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Germany — Black sheep and misunderstandings give temporary employment a bad name

12 August 2009

In an open discussion organised by the Christian Democratic Employees Organisation (CDA) it was noted that temporary employment needs a better image in Germany. Bern Bajohr of German Trade Union Verdi said: "Temporary employment has fundamentally correct answers to the challenges of a modern employment market. The bad image is entirely due to the black sheep agencies who behave badly".

CDA representative Hans Joachim Wendland said that;"many people don't know that licensed temporary employment agencies sign long term contracts with their temporary employees and pay social security and Summer and Christmas bonuses for them. They are therefore not "workers on loan"; but full-time employees of their agencies".

Bernd Bajohr said further; "it is high time that union representatives change their attitudes towards temporary workers. When works councils in times of mass redundancies talk about things like; "well, they are only temps"; you know that something needs to be done".

It was also noted that one temporary employee out of three ends up as a full-time employee in the company he works for.



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