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Frank-Walter Steinmeier, the current German Foreign Minister and Socialist contestant to the incumbent Conservative Chancellor (effectively Prime Minister) Angela Merkel in the upcoming general elections in the Autumn, intends to review contractual conditions for temporary employees.
Steinmeier told a TV audience during an ARD election programme, "there is an awful lot of abuse going on in temporary employment. We need to address two issues: Firstly, how long does a temporary employee have to work for a company until he gets the same pay as a permanent employee who does the same job?"
"Secondly, how many temporary employees can a company employ as a percentage of permanent staff? We need to review both these issues in the coming year."
The temporary employment sector has suffered particularly hard from the economic crisis. During the last six months of 2008 one in five temporary employees lost their jobs in Germany. According to the Federal Agency for Labour (BA), job losses among temporary employees continued during the first six months of 2009, albeit at a slower pace.