MIL OSI Translation. Region: Germany / Deutschland –
Source: CDU CSU
December 16, 2020
Occupational Safety and Health Control Act strengthens fair competition in the industry
The German Bundestag passed the Occupational Safety and Health Control Act for the meat industry today. The chairman of the employee group Uwe Schummer explains:
“With a legal prohibition of work contracts and temporary work in the core business of the meat industry as well as a prescribed increased inspection density, we are showing the limits of the scandal-ridden slaughterhouse industry. We have an effective set of instruments with which we can end the unbearable conditions in the German slaughterhouses very quickly. Anyone who does not use the entrepreneurial freedoms we fundamentally want for fair and creative competition, but rather abuses them for the systematic circumvention of the law and the most shabby exploitation of employees, now knows that the consequences are immediate. That is the social market economy.
In the parliamentary deliberations, we were able to implement significant improvements to the draft law. It was particularly important to us that the artisanal butcher shops that were in no way involved in the scandals were not covered by the measures. This is largely the case now. Meat processing companies that are particularly dependent on flexibility in terms of work due to seasonal order peaks can – unlike slaughterhouses – resort to temporary work at peak times if this has been agreed in a collective agreement with the participation of their employers’ association. Employers and employees in the industry are called upon to see this as an opportunity for good social partnership for the benefit of all parties involved and now to quickly enter into constructive collective bargaining. This can also be based on around 60 existing collective agreements in the industry. “
EDITOR’S NOTE: This article is a translation. Apologies should the grammar and / or sentence structure not be perfect.