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Germany — 35% of all new jobs created in June 2010 were temporary jobs

28 July 2010

According to an official statement from the German government requested by the Left Party (Linkspartei) and leaked to German daily Berliner Zeitung reports, 35% of all new jobs created in Germany in June 2010 were temporary jobs compared to 25% in January 2010,

The statement says further that the number of new temporary jobs has doubled since January 2010 whilst the number of new permanent jobs increased by one third during the same period.

Left Party Spokesperson, Jutta Krellmann, called the official data from the government "alarming" and said that "temporary employment must no longer be allowed to be used as part of a corporate salary dumping strategy."

Krellmann demands that the government introduce a new law on equal pay for equal work in order to avoid the abuse of temporary employees as badly paid second class citizens.

Dieter Hundt, President of the Federal Employer Association (BDA), has spoken out in favour of a nationally legally binding minimum salary for temporary employees in order to prevent salary dumping by temporary employment agencies from the new member states of the European Union when the market opens up for them in 2011.

Hundt said "there is the danger that when the labour market opens up completely in May 2011, temporary employees from Eastern Europe can come to this country and work for between 3 Euro and 4 Euro per hour."

The current coalition government is split on the issue of minimum salaries, with the Conservatives in favour and the Liberal Democrats against.



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