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Germany – Anti-staffing industry proposal fails

19 June 2012

Federal governments in Germany have failed to implement regulations which would have imposed further restrictions on staffing firms in the country. This comes after the association of employment agencies (BAP) harshly criticised the proposals.

The three states of Baden-Württemberg, North Rhine Palatine and Rhineland-Palatinate have had to drop their initiative in the German Upper House on Friday, after these federal governments went on a highly publicised campaign which undermined the industry.

They argued that temporary agency workers are often victims of wage dumping and had amongst other things lobbied for equal pay. The initiative also wanted to restrict the use of temporary labour.

The BAP has in response wrote to several ministers and to members of the Parliament to publicise the biased nature of these claims, arguing that the campaign had been flawed by false statistics and “manipulated claims” of the German Confederation of Trade Unions (DGB).

BAP President Volker Enkerts expressed relief that the initiative failed. He said that “A realisation of such proposals would have had significant negative impacts – for the German labour market and the economy, but most of all for employers and permanent employees. Luckily common sense has won.”

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