senate to draft a invoice with clearly outlined necessities, the Senate declares the consequence “legally non-binding” and invokes the sovereignty of the Chamber of Deputies.
It has been identified for twenty years that the Home of Representatives and the Senate events are in cahoots with rental sharks. At the moment, the SPD and the Left Occasion (which was nonetheless referred to as the PDS) offered practically 200,000 public residences to non-public actual property corporations for pocket cash. Up to now, nothing has modified on this partnership between the Senate and Rental Sharks. The Senate certainly encourages them to boost rents.
Whereas the textual content of the referendum requires “compensation properly under market worth” – legally attainable – and the initiators estimate a sum of seven.3 to 13.7 billion euros for 200,000 residences, the Senate has revealed a sum two to 3 instances increased. In line with his calculation, actual property teams can acquire 28.2 to 36 billion euros for 243,000 residences.
In follow, nevertheless, the Senate is pouring a lot bigger sums into their pockets. Finance Senator Matthias Kollatz (SPD) is within the means of reaching an settlement with Vonovia and Deutsche Wohnen to promote practically 15,000 residences to municipal housing associations earlier than the referendum vote, for a value of two.4 billion euros. The 2 housing giants are merging and are at the moment promoting some residences, however will nonetheless management 10% of all rental residences in Berlin after the gross sales.
To place the figures into perspective: in 2004, the SPD / Senate of the Left Occasion offered 65,000 residences within the municipality at a mean value of 6,150 euros to Deutsche Wohnen; the initiators of the referendum set a mean value for residences of 37,000 to 69,000 euros for compensation; the Senate calculates with 116,000 to 148,000 euros per house; and Kollartz buys residences from firms at a mean value of 163,000 euros!
These figures give an thought of the gold mine that the SPD, the Left Occasion and the Greens have opened for rental sharks. Along with will increase in worth, there are additionally excessive revenues. Deutsche Wohnen distributed over 350 million euros to shareholders in 2019 alone; or 2,100 euros per house, which went straight from the pockets of the tenants to the accounts of the shareholders.
The SPD, the Left Occasion and the Greens stand – regardless of their crocodile tears over the excessive rents of the electoral marketing campaign – with each ft within the camp of the capital. This is applicable not solely to the difficulty of housing, but additionally to the well being system – the place workers of the Charité and des Vivantes hospitals are at the moment on strike towards the insufferable penalties of years of austerity measures and privatization – and public service and native transport, the place they destroy tens of 1000’s of jobs and decrease wages.
The referendum itself is, even when it has been totally carried out, completely inadequate to resolve the extreme housing scarcity. It solely asks for the socialization of the property of all non-public housing corporations with greater than 3,000 residences. They should be transferred to a non-profit establishment underneath public regulation through which tenants have a democratic voice. This is able to have an effect on round 200,000 to 250,000 residences, meant to make up for the dearth of inexpensive housing for low wages. This is able to not cease the extreme housing scarcity within the capital and actual property hypothesis by mid-sized corporations and personal traders.
The modest targets of the referendum are usually not solely as a result of initiators’ strict adherence to the prescribed authorized framework that protects capitalist property. Most of them come from the ranks or the entourage of the Senate events, particularly the Left Occasion. Their complete technique is aimed toward getting the Senate to alter course, even when, as all historic and worldwide expertise reveals, it’s not possible.
The Left Occasion is doing all the things in its energy to be accepted into the subsequent federal authorities – underneath the management of right-wing Social Democratic chancellor Olaf Scholz and in alliance with the Greens, who’ve develop into the pioneers of German militarism . He’s due to this fact doing all the things to show his “reliability” in issues of home and international coverage in energy.
The SGP pursues a very totally different technique from that of the initiators of the referendum. We don’t depend on established events and unions, however on the impartial motion of the working class, which is creating with nice dynamism everywhere in the world.
Protests and strikes towards low wages, insufferable working circumstances and social cuts are rising all over the world. And nearly in every single place these struggles turn into an open rebel towards the outdated employees’ events and unions, all of that are within the camp of the ruling class. Right here in Berlin, Siemens employees have fought towards layoffs and practice drivers have fought wage cuts in current days. Workers of the Charité and Vivantes public clinics are on indefinite strike.
The success of the referendum to date is an expression of this explosive ambiance. In 2019, in simply three months, 77,000 signed the request for its initiation, nearly 4 instances greater than obligatory. This 12 months, in simply 4 months, 350,000 signed off on the referendum, whereas solely 175,000 would have been wanted.
The ruling class and its events are responding to the worldwide working class offensive by strengthening fascist forces, arming the state equipment and fueling militarism. This response is most clearly expressed of their inhuman corona coverage, which sacrifices all human lives for the good thing about companies and rejects a scientifically based coverage to eradicate the virus.
The goal of the SGP is to provide the opposition and the struggles of the working class a socialist orientation, to unite them internationally and, with their sister events of the Fourth Worldwide, to construct a mass socialist celebration.
In the event you actually wish to expropriate the rental sharks, it’s best to vote for the SGP listing within the Berlin Home of Representatives and within the Bundestag elections on September 26. We advocate the expropriation of all housing teams with out compensation. In our electoral program, it says:
“No social downside could be solved with out expropriating banks and companies and inserting them underneath the democratic management of the working class. Their earnings and property should be confiscated and the trillions given to them final 12 months recovered. The world financial system should be reorganized on the premise of a scientific and rational plan.