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Source: DGB – BundesvorstandPM 060 – 05.10.2020Working contract / temporary workPiel: There is no getting around a ban on temporary work and work contractsAt the hearing in the Bundestag, Anja Piel, DGB board member, said on Monday in Berlin: “There is nothing to ban temporary work and work contracts Gone if this federal government is serious about finally putting an end to the organized irresponsibility that made the system of exploitation and abuse possible in the first place. Announcements and voluntary commitments to improve were never honored by the meat industry. On the contrary: For years, 14-hour shifts, wage fraud and the increased risk of accidents due to enormous work pressure have been a bitter reality for the mostly Eastern European people. Anyone who falls ill or is unable to perform is ‘sorted out’, loses work and a home. The draft law therefore sets the right priorities. The fact that there are clear responsibilities for personnel, occupational safety and hygiene in the future is an appropriate response to years of abuse. Excluding temporary work from the ban, as the meat barons demand, would be an unacceptable new loophole. All the arguments of the meat industry – from ‘entrepreneurial freedom’ to seasonal peaks – fuel the suspicion that some companies are only concerned with continuing a dangerous abuse system under a different name. In future, the employer is obliged to provide adequate accommodation and to be responsible for the quality of accommodation even if it is made available by third parties. Nevertheless, there is no rental cost cap with which the fraud in collective wages and minimum wages could finally end. The federal government urgently needs to improve this. “




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