20000 jobs in danger in Germany (logistics)

According to German news website Tagesschau round about 20000 jobs are in danger in the logistics industry, mainly with small- and medium-sized businesses, due to the currently high oil price and therefore resulting high gas prices.

From an economic point of view, this is a normal market development. As costs for goods increase, the selling price will increase as well, thereby less consumers are taking the offer in the long run. On the extreme short run, the demand cannot change and people will take the higher prices, yet slowly search for alternatives. The market from the customer point of view does not only include logistics, but based on the actual need  (i.e. is it a product shipped or just a conveniently side-stop), clients will find other more cheaply ways to solve the situation or will pass the higher costs to their customers.

In any way, with not decreasing input costs, high prices will remain stable, thereby less customers will buy and those business who cannot afford to operate with less consumers will be out of market, giving a higher share of customers to the remaining businesses.

The complaint that jobs are lost is a single-view one. Jobs are never lost, for there is always the question: Lost to whom? The economic power to create or service that is behind each individual is still existing, however the exploitation, the usage of this power, within this function logistics is not valid anymore. However it may be shifted to another industry, being in use there.

From the personal point of view of each of these laborers, workers and employees however it is a loss, for their life changes dramatically, especially in the low-educational sector. The higher qualified people are, the easier it will be for them to get a job again, just as the general spectrum of jobs available to them is greater than for lower-educated people. Whether high-qualified people take low-educational jobs or not is another question, but for those not educated to take over high-qualified jobs the situation is a different.

Right at this point, several questions should come to mind:

1. In which way is society generating a process that people loosing their jobs will find another adequate work within a reasonable amount of time?

2. In which way is the educational system prepared and activatable to give a mass of people a new education and to whose costs?

3. Whose responsibility is it to guarantee that an economy is using its potential economic power? The state, the industry or the individuals within their situations? Or, otherwise said: Who should initiate the above-mentioned process?

4. Despite the fact that we have to consider an amount of 20000 people on the short run to get another education, how is our youth prepared for the challenges of fast-changes in the industry?

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