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Germany – BMW keen to solve “temp problem”

12 March 2012

There has been much hassle regarding BMW’s “extensive use” of temporary workers, which unions harshly oppose. Today it has come to light that the automobile giant is keen to work to address union concerns after an industrial tribunal in February ruled in favour of the company’s recruitment of temporary staff.

The firm was sued earlier this year after union representatives at BMW had refused to renew 1100 temporary contracts, claiming that this practice created a two-tier system of employees.

However, BMW and unions representatives are now said to be engaged in “intensive” and “confidential” talks concerning the matter.

According to the industrial union of metalworkers, IG Metall, BMW employs around 11,000 temporary workers and around 70,000 permanent employees in Germany. Although other carmakers such as VW and Daimler also make extensive use of temporary staff, BMW is said to employ the highest number of temporary workers, something the unions have condemned.

BMW has declined to comment on how many temporary workers the firm actually employs in the country but has confirmed that temporary labour is an important tool to keep the market flexible.

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