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Martin Kannegiesser, President of the Employer Association for the Metal Industry (Gesamtmetall), said yesterday in Berlin that his industry relies on temporary employees. At the same time, Mr. Kannegiesser came out strongly against further legislation which would limit temporary employment in Germany.
According to the Association's President, temporary employment is a unique way of balancing the staffing demand between different industry sectors. He said "apart from anything else, temporary employment is important for keeping permanent employment at a high level. If there were no temporary employment, companies would have to make far more permanent employees redundant in bad times."
Kannegiesser went on to say "this is not about building up an army of reservists in the form of temporary employees in order to push down salary levels. Temporary employment cannot resolve fundamental un-competitiveness."
Detlef Wetzel of the IG Metall union criticised Kannegiesser's comments by saying "if employers in the metal industry continue to bet on salary dumping via temporary employment we will not be able to maintain our system of flexible collective bargaining. The temporary employment system in Germany has failed."