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MIL OSI Translation. Region: Germany / Deutschland –

Source: CDU CSU

Madam President! Dear colleagues! We are supposed to vote by name on this law – I think it is a good law. I am a little surprised at the debate we are having now. Greens and leftists have announced that they want to approve the law, but are holding speeches in which they say that the meat lobby has supposedly prevailed; that somehow doesn’t go together. Mr. Cronenberg, the FDP complains about the grievances that exist, but then rejects the law.

Ladies and gentlemen, the deliberations on this law have taken up the time necessary for us to get a good bill through. We didn’t block, we talked about a lot of details, and I think we have made a detailed, good and precise law to put an end to grievances in the meat industry. The negotiations have been successful.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU)

As a Union we have nothing to blame. It was my friend Karl Schiewerling who pushed through the GSA meat in the last legislative period; he first of all.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU)

Dear colleagues, in fact: We make strict rules for the meat industry. But we also make it possible for collective agreements to be concluded in which other regulations can be made to a limited extent. And the fact that a left-wing union secretary criticizes the possibility of concluding collective agreements is a great achievement for the left.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU)

Vice President Dagmar Ziegler:

Honorable Member, would you allow the Honorable Member Ernst to ask a question?

Peter Weiß (Emmendingen) (CDU / CSU):

May I help you.

Vice President Dagmar Ziegler:

Mr Ernst, you have the floor.

Klaus Ernst (DIE LINKE):

Mr Weiß, thank you for allowing the question. – It is now the second time in this debate that Mr Schiewerling has received such praise in this context. What do you think of the following statement from Mr. Schiewerling? The debate at that time was about the same facts that we are discussing today, exactly the same thing: the inexplicable and untenable conditions in the meat industry. He said:

What we experience and what is described is not based on a lack of laws, but is simply a violation of existing laws.

Then why are you changing the law? Then why do you agree now?

Would you agree with me that Karl Schiewerling obviously had a classic misjudgment about the conditions in the meat industry? Would you agree with me that, due to this fact and under the pressure of the circumstances, the CDU / CSU is now ready to finally pass a law that the Left and the Greens have long been calling for and that you and the FDP, also under pressure from the FDP?

You said: there is no need for action. – It took you almost ten years to finally identify a need for action; that’s the truth. And now I am happy that we will now have a law that at least goes in the right direction, even if it is not yet sufficient. That is why we also agree, Mr White.

(Applause from DIE LINKE and MPs from BÜNDNISSES 90 / DIE GRÜNEN)

Vice President Dagmar Ziegler:

Mr. White, please.

Peter Weiß (Emmendingen) (CDU / CSU):

Dear colleague Ernst, I don’t want to say anything about you personally now, but something about Karl Schiewerling. I hardly know any MP or former MP who is as familiar with meat as he is.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU and members of the SPD)

He has proven this several times here in the German Bundestag. At that time he started a remarkable legislative initiative with the GSA meat, which was passed here. At the same time, we have seen the meat industry make a remarkable commitment.

(Niema Movassat [DIE LINKE]: Quite remarkable! – Alexander Ulrich [DIE LINKE]: It didn’t work!)

I want to be clear: if the meat industry had implemented this voluntary commitment, which we trusted at the time, we would not be discussing this law at all today. – It is remarkable that we were periodically presented with a self-commitment that was not kept by any iota. That is why we are reacting now, and rightly so.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU)

Vice President Dagmar Ziegler:

Mr Weiß, there is still a need for further discussion with you, namely from Mrs Krellmann from the Left and from Hubertus Heil from the SPD parliamentary group. Would you like?

Peter Weiß (Emmendingen) (CDU / CSU):

With pleasure.

Jutta Krellmann (DIE LINKE):

Herr Weiß, you said something to me.

Peter Weiß (Emmendingen) (CDU / CSU):

Yes.

Jutta Krellmann (DIE LINKE):

I am a trade unionist. I know how collective agreements are made and I know how difficult it is.

(Applause from the LEFT)

To reproach me for criticizing collective agreements at the point is not true. You weren’t listening right!

(Applause from the LEFT)

Peter Weiß (Emmendingen) (CDU / CSU):

But.

Jutta Krellmann (DIE LINKE):

I said: The ball is with the NGG union because you have not been able to make laws that are thought through to the end.

(Hermann Gröhe [CDU / CSU]: We’re strengthening the NGG! You just didn’t get that!)

Basically, what you did first, namely to completely ban temporary work and work contracts, was right.

(Applause from the LEFT)

The problem is that the unions now have to correct what you couldn’t do. But that is not the job of collective agreements.

(Applause from members of the DIE LINKE)

That’s what the NGG union is doing now, and I think that’s great. That’s why I said: I congratulate my colleagues and keep my fingers crossed that they can manage it.

I know how difficult it is today to conclude collective agreements, and I know how industrial relations, especially in the meat industry, including in Lower Saxony, have been destroyed over the years. They were destroyed at many points and no one was looking properly. They all allowed that

(Dr. Harald Weyel [AfD]: And destroyed too!)

looked with open eyes and saw nothing and did nothing. I still stand by collective agreements and believe that collective bargaining coverage needs to be strengthened instead of weakening it further and further. It’s not OK!

(Applause from DIE LINKE and MPs from the SPD)

Vice President Dagmar Ziegler:

Mr. White, please.

Peter Weiß (Emmendingen) (CDU / CSU):

Mrs Krellmann, sorry, then you either did not read and understood the law correctly or you said something wrong earlier.

(Jutta Krellmann [DIE LINKE]: Or you didn’t listen to me!)

Because this law is unambiguous and clear: In the core areas of slaughtering, cutting and processing, any work contract is prohibited from January 1, 2021 and any temporary employment relationship is prohibited from April 1, 2021.

There is only one possibility – initially limited to three years – that is, through a collective agreement, the collective bargaining partners can stipulate that in the area of ​​processing, where there are production peaks, they will cover a certain percentage to cover these production peaks – a maximum of 8 percent of the total Workforce – allow temporary work.

That means, the employers have to go to the union and say: “We would like that”, and then the union has to say: Yes, but there are requirements and conditions on our side for this,

(Marianne Schieder [SPD]: Exactly! Yes!)

For example, good wages, good vacation regulations, good company pension schemes. – I think we are going to pass a law with which we give the NGG union a working instrument with which it can finally enforce good conditions for employees. That is the point of these legal regulations!

(Applause from the CDU / CSU and members of the SPD)

Vice President Dagmar Ziegler:

And the MP Hubertus Heil has the floor.

(Michael Theurer [FDP]: The colleague is now asking the government, or what?)

Hubertus Heil (Peine) (SPD):

I am also a member of the German Bundestag, colleague. – Madam President! Dear colleague Weiß, I got in touch because someone was talking about Karl Schiewerling. Karl Schiewerling is not a member of my party, but yours. I want to say to my colleagues on the Left: At that time, Karl Schiewerling and Andrea Nahles did not rely solely on self-commitment, but on changing the law. I am sure that if my colleague Schiewerling were in this house, he would have fought by my side for this law – I will say that – because he is someone who had the courage to take on this meat lobby when it was has not got around to everyone yet. Let that be said very clearly!

(Applause from the SPD, the CDU / CSU and the BÜNDNIS 90 / DIE GRÜNEN)

But I want to build a bridge for Jutta Krellmann and Peter Weiß – not just because of the pre-Christmas atmosphere. You agree to the law – for various reasons – and I am deeply grateful for that. Because we as the German Bundestag make one thing clear: In contrast to what right-wing populists are spreading, there are no lobbyists in this parliament, but rather democratic politics take precedence. We were not impressed when lobbyists tried to overturn not just details of the law, but the entire law.

Therefore, colleague Weiss, I am very grateful that we managed to do this. The NGG and the DGB and Anja Piel as DGB board member welcomed this. I just wanted to clarify that in the sense of an interim remark in order to build this bridge. So thank you to the CDU / CSU, to the Left and to the Greens for doing everything I proposed. I wanted to get rid of that again.

(Applause from the SPD and the LEFT as well as from members of the CDU / CSU)

Vice President Dagmar Ziegler:

Mr White, you have the floor.

Peter Weiß (Emmendingen) (CDU / CSU):

I thank the member of parliament, Federal Minister Heil, for his comment,

(Michael Theurer [FDP]: The question is: What do you think of that?)

especially to Karl Schiewerling. I can tell you: Karl Schiewerling, who left parliament at his own request in the last federal election, also emphatically supported us as non-parliamentarians in getting this law off the ground, and he is happy with us when we do it decide today with a large majority.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU and members of the SPD)

With this law we are showing the meat industry a clear edge.

It is important for me to emphasize once again that we have experienced a remarkable structural change in Germany in the last few decades, in which the importance of the artisanal butcher’s and butcher’s businesses has decreased. With this law we make it clear: This law does not affect the traditional, artisanal butcher’s and butcher’s trade; rather, we are now making a regulation regarding a limit number that does not include the salespeople.

This is a clear announcement: Please prefer more sales branches for traditional handicrafts in our towns and cities, which ensure that regional production and slaughter are carried out and that regionally processed good meat and sausage products are available for us as consumers.

(Applause from members of the CDU / CSU)

I hope that our fellow citizens will understand this and that this law may be the starting point for a renaissance of the classic butcher’s and butcher’s trade in Germany. That would be an advantage for all of us, including in meat processing.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU)

Of course, we also need more information for those who work in meat processing, especially if they come from the European Member States. That is why – I would like to emphasize – we have already anchored and financially strengthened the “Fair Mobility” project carried out by the DGB. We want to ensure fair, orderly working conditions in Germany. We want to strengthen collective bargaining autonomy. We want to strengthen the traditional butcher and butcher trade. And we want our employees to know about their rights and to be able to make use of them.

Many Thanks.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU and members of the SPD)

MIL OSI

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