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Germany – BMW in court over reduction of temporary staff

03 February 2012

The committee of the Leipzig BMW branch wants to “take action against the extensive use of temporary workers” in the company. Council chairman Jens Köhler told a local radio station in Saxony that over 40% (1,120 workers) of employees at BMW Leipzig are temporary workers. “This is not acceptable”, Mr Köhler said.   

Although he does not oppose temporary staffing, Mr Köhler stated that these proportions are not adequate so the Leipzig branch of BMW has stopped hiring temporary workers altogether. Mr Köhler hopes that this move will get more permanent staff on board, however, BMW’s management has taken the committee of the Leipzig branch to court over this as they do not agree with reducing the amount of temporary staff drastically. The Leipzig Labour Court meanwhile confirmed the receipt of BMW’s claims and the first hearing will be on 15 February.

Germany currently has over 900,000 temporary staff, a number that has tripled in less than a decade. While the German Government is clearly supportive of the use of temporary workers to give the economy a boost, opponents fear that the increase of temporary workers will threaten those in permanent employment. 

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