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Around the Web – Ford hires too many contract workers

05 December 2012

Auto manufacturer Ford has been criticised over the use of agency and contracted workers the US firm is using at a German base in Cologne. The newspaper Berliner Zeitung writes that the car maker hires around 3,000 engineers and technical workers at a research and development centre in the city – 1,400 of which are not direct employees.

The paper claims that those external workers are often highly qualified, but still earn less than the permanent workforce.

Work councils have condemned this practice, saying that those employees also have to work longer hours with the pay gap rising over the years. Engineers employed by Ford can earn up to €5,700 after seven years of employment while those hired externally make around €4,000.

Employee representatives are concerned over the extent of outsourcing practices and have warned that companies such as Ford, Airbus or Daimler – which are all known to use larger numbers of contracted or agency staff – will risk losing industry know-how.

The whole article, in German, can be accessed here.

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