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Final agreement over working conditions in Germany

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The grand coalition has come to an agreement in the dispute over working conditions in the German meat industry. The government factions of the CDU / CSU and SPD agreed on an occupational health and safety control law and a schedule for parliamentary deliberations. The last controversial law within the federal government is to be discussed in the Bundestag in mid-December; the Union had urged changes to the proposals made by Federal Labor Minister Hubertus Heil (SPD).

Posted on Nov 30 ,05:34

Final agreement over working conditions in Germany

The agreement now provides that work contracts and temporary work for slaughtering and cutting should be banned completely and largely in meat processing. In meat processing, however, it should be possible to cover seasonal production peaks by allowing temporary work to a limited extent under collective agreements. However, the temporary workers should receive the same pay as the permanent workforce, and the occupational health and safety regulations should also apply in full. Small butcher shops are largely excluded from the amendment to the law.

Hermann Groehe Deputy Chairman of the CDU / CSU parliamentary group: "With the new Occupational Safety and Health Control Act, we are creating order on the labor market in the meat industry. We strengthen corporate responsibility, employee rights, social partnership and state control tasks. Checks in the past and corona outbreaks in slaughterhouses have shown that unsustainable conditions in working and living conditions had arisen to a not inconsiderable extent. Since voluntary commitments have not led to radical changes in the past, the legislature and the state control authorities are called upon to ensure occupational health and safety through changed framework conditions for the meat industry. We fulfill these obligations in which we completely prohibit work contracts and temporary work in slaughtering and cutting and largely in meat processing. In meat processing, to cover seasonal production peaks, it should be possible to allow temporary work - but not work contracts - to a limited extent under collective agreements, with the same pay as in the area of the permanent workforce and with full application of the health and safety regulations."

With the law, the grand coalition is also responding to repeated coronavirus outbreaks in the meat industry. The Minister of Labor had recently repeatedly called on the Union to reach an early agreement, as the new regulations should come into force on January 1st.

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